Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, KY hosted the third Drive, Chip & Putt Local Qualifier of the season. A special thanks to Host PGA Professionals Jason Eberle and Scott Webb for their incredible hospitality and for all the volunteers that made this fun event possible.
The Local Qualifying stage is the first step on the Road to Augusta. The Top 3 Qualifiers from each division will continue onto the Sub-Regional Qualifier to be held at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club in Louisville, KY on August 13th. The Regional Qualifier will be at the Honors Course in Tennessee on September 24th. The juniors who make it through all 3 stages of Qualifying will then compete at the National Drive, Chip & Putt Championship to be held at Augusta National Golf Club on April 1, 2018.
The kids were lucky to avoid the rain showers today, although the conditions were extremely wet from previous storms and there was very little roll on the drive portion of the competition.
Tee times began at 8:30 a.m. with the Girls 7-9 Division leading the way. Madison Easterling of Georgetown, KY was the Low Qualifier with an incredible total of 120. Savanna Lundy (Paris, KY) and Sydnee Williams (Richmond, KY) were the second and third qualifiers with scores of 40 and 34. They will all continue to the Sub Regional in August.
Conner Ford (Mount Vernon, KY) won the Boys 7-9 Division by posting a score of 109. The second place finisher was Winston Zhuang (Richmond, KY) with a score of 88. Eelan Bobrowski Hall (Booneville, KY) was the third place qualifier with a score of 69.
Kasey Cameron (Richmond) claimed a victory in the Girls 10-11 Division. She posted a score of 77 for the win. Claire Reynolds (Lexington, KY) and Aubrey Barrow (Richmond) finished second and third with scores of 72 and 50 respectively.
The Boys 10-11 Division fielded a large group of boys. Nicholas Osborne (Bardstown, KY) was able to hold off the competition with a score of 142 for the victory. The other two qualifiers for this division were Landen Howard (Richmond, KY) and Weston Miller (Jackson, KY) with scores of 116 and 105.
Madison Borders (Bardstown, KY) pulled out the win in the Girls 12-13 Division with a total score of 136. Elizabeth Eberle (Richmond, KY ) and Sophia DiPaolo (Union, KY) posted scores of 108 and 105 to secure the other two qualifying spots for this group.
The Boys 12-13 Division was highly competitive. McKean Collins of Lexington, KY was able to fire a winning score of 149 to be the Overall winner of this division. Cayden Pope (Lexington, KY) and Haydon Osborne (Bardstown, KY) posted scores of 143 and 130 to finish second and third respectively.
The Girls 14-15 Division winner was Jordan Harris of Frankfort, KY. Her total score of 88 was enough to hold off Katherine Taylor (Richmond, KY) and Tessa Leibee (Ashland, KY) for the win. It was a close race as those two scores were 87 and 86. All three girls will continue on to the Sub Regional competition at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club.
Lawson Hon ‘s (Stanford, KY) score of 134 gave him the best score in the Boys 14-15 Division and claimed the first qualifier position. The second and third qualifiers were Cooper Eberle (Richmond, KY) and Zach Watterson (Beattyville, KY) with scores of 123 and 114.
Congratulations to all of the Qualifiers as they continue on their journey to Augusta. Best of luck at the Sub Regional on August 13th! Follow their progress and view all of the Local Qualifying Results at http://www.drivechipandputt.com.