Local golf course hosts 'drive, chip and putt' competition


HOBART - Some young golfers are trying to drive, chip and putt their way to the 2015 Masters.

Thornberry Creek at Oneida golf hosted a qualifying event today for the PGA's Drive, Chip and Putt Competition.

Whispering Springs in Fond du Lac is the only other area course participating.

Dozens of children in four age groups, boys and girls, from 7 to 15 competed.

They each hit three drives, three chips and three putts.

The course's Director, Mark Becker says everyone enjoys playing.

"It's fun. You can see the kids faces, you know they go from nervous to smiles," Becker said. "It's all out here so you can see it all from the kids, it's a great atmosphere."

The journey for today's qualifiers also includes competition at Saukville this summer, and then a fall regional in Blaine, Minnesota.

Regional winners in each age group, will have the National Finals at Augusta the Sunday before the Masters.