Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier at Sunnybrook Golf Club

Plymouth Meeting, PA- On a partly cloudy summer day, 185 junior golfers (boys and girls) between the ages of seven and fifteen participated in the Drive, Chip & Putt local qualifier competition on July 5th at Sunnybrook Golf Club.

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. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional, and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is held each year at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by the Golf Channel.

The Boys 7-9 division was won by Carson Deringer (Lafayette Hill, PA) with a total of 77 points for the three events. In the Boys 10-11 Division Jack Dare (Moorestown,NJ)  took home the winning ribbon with a total of 124 points for the three skills. In the Boys 12-13 Division, Matthew Wilson (Lancaster, PA) took home the first place ribbon with a total of 130 points as did August Blatney (Wyndmoor, PA) in the boy’s 14-15 division who also had a total of 130 points for the drive chip and putt.

The Girls 7-9 Division winner was Kayley Roberts (Phoenixville, PA) with a total of 63 points for all three events. Sarah Koh (Broomall, PA) won her division with a total of 92 points. Riley Mazzalupi (King of Prussia, PA) won the Girls 13-15 division with 111 points and Morgan Sohosky (Bloomsburg, PA) captured the Girls 14-15 division with 116 total points, respectively.

In the Boys 7-9 Division Ian Palmer (Wayne,PA)  and Colby Komancheck (Royersford, PA) both also advanced to the next round. Moving on in the boys 10-11 division along with Dare, Shaun Mazzalupi (King of Prussia, PA) and Tiger Li (Newtown, PA) finished second and third, respectively. Darren Nolan (Glenside, PA) and Matthew Norm ((Lumberton, PA) will join Wilson as 12-13 year olds moving on. Rounding out the Boy’s Divisions, Ryan McCabe (Media, PA) and Robert Wilson (Shavertown, PA) will advance to the ACE club with Austin in the 13-15 Division.

In the Girls 7-9 Division Alexandra Engart (Harleysville, PA) and Vivian Pemock (Harleysville, PA) join Kayley Roberts in advancing to the next round. Ryan Matt (Springhouse, PA) and Pheonix Baker (Philadelphia, PA) join Koh in advancing in the 10-11 division. Moving on in the Girls 12-13 Division along with Mazzalupi, include Evelyn Wong (Maungie, PA) and Nimah Narinesing-Smith (Kennett Square, PA). And rounding out the Girl’s Divisions, Emily Luu (Mullica Hill, NJ) and Emilie Wright (Whitehall, PA) will advance to the ACE Club with Sohosky in the 13-15 Division.

The next chance to qualify for the ACE Club if your child has not already done so will be on July 12th at Indian Valley Country Club.