March 23, 2015
Pair of Northern California Juniors Headed to Augusta National for Drive, Chip and Putt
A pair of Northern California juniors will tee it up at Augusta National Golf Club before the likes of Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.
Folsom resident Meghan Paracuelles and Megan Chou of Los Altos will be among 80 junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces who will compete in the second annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals, to be held on Sunday, April 5, prior to the start of the Masters Tournament.
A joint initiative by the Masters Tournament, the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior competition focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf, tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys, ages 7-15.
Paraceulles will compete in the Girls’ 7-9 division after advancing through the West sectional at Torrey Pines GC. Chou, a member of Youth on Course, will play in the Girls’ 12-13 division.
The event will be televised by The Golf Channel starting at 11 a.m. Pacific time.
All championship scoring at the local, sub-regional and regional qualifiers is based on a 25-point-per-shot basis, with each participant taking three shots per skill. Each participant accumulated points per shot in all three skills (maximum of 75 points per skill = 25 points per shot x 3). The overall champion in each age category was determined by the participant with the most points accumulated between all three skills (maximum of 225 points = 75 points per skill x 3).
For each skill, the point system is based in incremental distance measurements, rewarding accuracy and distance in the drive skill, and proximity for chipping and putting skills. Difficulty increases with age.
At Augusta National, one champion will be named from each age/gender division. Each final will be scored based on a 30-point system, offering the player with the longest drive 10 points, the player with the closest cumulative chips 10 points and the player with the nearest cumulative putts 10 points, in each separate skill. The highest total composite score will determine the winner.
Last year, Lucy Li of Redwood Shores won the Girls’ 10-11 division title. A month later, Li (age 11) became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.