April 4, 2016
Manteca’s Ty Griggs a Champion at Augusta National
Delivering on a clutch putt to win a title at Augusta National?
Manteca’s Ty Griggs has experienced it, and will never forget it.
On Sunday, Griggs, a member of Youth on Course and the Junior Tour of Northern California, sank a 15-footer at the home of the Masters to win the Boys’ 12-13 Division at the annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championships. The 13-year-old only had to have his final putt get within about half a foot for enough points to win the title. Instead, Griggs made it.
“I was shaking, I was nervous, I was emotional,” Griggs told The Golf Channel. “I thought I had to get it to about a half a foot, but that’s tough to do.”
The putt gave Griggs a total of 28 points in the Boys’ 12-13 Division. He’d beat runner-up Skyler Fox of Pennsylvania by a single point. Overall, Griggs tallied 10 points in driving, 9 in chipping and 9 in putting.
Griggs, who only began playing golf six years ago, has some golf history in his family. One of his distant relatives is Francis Ouimet, who famously won the 1913 U.S. Open.
“It’s really one of those magical places that you’ve always seen on TV, but you never end up,” said Griggs, who failed to qualify last year. “And here I am.”
Sofia Young of Benicia, also a member of the JTNC, finished 10th in the Girls’ 14-15 Division with four points. Jayden Lizama of Elk Grove, the only other NorCal competitor, finished 8th in the Boys’ 7-9 with 14 points.