Drive, Chip & Putt: Junior golfers kick off Masters week

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Drive, Chip & Putt: Junior golfers kick off Masters week

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Carter Kontur, of Lawrenceville, is greeted by former Secretary of State (and Augusta National Golf Club member) Condoleezza Rice after putting on the 18th green during the Drive Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 2. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

AUGUSTA — Early Sunday, 40 girls and 40 boys competed in the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals to begin Masters week at Augusta National Golf Club.

The 80 finalists represented junior golfers who advanced from 250 local, 50 sub-regional and 10 regional qualifiers.

Girls’ division winners

7-9: Maye Huang, Katy, Texas

10-11: Lucy Yuan, San Diego, Calif.

12-13: Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla.

14-15: Savannah Grewal, Mississauga, Ontario

Boys’ division winners

7-9: Carter Gaede, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)

10-11: Liam Hartling, Redlands, Calif.

12-13: Zachary Colon, Bolton, Mass.

14-15: Mason Quagliata, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Quotable

1992 Masters champion Fred Couples speaking with The Golf Channel: “Just to watch [this event] and see it grow and grow and grow… It’s just not going to stop. It’s my opinion that in six or eight years, one of these kids will be playing in this tournament. It will be an unbelievable accomplishment.”

Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, Billy Payne: “It is so exciting. Tremendous amount of energy here and a great way to start our Masters week. But importantly, I think we’re showcasing the game. And hopefully there are kids at home watching and some of them are getting interested in the game of golf and wanting to compete.”

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