Six young golf talents advanced to the sub-regional level of the 2019 Drive, Chip & Putt competition following a local qualifier held last Wednesday at Braelinn Golf Club in Fayetteville.
Organized in partnership with the USGA and the PGA of America, Drive, Chip & Putt was created in 2014 to provide every child, of every ability, an accessible opportunity to connect with golf. The event is free and open to boys and girls ages 7-15.
Local qualifiers will continue through July in locations throughout the U.S., with advancement through sub-regional and regional qualifiers. They will determine 80 national finalists among four age groups for both boys and girls that will receive an invitation to Augusta National on the Sunday prior to The Masters.
Coweta County was represented among qualifiers in boys age groups of 7-9, 10-11 and 12-13, as well as girls age groups of 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.
Players accrue points in all three competitions for a total score to determine qualifiers and alternates.
Landon Noble of Sharpsburg led local qualifiers among 12-13 boys at Braelinn with a combined score of 114, led by a high score of 50 in the chipping competition.
Aiden Zimmerman of Newnan finished second in the 10-11 division with a 118 while led by a top score of 52 after the drive category.
Also advancing locally among boys was Hampton Keith of Newnan, who placed third in the 7-9 age group. Keith led the division with an impressive 60 in the putt category.
Among girls competitors, Zoe Heaton and Abbygail Norred both finished second in respective 12-13 and 14-15 age groups.
Heaton qualified with a score of 74 led by a 40 in her driving competition. Norred scored 100 with a 40 in putting.
Also qualifying for the sub-regional level was Cadence Nance of Sharpsburg, who was third in the 10-11 girls division with a 60. Nance scored a 46 in putting to help her effort.
Local qualifiers in Georgia have also been held this month at Lane Creek (June 14), Charlie Yates Golf Course (June 18), Sea Island (June 20) and The Landing at Reynolds Lake Oconee (June 21).
Other girls competing last week at Braelynn from Newnan were Anna Wicker in the 10-11 division.
Local boys competitors from Newnan also included Colin Shaner, Cahner Thompson and Dustin Tokar in the 14-15 division, Jackson Cavanaugh, Nick Hoffman, Brady Ward and Andrew Jaroszewski in the 12-13 division, as well as Dylan Ludlam and Collin Covington in the 11-12 division.
Also competing locally in the 7-9 boys division were Brayden Kish of Senoia, Maddox Nation of Sharpsburg and Brandon Jaroszewski of Newnan.