Drive, Chip and Putt Regional to return to Pinehurst

Once again, the road to Augusta will go through Pinehurst.

The 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship announced this week all of the qualifying sites for the championship, and for the second straight year, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club will host one of 10 regionals.

After local and subregional qualifying (all of the sites and dates for qualifying can be found here), one boy and girl from each age division will advance from the regional qualifying sites to the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which is held annually at Augusta National the week before The Masters.


A golfer putts during the Drive, Chip and Putt regional at Pinehurst in September 2016.

Pinehurst will be the first regional played in 2017 for the 2018 Championship, taking place on Sept. 3. Other regional sites include some of the best courses in the world, including Winged Foot, The Olympic Club, Torrey Pines, Southern Hills, Muirfield Village and TPC Sawgrass.

“A hallmark of Pinehurst’s history has been its affection for the amateur golfer, and in many cases, the young amateur player,” said Pinehurst Director of Golf Ben Bridgers. “We are honored to again participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. We believe it adds to Pinehurst’s legacy as a home for amateur golf, a legacy that includes the century-old North & South Amateurs, past U.S. Men’s and Women’s Amateurs as well as the U.S. Kids Golf World championship events. We look forward to welcoming these tremendously talented young players to Pinehurst.”

The National Finals will be played on April 1, 2018.

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A golfer stands with her Drive, Chip and Putt medal next to PInehurst’s Putter Boy.

In September 2016, eight winners from the Pinehurst regional advanced to Augusta for the 2017 National Finals, which will be played on April 2. There will be 80 players total and just 10 per age group. Qualifying at Pinehurst were:  Peter Sposato, and Claire Bradford, both of Athens, Ga,  as well as Catherine Qiu of Ashburn, Va.; Carter Kontur of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Madilyn Newman, Knoxville, Tenn.; Clinton Daly, of Charlotte, N.C.; Karson Adkins, of Savannah, Tenn., and Jaron Leasure, of Virginia Beach, Va.

Lucy Li, who famously stole the show at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 after qualifying at age 11, won the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship a couple of years ago.

In the Drive, Chip and Putt competition, each golfer gets three drives, three chips and three putts with scores based on distance (for driving) and accuracy.

Nine total shots. No mulligans. No room for error.

And a coveted spot in the shadow of Amen Corner.