Local golfer Blake Schuler is one step closer to Augusta National after winning his 10-11 age division in the local Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship qualifier on June 29.
Schuler was selected in a lottery to participate in the first ever Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which is a nationwide junior skills competition put together by the Masters Tournament, the United States Golf Association, and The PGA of America.
Participants advance through local and regional qualifiers throughout the US, and the regional champions will advance to the finals held at Augusta National before the Masters Tournament in early April.
Ted Bishop, president of The PGA of America, was quoted in a press release as saying that the game of golf is built on fundamental skills that are taught across the country every day.
“The ability to successfully drive, chip and putt a golf ball are some of the basics to the enjoyment of the sport, and we believe this competition will motivate young players to work hard, practice these principle skills and learn to make golf a game of a lifetime,” he said.
Schuler, whose local qualifier was held in Oakbrook, Ill. on June 29, scored a 34 in driving, 11 in chipping, and a 50 in putting for a total division-winning score of 95. He defeated his nearest competition by eight.
Schuler now advances to the regional event, held again in Oakbrook, Ill. in August. If he were to win the regional event, he will advance to the finals at Augusta National on April 6, 2014.
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