Registration for 2021-22 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifiers is now open.
The announcement was made Monday in a joint statement from the USGA, Masters Tournament and PGA of America.
“We are thrilled to be able to safely return to a full qualifying schedule this year for Drive, Chip and Putt,” USGA CEO Mike Davis said in the release. “The program continues to be an important vehicle to introduce and encourage junior participation in golf and serves as a foundation for their lifetime enjoyment of the game. We all benefit annually from watching these young players having fun in a game they love.”
Local qualifying begins May 1, continuing throughout the summer with 330 events across the nation. Boys and girls ages 7-15 are eligible and the winners of those events will move on to 61 sub-regional events. The winners of those events will participate in 10 regional qualifiers, with 80 participants moving onto the finals at Augusta National Golf Club.
Locations for regional qualifiers include Pebble Beach Golf Links, TPC Scottsdale, Medinah Country Club, Oak Hill Country Club, Colorado Golf Club, Quail Hollow Club, TPC River Highlands, Alotian Club, The Bear’s Club and Oakland Hills Country Club.
“Drive, Chip and Putt is a fun, accessible way for boys and girls of all skill levels to enjoy playing the game, and we are excited to offer this opportunity once again for participants across the country,” ANGC and Masters Tournament Chairman Fred Ridley said in the statement. “We appreciate the commitment of our partners at the USGA and PGA of America in our efforts to conduct this year’s qualifiers responsibly and provide a pathway for juniors to develop a lasting connection with golf.”
The qualifying events will follow protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, including mask requirements, social distancing and limiting the number of spectators. More information of registration and safety protocols can be found on the Drive, Chip and Putt website.
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