Augusta First Tee holds qualifier for Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Monday, August, 18, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- This past April, it was a huge success to kick off Masters week, the Drive, Chip, and Putt Championships.

This year, they took it to another level with even more entries. Today, a sub regional qualifier with kids looking to take the next step at getting to Augusta National.

Drive, Chip and Putt. The most important aspects of any golf game. Today at Augusta's sub-regional for THE national drive, chip and putt competition. There was another important aspect swinging around the course.

"Because I wanted to win and go all the way like going to the Masters," said Dino Sposalo.

"I think it's going through my head at every stage of this competition," added Kelly Strickland.

"Exciting because that's a dream of mine to play at Augusta National," added Kendall Mann.

The dream of Augusta National was on the tee for golfers from all over the southeast. The top two from each age group advance to a regional next month. Win the regional. And it's off to the big course next April.

"I really just want to get better at all parts of my game and this is a really fun way to do it and compete against girls that are your age," added Strickland.

Strickland is inching closer, winning the 14 & 15 age group. Others missed out by inches, but it didn't ruin the mood of a day on the course.

"I just had a blast I went out there and did my best and that's what I'm going to take from this and work hard and try to move on from it," said Brette Byrant.

Moving on was the name of the game, only 16 golfers did it. The experience and opportunity will stick for a lifetime.

The area had two make it through today's qualifier. Emma Chen for the 10-11 year old age group, and Madison Harwell for the 12 and 13 year old age group.

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