Golf blog: Two high schoolers reach Drive, Chip & Putt final

Credit: Logan Whitton/Augusta National

Credit: Logan Whitton/Augusta National

Two high school students from Georgia – Mary Miller from Savannah Christian and Trace Carter from Ware County – reached the finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt competition at Augusta National Golf Club.

Miller, a sophomore, tied for sixth in the girls 14-15 division. Her strongest event was driving, where she placed seventh.

“I still feel like my best event is chipping, even though the results didn’t show it today,” she said.

Miller plays out of The Landings Club in Savannah, carries a plus-2.3 handicap and has been playing since she was 3. Miller also reached the DPC nationals in 2016, when she was 9, and was determined to return this spring.

“It was the biggest goal I had this year,” Miller said. “We built my whole schedule around Drive, Chip and Putt because I wanted to get back.”

Miller said she had more appreciation for reaching the national championship. “I made a lot more memories. The last time I was just a little kid, so there’s a big difference in the way I look at things this time.”

Carter, a freshman, finished second in the boys 14-15 division. He finished first in chipping. Carter plays out of Okefenokee Country Club and carries a plus-2.6 handicap. He was introduced to the game by his late grandfather. It was his fourth time to participate in DCP and his first time to make the final round.

“It’s really great to play at Augusta National,” Carter said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

Credit: Charles Laberge/Augusta National

Credit: Charles Laberge/Augusta National

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