Local Golfer Hopes Long Drives Help Her Make the Short Drive to Augusta National

Drive, Chip and Putt Championship logo flag (Courtesy: PGA.com)
Drive, Chip and Putt Championship logo flag (Courtesy: PGA.com)

Augusta, GA (WBJF) — Madison Harwell was putting in work Tuesday at the 1st Tee of Augusta. She says she works on her game about 4 hours every day. The 14-year-old from Augusta is putting in all this work with one goal in mind, advance to the national finals of the Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship to be played at Augusta National the Sunday before next years Masters. “It was all I worked for,” Harwell said. “Even though I had summer tournaments, it was all I thought about.”

Harwell is in familiar territory. For the 2nd straight year, she has made it through the first two rounds of qualifying to advance to regionals. Last year she finished 4th and only the winner in each age group advances to the finals. We asked her what it would mean to get to compete in the finals at Augusta National. “It would probably be the best thing that’s happened to me so far.”

Whether or not she advances, Harwell will get a pretty great experience this Saturday. Her regional is being played at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, home of The Players Championship.

Harwell says she will still have one more year of eligibility to compete in the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition, but she’s focused on this year for now.

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