The field for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals has been finalized, according to news carried by The Golf Channel.
Eighty junior boys and girls, ages 7-15 from 30 different U.S. states, will compete at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.
That number includes six returners from this past April’s national finals: Lisa Copeland (2017 national finalist), of Naperville, Ill.; Brayden Dock (2021 national finalist), of Queensbury, N.Y.; Michael Jorski (2018 national finalist), of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; Athena Singh (2021 national finalist), of Morehead, Ky.; Asterisk Talley (2018 national finalist), of Chowchilla, Calif.; Champa Visetsin (2021 national finalist), of Sudbury, Mass.
The field also features:
• The LaTorre brothers from Nassau, N. Y. Mason LaTorre and Tanner LaTorre took first place in the boys 7-9 and boys 12-13 divisions, respectively, at TPC River Highlands. “It’s pretty cool we’re both going to Augusta National,” Tanner LaTorre said. “And we’ll be walking on the greens there. That’s so special, like sacred ground.”
• Kaylie Bae of Happy Valley, Ore., who picked up the game just 18 months ago and then won the girls 7-9 division at Pebble Beach Golf Links by a 20-point margin.
• Katelyn Burks of Paoli, Pa., took first place at Oak Hill Country Club after celebrating her eighth birthday. Her older sister, Jillian, competed at Augusta National in this past year’s national finals.
Regional qualifying was recently completed at 10 sites across the country with the top finishers in each age/gender divisions from each site advancing to the national finals, which will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.
Here is the complete field:
Jordin Christine de Graaf
Emma Kate Rice
Michael DePalma Jr.
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.
By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, Drive, Chip and Putt provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.
Local qualifying is typically available in all 50 states. For more information, please visit the Rules and Regulations.