Fact sheet: Drive Chip & Putt Championship

Drive Chip & Putt Championship
By
PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Monday, April 08, 2013 | 2:23 p.m.

ELIGIBILITY

1. The 2014 Drive Chip & Putt Championship is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions in four age categories: 7-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old. Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the Championship Final on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

DRIVE CHIP & PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP

On Monday, April 8, 2013, the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America announced the creation of the Drive Chip & Putt Championship, a free, nationwide junior skills competition that will conclude at Augusta National Golf Club in 2014.

2. Participants may register to compete in only one local competition.

3. All competitors must conform to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status.

4. Only golf clubs on the most current USGA List of Conforming Clubs may be used in the competition.

ENTRIES

1. All participants must complete an online entry application at the Drive Chip & Putt Championship Web site, www.drivechipandputt.com.

2. Participation will be limited. When entries exceed available spots in any age division, applicants will be chosen via random drawing, with every applicant receiving an equal opportunity to be awarded a place in local qualifying.

3. Entry applications must be received no later than 5 P.M. EDT on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

4. There is no entry fee for the Drive Chip & Putt Championship.

SCHEDULE OF COMPETITION

1. The Drive Chip & Putt Championship will be conducted in three stages:
a. Local qualifying – 110 qualifying events will be conducted from June 1 to July 15, 2013 (courses in each of the following locations – Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C.).

b. Regional qualifying – 11 qualifying events to be conducted from August 1 to August 31, 2013 (Courses in each of the following States – Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas (2), Virginia and Washington).

c. Championship final – To be conducted Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

2. All participants must begin the competition at the local qualifying level.

3. From local qualifying, the top two overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the regional qualifying level of the competition.

4. The regional competition is a new competition with no carryover from the local competition. The overall champion in each of the boys and girls division from the four age categories will advance to the finals to be held the Sunday before the Masters Tournament (April 6, 2014).

5. The championship final will take place at Augusta National Golf Club and be staged on its Tournament Practice Facility (Driving / Chipping) and 18th green (Putting). The championship final is a new competition with no carryover from the regional competition.
6. The championship final will be produced and broadcast by Golf Channel.

SCORING / COMPETING

1. Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive Chip & Putt). An individual rules sheet for each skill competition is available on the championship Web site, www.drivechipandputt.com.

2. Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the overall champion of their age category.

AWARDS

1. Local Qualifier: Ribbons for 1st – 3rd places overall; Ribbons for 1st – 3rd of each skill; Every participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt Championship logoed t-shirt.

2. Regional Qualifier: Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for 1st – 3rd places overall; Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for 1st – 3rd places of each skill; Every participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt Championship logoed divot tool, ball markers and towel.

3. Championship Final: Trophies for each age division champion and winners of individual skills; Every participant will receive a Drive Chip & Putt Championship logoed golf shirt, matching cap, bag tag and three (3) Monday Practice Round tickets for the 2014 Masters Tournament.


Comments

TEXASHAWAII33

Well I feel that there are so many golfers out there that don't have parents that spend an enormous about of money to get the kids lessons and make any competition a dog eat dog and teaches nothing about a life skill and the kids like my own daughter who has never had a lesson because she can't afford but belongs to the FirstTee is a fantastic player and sure with some affordable lessons could be not only a great role model because of her work ethic, has great grades and only needs a chance to be able to take affordable lessons to be a polish player. They are more than willing to give back to the program than those kids with deep pockets. And that is not speaking for all kids with parents who can afford lessons but as mentor of the game, I see it all the time. Is the spoiled child with expensive lessons going to be a great role model for others to follow or will the child who has had to work their rear end off going to be much more better role model and a great asset to the game of golf.

bandondoug

Hopefully the program will expand in the future. It would be a shame if the 100s of thousands of junior golfers in the Midwest, were denied reasonable access to this exciting event. As a Colorado club professional, I would love to use this program to help grow the game.

Chadbarthel

According to the USA today the number of participants is going to be capped and there are no local qualifiers anywhere in the midwest. When I saw the contest announced I assumed local PGA pros would host events at their courses and make the game accessible to the masses. Instead, this is the first of many times kids who are interested in golf are going to get the message that this game is exclusionary by design.

bobsaeger

Now all they have to do is find a way to make golf more affordable for people to play. We need a LOT MORE 9 hole courses, and 9 hole tournaments anyone can play. It's all about growing, and developing the game. For example, if one should try to get started like Trevino did... in today's world you would get arrested ! EVERYTHING is getting polarized these days. Go play !

bobsaeger

Now all they have to do is find a way to make golf more affordable for people to play. We need a LOT MORE 9 hole courses, and 9 hole tournaments anyone can play. It's all about growing, and developing the game. For example, if one should try to get started like Trevino did... in today's world you would get arrested ! EVERYTHING is getting polarized these days. Go play !