Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon®, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, is pleased to announce that ten of its affiliated facilities were selected to host local or sub-regional qualifying events for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.
Conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America, the 2018 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is a complimentary youth golf development initiative that welcomes boys and girls ages 7-15 in four separate age categories. Juniors compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip & Putt), earning points within each skill with the overall champion determined from the highest number of accumulated points.
Local qualifying will take place throughout all 50 states from May – August, 2017. Top performers at the local level advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers. The top 80 performers (40 boys and 40 girls) will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 1, on the eve of the 2018 Masters Tournament.
In recent years, a number of finalists have either come through qualifiers at Troon locations or call Troon-managed facilities their home clubs. Grant Herrenbruck and Tate Herrenbruck from Salina Country Club in Salina, Kans. both made it to the finals in 2015 and 2016 in Augusta. In 2014, Raina Ports who plays and practices out of El Conquistador Golf & Tennis in Oro Valley, Ariz., made it to the finals and placed second overall.
Through the 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt competition, 9-year-old Sarah Lydic of Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, a Troon-managed facility in Ocean View, Delaware, outperformed all of her competitors in regional qualifying to earn one of 80 spots in the finals. On April 2nd Lydic will compete in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The Finals will be broadcast live on Golf Channel. In addition, Golf Channel will be sending a crew to Bear Trap Dunes on April 2nd to show the club’s viewing party as members and guests cheer Lydic on.
Troon host locations in 2017 include:
The Golf Club of Estrella, Goodyear – Local Qualifying, Monday, May 20
The Phoenician, Scottsdale – Local Qualifying, Tuesday, June 13
Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale – Local Qualifying, Tuesday, June 27
Marin Country Club, Novato – Local Qualifying, Tuesday, July 11
The Ridge, Castle Pines – Local Qualifying, Monday, June 5
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples – Local Qualifying, Saturday, July 15
Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village Resort, Saint Augustine – Local Qualifying, Saturday, July 22 and Sub-regional, Saturday, August 26
Reunion Golf & Country Club, Madison – Local Qualifying, Tuesday, June 27
Knollwood Country Club, Elmsford – Local Qualifying, Monday, July 24
The Powder Horn Golf Club, Sheridan – Local Qualifying, Sunday, June 18
Online registration for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championships begin Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at www.DriveChipandPutt.com
“We are excited to have 10 Troon affiliated facilities host qualifying for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championships and see a number of finalists from Troon-managed facilities make it to Augusta for Finals,” said John Easterbrook, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Troon. “The USGA, The Masters Tournament and the PGA of America have done an outstanding job of growing this event. We encourage families to get involved and participate in this fun and free national event.”
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues, the company oversees operations at Troon Golf®, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International properties located in 36 states and 31 countries Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club, Kauai, Hawaii; Centurion Club, London, England; The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Ariz.; The Bay Club, Berlin, Md.; Prince’s Golf Club, Sandwich, England; and CostaBaja Golf Club, in La Paz, Mexico.