AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta National not only has female members, on Sunday it crowned its first female champion.
Nine-year-old Kelly Xu of Santa Monica, Calif., was the first of eight youngsters to win the inaugural “Drive, Chip and Putt” contest. The skills challenge took place at the home of the Masters, even as Adam Scott, Vijay Singh and others were preparing for the Masters.
There were four girls and four boys from various age groups that won out of 11 players in each division – including Canada’s Remi Chartier (Beaconsfield, Que.) and Nyah Kelly (Bobcaygeon, Ont.) The last putt each faced was from about 20 feet on the 18th green, the same spot where Scott made birdie in regulation last year when he won the Masters in a playoff.
Kelly competed in the Girl’s 7-9 category. She finished with a score of 16.5 and tied for 8th.
Chariter competed in the Boy’s 12-13 category and tied for 4th with a score of 19.5
Here is the full list of winners:
Girls 7-9: Kelly Xu
Boys 7-9: Treed Huang
Girls 10-11: Lucy Li
Boys 10-11: Leo Cheng
Girls 12-13: Natalie Pietromonaco
Boys 12-13: Bryson Bianco
Girls 14-15: Hunter Pate
Boys 14-15: Patrick Welch
Full results can be found here.
To learn more about the Canadians who qualified for the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship, click here.
Did you know: CN Future Links runs an annual National Junior Skills Challenge where participants from active CN Future Links sites across the country compete on the Junior Skills Leaderboard for a chance to attend the World Junior Girls Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont. where they will compete at the CN Future Links National Junior Skills Challenge against other top competitors in their age category.
To find out more information on the CN Future Links National Junior Skills Challenge, click here.