Drive, Chip and Putt Championship: How to Enter Your Kids

Aadi Parmar, boys 10-11, competes in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club on April 07, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia.
Aadi Parmar celebrates making a putt in the boys age 10-11 division of the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt championship.

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Drive, Chip and Putt (DC&P) is the name of a nationwide golf skills competition in the United States for junior golfers ages 7 through 15. It is a joint initiative of Augusta National Golf Club, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America. It culminates in the National Finals at Augusta National on the Sunday prior to The Masters Tournament, and is broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

Key Takeaways

  • Drive, Chip and Putt is a nationwide skills competition for junior golfers who compete in driving, chipping and putting challenges.
  • It is open to boys and girls ages 7 through 15 of any skill level; there is no entry fee.
  • Youth golfers begin at the local level and can advance through regionals to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.
  • Registration is possible only through the event website, DriveChipandPutt.com.

Eligibility and Registration

If you have a young golfer at home who wants to play in a Drive, Chip and Putt local event, the first order of business is making certain they are eligible.

Drive, Chip and Putt is open to boys and girls, ages 7 through 15. The junior golfers compete in four age divisions (separate for boys and girls): 7-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old. Groupings are based on the ages of the golfers as of the National Finals, which takes place in early April each year.

Each golfer's clubs and balls must conform to the Rules of Golf. The full eligibility requirements are available on the official website.

There are no requirements for ability. Your child might be winning tournaments, or might be a beginning golfer. Either way, they can enter a DC&P qualifier.

And there is only one way to enter: Complete the online registration form on DriveChipandPutt.com. Only one entry per participant is accepted from a parent or guardian (duplicate entries can result in disqualification).

Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and local qualifying sites accept only around 200 entries. Entries must be submitted through the website a minimum of five days before a local qualifier—but the limit of 200 golfers per site means parents should complete the registration well in advance.

Participation in Drive, Chip and Putt is free.

From Local Qualifiers to National Finals

Each year, Drive, Chip and Putt begins at the local level with local qualifiers. At least one local qualifier is hosted in all 50 states (there are multiple local qualifiers around most larger cities), and they take place from May through June.

Golfers who do well at the local level can advance to the sub-regional level (July and August), then to the regional qualifiers, which take place at 10 sites around the United States in September and October.

Finally, the National Finals are conducted at Augusta National in April on the Sunday prior to the start of The Masters.

Note that while golfers can select a local qualifying location, all golfers advancing to the sub-regional level are assigned the locations where that next competition takes place.

Dates and locations of qualifying sites are posted on the official website.

Skills Challenges the Golfers Play

As for what the golfers compete at: It's all there in the name of the game. Driving, chipping, putting.

  • Driving: Golfers hit to a grid marked on a 40-yard-wide fairway. The shot might be straight, or to a fairway that doglegs, or is sloped or includes bunkers or obstructions, just as in real golf. Drives that land in the grid are measured for distance, and points are earned based on those distances.
  • Chipping: Golfers play chip shots from 10-15 yards from the hole, with points earned based on proximity to the cup.
  • Putting: Putts are attempted from six feet, 15 feet and 30 feet, with points earned based on proximity to the cup.

In the case of driving and chipping, kids generally get only three attempts. For putting, the norm is one attempt from each distance.

Winners are crowned within each skill set, as well as overall winners across all three skills, for each age group within each gender.

Prizes (And Do Parents Get Masters Tickets?)

In addition to a trip to Augusta National Golf Club at a time when professional golfers are already showing up for The Masters (some of them even watch the finals), participants are featured on the Golf Channel's live broadcast of the finals.

Every participant, from the local qualifiers to National Finals, receives mementos. These range from a DC&P divot tool set at the local level to apparel at the national level. Winners receive ribbons at the local level, commemorative coins at the sub-regionals, medals at the regionals, and trophies for the National Finals.

As for the parents: Yes, parents get to go to Augusta National, too (they have to accompany their child, obviously). Even better, golfers who make it to the National Finals also receive, for themselves and their immediate family, tickets to the Monday Masters Tournament practice rounds the day after the Drive, Chip and Putt concludes.