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AUGUSTA, Georgia – The USGA, Masters Tournament and the PGA of America have taken the first steps in launching their sixth year of Drive, Chip and Putt – their free golf development initiative aimed to help younger generations – by releasing the 2018 local and sub-regional schedule for the 2018-2019 qualifying season.
The schedules, which include a total of 354 sites across all 50 states and Puerto Rico, will once again include several Bay State clubs who have generously donated use of their facilities for the one-day events for either local or subregional qualifying rounds.
This year’s schedule includes local Drive, Chip and Putt qualifiers at five Mass Golf member clubs between June 28 and July 25, while both Renaissance and Pinehills will once again serve as sub-regional host sites during the month of August.
Of the 287 local qualifying host sites, participants will have the opportunity to advance from Cranberry Valley GC (June 28), Bay Club at Mattapoisett (July 10), The Ranch Golf Club (July 11), LeBaron Hills CC (July 17) and Granite Links GC (July 25), while three juniors will advance in each age and gender category from every venue. Participants who advance from local qualifying may compete at either Renaissance (August 12) or Pinehills GC (August 16) depending on local qualifying site.
Following the sub-regional round, in which two juniors will advance from each age and gender category at each of the 57 qualifying sites, competitors will look to advance to one of 10 regional sites across the country. From there, the top 80 performers, 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 7, the eve of the 2019 Masters.
Online registration for all 2018 local Drive, Chip and Putt qualifiers will begin on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at drivechipandputt.com.