Junior Golfers on the Path to Augusta

Written by Lindsey Moore

A fan favorite of the last six years has been to watch the final round of The Drive, Chip and Putt (DCP) tournament. Airing the Sunday before The Masters on the Golf Channel, this tournament features 80 of the best young golfers from around the country and was founded to foster their creative and competitive spirit in the hopes of winning the Drive, Chip and Putt title.

On July 11, twenty-four lucky boys and girls, ages 15-17, competed in the DCP Qualifiers at The Landing Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

The local qualifiers determine who will move onto the sub-regional tournament and from there the National Finals held at Augusta National. “It is an honor for Reynolds to host the local qualifiers because it gets our Membership very excited,” says Jose Lopez, Head Golf Professional at The Landing. “We have many young families that call Reynolds home, plus Reynolds prides itself on growing the game of golf.”

There were several Members who placed in the top rankings. For the second year in a row, Kallyn Black and Drew Williams claimed top spots in both their age and gender groups. Kallyn placed first for Girls 10-11 and Drew placed third for Boys 14-15. Lilly Kent Rainey also took first place in her age and gender group, Girls 7-9.

Kallyn Black is a familiar face to Reynolds golf professionals. “I have been training Kallyn Black on her short game for two years,” says Lopez. “She placed second on July 28 at the sub-regional-Landings in Savannah. Her next qualifier will be the regional at Sawgrass, and if she wins that qualifier she will participate at Augusta National next spring.”

We hope to see familiar faces in the finals next spring, and best of luck to all players as they compete for the title!

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