Drive Chip & Putt Championship
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.
By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.
Registration for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is open. Local qualifying will be available in all 50 states. For more information about the championship, please visit the Rules and Regulations.
The USGA, Masters Tournament and the PGA of America today announced the qualifying schedule for the 2019-2020 Drive, Chip and Putt season. Online registration for interested participants will open March 5, 2019, on drivechipandputt.com.
The schedule includes dates and locations for participants to play in local qualifiers across the country, with the opportunity to advance to subregional and regional qualifying and earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The full qualifying schedule is available here: https://www.drivechipandputt.com/file/2020-qualifying-sites
Drive, Chip and Putt is a free youth golf development initiative aiming to help younger generations begin their lifelong connection with golf by providing a fun, interactive platform for participants of all skill levels. Open to boys and girls ages 7-15, local qualifying will take place throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July, and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers at some of the country’s best championship venues in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 5, the eve of the 2020 Masters.
Expanding this year to 313 total sites, local qualifying will begin Saturday, May 4, at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The breakdown and schedule for 2020 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying is as follows:
Local (May/June/July/August): 313 host sites throughout all 50 states
3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
Subregional (July/August): 61 host sites in more than 30 states
2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
Regional (September): 10 host sites in 10 regions
1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue
National Finals (April 5, 2020): 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
For a full list of qualifying venues at the local and subregional level, or for more information about Drive, Chip and Putt, including official rules, eligibility and registration, please visit drivechipandputt.com.
- Drive, Chip and Putt is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions in four age categories: 7-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old.
- Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the National Finals on Sunday, April, 5, 2020
- . Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 5, 2020, and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Please note: a player may participate in local, subregional and regional qualifying if he/she is 6 years old provided that he/she turn 7 years old on or before April 5, 2020. A 15 year old who will turn 16 years of age on or before April 5, 2020 is not eligible to participate.
- All participants will be expected to show proof of age should they advance to subregional qualifying. Failure to provide a birth certificate or proper form of age verification for the subregional qualifier will result in that participant being ineligible to compete.
- Participants may register to compete in only one local competition. Competing in more than one local competition will result in the automatic disqualification of that participant.
- The guardian or parent, via online signature at registration, agrees to submit a release of liability, which is required prior to participation.
- All competitors must conform to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. Participation in Drive, Chip & Putt will in no way affect a competitor’s amateur status.
- The player’s clubs and golf balls must conform with the Rules of Golf and the provisions, specifications and interpretations set forth in Appendices II (for golf clubs) and III (for golf balls). The optional Conditions of Competition requiring that the driver the player carries is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads, the ball the player plays is named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls, and the player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010 are NOT in effect. However, new models of irons, wedges, hybrids and fairway woods manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 must conform to the current groove and punch mark specifications.
- Parents/guardians are required to complete the entry form on behalf of participants. All entry applications must be submitted online at the Drive, Chip and Putt website. Entries by telephone, mail or facsimile will not be accepted.
- Only one entry may be filed by a parent/guardian per participant. Officials reserve the right to disqualify any player if more than one entry is submitted for that player.
- Local qualifying sites will target a total of 200 participants accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Drive Chip and Putt Executive Committee reserves the right to adjust the total number of registrants per site.
- Should a player advance through local qualifying, the subregional and regional qualifying sites will be pre-determined based upon the local qualifying site. The player is not guaranteed participation in the subregional qualifier unless he/she advances through local qualifying. The player is not guaranteed participation in the regional qualifier unless he/she advances through local and subregional qualifying.
- Entry applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on the date five (5)days prior to the local qualifier.
- Late applications will be automatically rejected.
- The time limit for entries means time of receipt to the Drive, Chip and Putt website, not the time entry is transmitted to website. Entries should be submitted early to allow ample time for delay or error in transmission. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the Drive, Chip and Putt website will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.
- A parent/guardian wishing to change a qualifying site/date or withdraw from a qualifier should login to his or her account at www.drivechipandputt.com. If you are unable to make the necessary changes, please contact email@example.com.
- There is no entry fee for Drive, Chip and Putt.
2020 Schedule of Competition
Drive, Chip and Putt will be conducted in four stages:
To be conducted throughout May, June, July and August 2019 at 310 sites in 50 states.
To be conducted throughout July and August, 2019 at 53 sites.
To be conducted throughout September, 2019 at 10 sites.
To be conducted Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
- From each local qualifier, the top three overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the subregional qualifying level of the competition. Players who qualify for a subregional competition must compete at the location in which they are assigned.
- The subregional competition is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the local competition.
- From each subregional qualifier, the top two overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the regional qualifying level of the competition. Players who qualify for a regional competition must compete at the location at which they are assigned.
- The regional competition is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the subregional competition.
- From each regional qualifier, the overall champion in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age categories will advance to the finals to be held the Sunday before the Masters Tournament (April 5, 2020).
- The National Finals is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the regional competition.
Scoring / Competing
- Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip & Putt). An individual rules sheet for each skill competition is available on the championship website.
- Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the Overall Champion of his or her age category.
- At Local and Sub-Regional Qualifying, in the case of a tie in the overall score, the putting rank will serve as the tie breaker (followed by 1) chipping and 2) driving if necessary).
- At Regional Qualifying, in the case of a tie in the overall score, a playoff shall commence to determine the player advancing to the National Finals. This playoff shall include a single stroke at each of the skills (Drive, Chip and Putt).
- Use of a putter is not allowed for competition in the Chip Skill. Competitors may only use a lofted iron or wood club for this skill. A “chipper” club is considered an approved club for the Chip skill.
- All scoring information HERE!
Prizes will be awarded at each level of the competition to individual skill champions as well as overall champions for boys and girls in each age category.
- Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
- Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each skill
Sub regional Qualifier:
- Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
- Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place of each skill
- Gold, silver and bronze medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
- Gold, silver and bronze medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each skill
- Trophies for Individual Skills and Overall Champions
- Local, Sub regional and Regional competitions are held rain or shine. In the case of dangerous or unplayable weather conditions, after every effort is made to complete the competition, the host PGA Section staff must cancel and reschedule the event. The decision to cancel rests solely in the hands of the host organization.
- If your qualifier is cancelled, call the host organization for details regarding the rescheduled date and time.
- All efforts will be made to complete the Championship Final on Sunday, April 7, 2019. If inclement weather necessitates an adjustment of the competition, the Drive Chip and Putt Executive Committee will determine the proper competitive option for completing the event.
- The Drive, Chip & Putt Executive Committee, its agents and subordinate organizers, reserve the right to rule and make any recommendations regarding the Drive, Chip & Putt Competition that they feel are beneficial to the continuance of the program. All decisions are final.
- Participation constitutes permission to use competitor’s name and likeness for any necessary purpose without compensation.