Open to boys and girls ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a program organized by the Masters Tournament, USGA, and PGA of America to engage kids and families in golf and grow the game. It’s gained immediate notoriety with its National Finals being conducted at Augusta National each year and broadcast on Golf Channel, kicking off Masters week in a fun and special way.
It’s completely free, and the championship begins with more than 260 local qualifiers across all 50 states. It’s designed to focus on golf’s three fundamental skills: driving, chipping and putting. This is not just for kids who go out there and play 18 holes regularly. It focuses on the basics, helping kids to learn and have fun playing the game while improving. At each qualifying stage, this program encourages kids by awarding medals in all three skills individually, in addition to the overall winners. It aims to foster a sense of confidence and achievement so they continue to play and work towards their goals. Bottom line, this program is about helping kids have fun playing golf and growing the game.
Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 1 the eve of the 2018 Masters.