The USGA, PGA of America and the Masters Tournament announced that qualifying registration for Drive, Chip, and Putt is now officially open on DriveChipandPutt.com.
This free nationwide youth golf development initiative invites boys and girls, ages 7-15, to participate in local qualifying opportunities in all 50 states throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Entrants will play in girls’ and boys’ divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills – driving, chipping and putting. Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September/October, respectively, at several of the nation’s most acclaimed venues and championship sites.
One of those regional qualifiers will take place at TPC River Highlands, the site of the Travelers Championship, on September 29. "This is a great program that builds excitement about our game," said CSGA Director of Rules and Competitions Ryan Hoffman. "Finalists earn the terrific reward of competing at Augusta National. But we're excited this year to have a regional qualifying right here at TPC River Highlands."
Throught regional qualifying 40 boys and 40 girls will earn the invitation to compete in the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 5, the eve of the 2020 Masters Tournament.
“We are proud to be a founding partner of Drive, Chip and Putt, and are excited to bring young golfers to several USGA championship sites through our active participation in this program,” said Mark Newell, president of the USGA. “One of our most important tasks in this partnership is to work with every family through the registration process – which provides an important pathway into the game for so many across our country.”
“We are delighted that Drive, Chip and Putt continues to achieve our goal of engaging junior golfers of all ages and skill levels,” said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “As a result of our shared partnership with the PGA of America and USGA, Drive, Chip and Putt gets better every year, helping new and returning young players across the country experience all the benefits our great game has to offer in a unique and fun way.”
“We’re proud that Drive, Chip and Putt serves as a welcoming environment for girls and boys to showcase their golf skills and passion for the game,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “The PGA of America is excited to host qualifying events across each of our 41 PGA Sections nationwide, as we inspire the next generation to pursue a lifetime of fun and enjoyment through the game of golf.”
The current sixth season of Drive, Chip and Putt will conclude on the eve of the upcoming Masters Tournament, with 80 junior golfers competing in the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 7. Golf Channel will broadcast the event live across North America and South America.
The full breakdown and schedule of 2020 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying is as follows:
• 311 host sites throughout all 50 states
• 3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
• 61 host sites in more than 20 states
• 2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
• 10 host sites in 10 regions
• 1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue
National Finals (April 5, 2020):
• 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
Ten regional qualifying events in September and October include:
September 29 | TPC River Highlands
(Site of the Travelers Championship)