Junior Golfers Are on Their Way to Drive, Chip & Putt at Augusta

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DriveChipPutt_Logo_with_SponsorBy: Brad Bennett

On April 5, 80 junior golfers will head to Augusta National Golf Club for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

And what do 16 of them have in common?
The First Tee!

The First Tee is proud of our 16 participants who have made it to the final competition. The road to Magnolia Lane began with local qualifying held at more than 250 sites throughout the United States during the summer of 2014. With every drive, every chip and every putt, these golfer are now eligible to compete at one of the most historic courses in the world.

Golf Channel 2014 logoYou can watch this year’s Drive, Chip & Putt Championship live on Golf Channel beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern, Sunday, April 5. Find out about some of The First Tee’s junior golfers as they prepare to have one of the greatest experiences of their lives!

JessicaJessica GuiserThe First Tee of Milwaukee County
Age Division: Girls 7-9
Number of years with The First Tee: 2
Favorite activity outside of golf: Skiing and playing with friends
Thoughts on qualifying for the championship and getting to visit Augusta: So awesome! Very excited and feel very privileged.

Grant HerrenbruckGrant HerrenbruckThe First Tee of Salina
Age Division: Boys 14-15
Number of years with The First Tee: 5
Favorite Core Value: Perseverance
Favorite activity outside of golf: Basketball
Thoughts on qualifying for the championship and getting to visit Augusta: It is an incredible privilege to be going to the most exclusive country club in the world. I was blessed to make it all the way to the finals and I’m hoping I can bring my best game with me to Augusta.

Dong Soo LeeDongsoo LeeThe First Tee of Northwest Arkansas
Age Division: Boys 12-13
Number of years with The First Tee: 3
Favorite Core Values: I love Sportsmanship and Respect—everyone needs them
Favorite activity outside of golf: Math and playing basketball
Thoughts on qualifying for the championship and getting to visit Augusta: I didn’t think I’d make it this far, but I’m glad I did and I’m excited to go and hopefully I can shake Bubba Watson’s hand.

Mackenzie Lee

Mackenzie LeeThe First Tee of Central Arkansas
Age Division: Girls 10-11
Number of years with The First Tee: 7
Favorite Core Value: My favorite core value is confidence. I believe that it is so important for success.
Favorite activity outside of golf: Art drawings and painting
Thoughts on qualifying for the championship and getting to visit Augusta: I think this is my greatest accomplishment. I understand what this means!

Nia StationNia StationThe First Tee of Omaha
Age Division: Girls14-15
Number of years with The First Tee: 4
Favorite Core Value: Perseverance, because it is something that golf definitely teaches to all who play.
Favorite activity outside of golf: Playing tennis
Thoughts on qualifying for the championship and getting to visit Augusta: I think that I am blessed to be able to qualify for something this big and to be able to gain valuable experience at my young age.

Chrisitne WangChristine WangThe First Tee of Greater Houston
Age Division: Girls 12-13
Number of years with The First Tee: 5
Favorite Core Value: My favorite core value is confidence because it is very important when you play in tournament.
Favorite activity outside of golf: I love to read and listen to music.
Thoughts on qualifying for the championship and getting to visit Augusta: I am very excited to go back to Augusta for the second time. I am also a little nervous but that will probably go away when I get to the beautiful golf course.

Additional participants from The First Tee  competing in the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship:

Charlie WhortonThe First Tee of Fort Smith – Girls 7-9

Gloria NipThe First Tee of Greater Philadelphia – Girls 7-9

Megha GanneThe First Tee of Metropolitan New York – Girls 7-9

Meghan ParacuellesThe First Tee of Greater Sacramento – Girls 7-9

Morgan GoldsteinThe First Tee of Southern Nevada – Girls 12-13

Ariana SaenzThe First Tee of Greater Houston – Girls 14-15

Jennifer RosenburgThe First Tee of Metropolitan New York – Girls 14-15

Leila DizonThe First Tee of Pasadena – Girls 14-15

Avery LazarskiThe First Tee of Southern Nevada – Boys 10-11

Everett Whiten Jr.The First Tee of Hampton Roads – Boys 14-15

One response to “Junior Golfers Are on Their Way to Drive, Chip & Putt at Augusta

  1. I sincerely wish all the finalist the VERY BEST as they continue the First Tee Challenge. I sure would like to be blessed with the opportunity to play Augusta. You young potential pro’s are so Blessed to be there. Remember this opportunity forever, regardless of the results. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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