Local third-grader places sixth in Drive, Chip & Putt finals
By Steven Hoffman
Trevor Sikorski, a third-grader at the Avon Grove Intermediate School, earned a sixth-place finish in the national finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt competition that took place last weekend. He and 80 other young golfers from across the country had the opportunity to compete in the finals at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club just days before the start of the Masters Golf Tournament.
Sikorski was competing in the boys’ age 7 through 9 division after qualifying for a spot in the national finals with a second place finish in the local qualifier tournament at the White Clay Creek Country Club in Delaware, and a first place finish in sub-regionals at the ACE Club near Philadelphia. He also had a first-place performance in the regionals at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. Those qualifiers took place throughout the summer and fall of 2016.
The Drive, Chip & Putt Tournament is a free junior golf development competition that focuses on the three fundamental skills of golf. The competition was started three years ago as a way to inspire the next generation of golfers to take up the sport.
Tens of thousands of youngsters had the opportunity to qualify for the finals as competitions took place on more than 250 golf courses in all 50 states. At the conclusion of the tournament, eight junior golfers—four boys and four girls—were crowned as champions of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. This year's champions are Carter Gaede of Manhattan Beach, California (age 7 to 9 division); Liam Hartling of Redlands, California (age 10 to 11); Zachary Colon of Bolton, Massachusetts (age 12 and 13); Mason Quagliata of Scottsdale, Arizona (age 14 and 15); Maye Huang of Katy, Texas (age 7 to 9); Lucy Yuan of San Diego, California (age 10 and 11); Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida (age 12 and 13); and Savannah Grewal of Mississauga, Ontario (age 14 and 15).
For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt competition or to register for the 2018 competition, visit www.drivechipandputt.com.