Philadelphia PGA Section and Aronimink Golf Club Host Drive, Chip & Putt Regional Qualifier

Newtown Square, Pa.. (September 18, 2023) — On Saturday, September 16, Philadelphia PGA Section and Aronimink Golf Club teamed to host a Drive, Chip & Putt Regional Qualifier where eight youth golfers earned their spots in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals, to be played at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2024.

A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, Drive, Chip & Putt is a free nationwide youth golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. The event’s 96 participants started their journey at the local level, advancing from one of 30 Local Qualifiers. From there, they advanced through a Sub-Regional Qualifier, ultimately earning them a place to compete at Aronimink.

To read local journalist Joe Juliano’s full breakdown on Saturday’s Regional Qualifier at Aronimink, click here. To view photos from the event, click here. To watch a “sizzle reel,” click here.

2023 Drive, Chip & Putt Regional Qualifiers – Aronimink Golf Club

Ethan Jung
Boys 7-9

Trebor Melendez*
Boys 10-11

Luke Gladfelter
Boys 12-13

Colby Komancheck*
Boys 14-15

Trisha Lobo*
Girls 7-9

Keziah Swan
Girls 10-11

Maeve Anne Parker Roychoudhury
Girls 12-13

Kayley Roberts*
Girls 14-15

To view the Regional Qualifier’s full results, click here.

*Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour member

Four of the eight youth golfers headed to Augusta National are Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour members: Trebor Melendez, Colby Komancheck, Trisha Lobo, and Kayley Roberts. Komancheck is also the son of PGA Member Jamie Komancheck of RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve in Phoenixville, Pa.

Having four members compete in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals is a new record for the tour, the Delaware Valley’s leading youth golf tour. The tour hosts around 90 golf tournaments annually and hosts juniors of all skill levels, including beginners for its FUNdamental Tour Powered by Op36, and competitive golfers who go on to compete at the national level.

The Philadelphia PGA Section, PGA REACH Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour thanks all of the PGA Professionals and Aronimink Golf Club members who volunteered their time to help run the qualifier on Saturday; the event would not have been possible without their help. Thanks are also in order for Aronimink Golf Club for hosting this year’s Regional Qualifier, and for volunteering to host the same event in 2024. The Section also thanks Augusta National Golf Club, the PGA of America, and the United States Golf Association for their support in running this event.

About Drive, Chip & Putt
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters TournamentUnited 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. By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, Drive, Chip and Putt 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. Local qualifying is typically available in all 50 states. For more information, please visit the Rules and Regulations.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

About PGA REACH Philadelphia 
PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars: Youth, Military, and Diversity. For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia and its mission to positively impact lives through golf, visit To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.

About the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour
The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour leads the region in competitive junior golf, conducting over 85 events seasonally at top facilities. With more than 800 members, the Junior Tour is represented by players from every geographic location in the section. With ample opportunities to learn, grow, and compete, many tour members graduate to play at the collegiate level and beyond. The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Program is proud to help develop social skills, self-esteem, and inspire youth in our community. For more information on the tour, please visit Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director,