Drive, Chip and Putt contest creates lifelong memories for young golfers

Drive, Chip and Putt contest creates lifelong memories for young golfers

Augusta National Golf Club (WFXG) - Augusta National opened its gates to the public today as Masters Week is set to start.

Sunday was the annual Drive, Chip and Putt finals. 80 young golfers from across the nation were invited to test their skills on the eve of Masters Week.

Standing on the fabled 18th green at Augusta National, Mary Miller from Skidaway Island, GA addressed the putt and  put it close to the pin, which was good for second place in the nation in the girls 7-9 division.

"It was just a good day and we both enjoyed it and we were both a lot calmer than we thought we'd be," said Mary Miller's father.

Mary said she wasn't nervous as drove, chipped and putt her way to a trophy on national television.

"It was very fun and exciting," said Mary Miller.

While she might not have realized the magnitude of the situation, her father did.

"I was telling somebody when she won down at TPC Sawgrass I had tears coming out of my eyes and today I just can't describe it, it was just awesome," said Mary Miller's father.

It's these types of memories, as a father and his daughter walk the grounds at Augusta National where the legends made their marks, that have the Drive, Chip Putt contest, now in its third year, taking on a life of its own on the week before Masters Sunday.

"She's worked really hard for this, this is the third year she's done this, the first year she got really close and this year we made it and we knew when we were coming here that she'd already won," said Mary Miller's father.

Any kids ages 7 through 15 can sign up locally for 2017's Drive, Chip and Putt contest here.

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