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NORTON, Massachusetts – Seven Mass Golf Member Clubs will host Drive, Chip & Putt qualifiers for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Out of 317 local qualifiers nationwide, five will take place in Massachusetts, while two of 61 subregional qualifiers will take place in the Bay State.
The USGA and the PGA of America announced the schedule Wednesday. Drive, Chip & Putt is entering its eighth full season, and several Mass Golf junior players over the years have participated in this free nationwide junior golf development competition for boys and girls ages 7-15. Age groups are divided into 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.
Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich will be the first local qualifying site on Thursday, June 25. The course became the newest green-grass location for The First Tee of Massachusetts in Fall 2019. Cyprian Keyes Golf Club (Sunday, June 28), The Bay Club at Mattapoisett (Tuesday, July 7), Springfield Country Club (Tuesday, July 14) and Granite Links Golf Club (Wednesday, July 22) are the other local qualifying sites.
Individuals who advance out of Cranberry Valley, The Bay Club and Granite Links will compete in the subregional at Franklin Country Club on Wednesday, August 12. Those who advance from Cyprian Keyes will play the subregional at Renaissance Golf Club on Sunday, August 9, and the subregional following Springfield CC will be held in in Middlefield, Connecticut, at Lyman Orchard Golf Center on Thursday, August 13.
The regional final for all these qualifiers will take place at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Sunday, September 27.
From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to compete in the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 4, the eve of the 2021 Masters Tournament.
Champa Visetsin, of Natick, will compete at this year’s National Finals in the Girls 10-11 Division on Sunday, April 5.
Several competitors with Bay State ties have made it to the National Finals. Zachary Colon (2017), Alexa Pano (2017, 2016) and Michael Thorbjornsen (2016) – have each been crowned champions in respective divisions. Molly Smith, a 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier, competed in the National Finals at age 9.