Kids Have Their Own Shot at Master’s on Augusta’s Famed Golf Course

Apr 7, 2014 4:22pm
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Jack McMullin, of Seattle, reacts after hitting his third putt on the 18th green during the "Drive, Chip and Putt" golf contest at Augusta National on April 6, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (The Augusta Chronicle, Jon-Michael Sullivan/AP Photo )

On the most storied golf course in America, nearly 90 kid golfers took to the greens this weekend to compete for their own high-level competition just a day ahead of the famed Master’s tournament.

The “Drive, Chip and Putt Championship” was organized by Augusta National, the USGA and the PGA of America, according to the Associated Press.

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Kelly Xu, girls 7 to 9 overall category winner, holds her trophy after the "Drive, Chip and Putt" contest at Augusta National on April 6, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (The Augusta Chronicle, Jon-Michael Sullivan/AP Photo )

The winner of the boys’ competition was 11-year-old Leo Chen of Northridge, Calif., who sunk a 20-foot putt on the last hole of the skills challenge and was awarded with a green jacket from his parents at the end, just like the jacket the pros wear when they win the Master’s, according to the report.

Kelly Xu, 9, from Santa Monica, Calif., won the 7 to 9 age division for girls.

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Peyton Rho reacts after hitting his third putt on the 18th green during the "Drive, Chip and Putt" contest at Augusta National on April 6, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (The Augusta Chronicle, Jon-Michael Sullivan/AP Photo)

“I will definitely remember this experience,” she told the AP. “To me, it’s the most special course in the world. I feel like all my hard work has really paid off, and it feels really good.”

 

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