Carolinas Golf Magazine

SUMMER 2018

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A trio of Carolinas junior golfers were among the individual winners at this year's Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, held on April 1 at Augusta National Golf Club prior to the Masters Tournament: Katherine Schuster (Girls 14 –15 Division) of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; June Hannant (Girls 7–9) of Pikeville, N.C., and Tip Price (Boys 10 –11) of Greenville, S.C. The three Carolinas youths were among 80 players to reach the DCP National Finals through a process that included 200 local qualifying stages around the country. Each player earned points for skills competitions involving driving, chipping and putting the ball, finishing the event on Augusta National's storied 18th green. The unforgettable experience included a visit from 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia – a pretty strong junior golfer not so long ago – during a pre-event banquet, as well as tickets to the next day's practice round for this year's Masters. The Drive, Chip & Putt initiative was started five years ago by the USGA, PGA and the Masters, and more information about getting involved in the event can be found at drivechipandputt.com. The DCP victory led to another unique experience for Price, as he was given an exemption into May's BMW Charity Pro-Am, held at the Thornblade Club, Cliffs Valley and Furman University Golf Club courses in South Carolina. The fifth-grader was paired with professional Scott Langley at the Web.com Tour event, and enjoyed the chance to see how the pros handled themselves on the golf course. ● 6 | CAROLINAS GOLF | S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Local Knowledge The latest news in golf from around the Carolinas Topgolf Coming to Greenville, Myrtle Beach in 2019 One of golf's hottest trends is putting down deeper roots in the Carolinas. Topgolf – the sports entertainment venue featuring golf games, high-tech hitting bays and a bar-like atmosphere – is building facilities in Greenville and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Both new locations will be 55,000 square feet, with three levels, more than 70 hitting bays – and employing more than 300 full- and part-time workers when they open next year. The newest Carolinas locations will join Topgolf Charlotte, which opened in 2017, among the 40-plus Topgolf facilities already open across the country. Visitors can play a variety of golf games using special golf balls with tracking chips, which track their accuracy as players hit to bright targets in a fun, family atmosphere. ● U.S. Women's Open Headed to Pine Needles for a Fourth Time T he venerable Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club is set to host the 2022 U.S. Women's Open – giving the Southern Pines, N.C., facility a record fourth time hosting the game's biggest women's event. The event is set for June 2–5, 2022, which will be 15 years after Pine Needles was the site of Cristie Kerr's two-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park. Pine Needles has a long history with women's golf, thanks to the late Peggy Kirk Bell, and this will mark the first championship at the club since Bell's passing in 2016. But first, the championship will pay another visit to the Carolinas next summer: South Carolina's Country Club of Charleston will be the site of next year's U.S. Women's Open, set for May 30-June 2, 2019. ● Three Carolinas Juniors Win DCP National Finals at Augusta AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB USGA/CHRIS KEANE

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