Youth Golf Contest Draws 24

Youth Golf Contest Draws 24

CHILDREN IN the 10-and-11-year-old age group chat during the competition. (Lindsey Flint photo)

Youth Golf Contest Draws 24

YOUTHS PARTICIPATE in the putting portion of the local Drive, Chip and Putt competition on Oct. 22 at the Lexington Golf & Country Club. (Lindsey Flint photo)

The local Drive, Chip and Putt competition welcomed 24 youth participants on Oct. 22 at the Lexington Golf & Country Club. The event was an in-house mock competition that used the format of the national competition that was not held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizing the competition was Scott Frasier, local PGA professional and First Tee coach, with several parents and others volunteering.

The competition consists of three parts. The driving part includes three measured drives in which points are awarded for balls that end up in the fairway. Each drive counts for points. The second part consists of three chip shots from 15 yards off the green. Points are awarded based on how far the ball comes to rest from the hole. The third part is putting, with golfers putting from three different distances: six feet, 15 feet, and 30 feet. Points are awarded based on how far the ball comes to rest from the hole with a maximum of 25 points awarded for a made putt.

Age group winners received awards after the competition. Jack Jensen won the 14-15-year-old age group, while Abby Brooks was the runner-up. In the 12-13-yearold age group, Dalton Woody won, and Jack Johnson placed second. Parker Flint won among 10-11-year-olds, and Davis Welsh was the runnerup. Winning for age 9 and under was Dillon Bowles, while Rachel Lanier placed second.

After the competition, participants enjoyed pizza, along with ice cream from Lexington’s Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe.

Frasier expressed his gratitude for the volunteers, as well as the Lexington Golf & Country Club and the Vista Links Golf Course for letting the golfers use their courses for the last six months. “Both have been very generous in giving us space on the range and for allowing us on the course,” Frasier said.

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