Calvin Kurtzhals, age 9, will be a 4th grader at Amery this fall and has a junior membership at the Amery Golf Course. His dad Matt is an avid golfer that learned about an event and introduced it to Calvin.
Calvin competed in a local qualifier against 31 other boys in the 10-11 age group for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. It took place at Eau Claire Golf & Country Club August 1.
The top 3 qualify to move onto sub-regional competition at Sentry World Golf Course in Steven’s Point on August 9th, and he placed 3rd overall. They also give awards for top 3 in each category of driving, chipping and putting, Calvin won 2nd place in both driving and chipping.
Founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. Participants (ages 7-15) who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category can 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.
Local qualifying is available in all 50 states.
There were eight local qualifying sites in WI this year. Calvin will compete against other local winners from four of the WI sites on August 9, and should he finish in the top two at that event he would move onto a regional competition in Minnesota where he would compete with subregional winners from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinios. The next stop after regionals would be Augusta-now that’s the stuff that dreams are made of.