Winners crowned in 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Drive, Chip & Putt
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Chance Rincol gives a high five to Logan Medcalf during the in the boys' 7-9 age group finals in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.
By
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

Series: PGA

Published: Sunday, April 05, 2015 | 6:10 p.m.
 
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Toby Wilson had a Sunday to remember. The 15-year-old from Tennessee bumped into former Masters champion Fred Couples for a quick chat, hit two tee shots that went out of bounds and rallied to leave Augusta National with a trophy. 
 
Wilson was among eight winners of the second annual "Drive, Chip and Putt Championship" on the final day before practice for the Masters begins. 
 
He was among two players with rallies that would have made Jack Nicklaus proud. 
 
And the chat with Couples ended with Mr. Cool telling the teenager to "Go get `em." 
 
Wilson tied for last in the driving competition by not getting a tee shot in play. But not to worry. He won the chipping and putting competition and wound up a winner in the 14-15 boys division. 
 
It was not much different from the start of 9-year-old Jay Leng Jr. of San Diego County. 
 
 
Leng already is a prolific winner, including the U.S. Kids World Championship at Mid-Pines. He has experience competing. But he had one slice and another duck-hook and finished ninth among the 10 players in the 9-10 division. He figured his chances were over until he won the chipping and putting to get into a playoff, and then won with a putt on the 18th hole to win the trophy. 
 
The only problem? Nick Faldo presented the trophy and accidentally broke it. 
 
"He said, 'Does the Masters have super glue?'" Leng said. 
 
Morgan Goldstein was at Augusta National for the second straight year, this time as a player. The 13-year-old from Las Vegas watched her younger brother, Aidan, finish fourth last year. She narrowly missed out in regional qualifying last year, and this time earned a spot from the Rocky Mountain region. 
 
And then she dominated. 
 
Goldstein won the driving contest. She won the chipping contest. And then she won the putting contest to capture the girls 12-13 division. 
 
"It was amazing to be out there, and my chipping was really good," she said. "I just needed to concentrate. And it was me, the hole and the ball." 
 
Faldo was among eight former champions, all dressed in their green jackets, who presented the trophies to the individual and overall champions from each age group. 
 
The other winners: 
 
-- Effie Perakis from Glenview, Illinois (girls 7-9) 
 
-- Lydia Swan of North East, Pennsylvania (girls 10-11) 
 
-- Jake Peacock of Alpharetta, Georgia (boys 10-11) 
 
-- George Duangmanee of Fairfax, Virginia (boys 12-13) 
 
-- Alexandra Swayne of Mainesville, Ohio (girls 14-15). 
 
Kelly Xu of Santa Monica, California, went up an age division to girls 10-11, and then she discovered what 75 of the some of the world's best players have learned over the years – it's not easy to win back-to-back at Augusta National. 
 
Xu was the first player to win a trophy a year ago. She was in New York last year with Bubba Watson to promote the event. She finished eighth. 
 

 

 

 

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