Local Greenville junior golf player Tip Price won first place in his division at the fifth annual Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals in Augusta, Ga., last weekend.
Eighty players from across the four age divisions who won qualifying matches earned a trip to Augusta National Golf Club to participate in the event on the eve of the 2018 Masters Tournament.
Price, who participated in the Boys 10-11 division, placed first in the drive portion of the match, winning with a 239-yard drive, more than 5 yards ahead of his closest competitor.
Price came in second in chipping and won first place in putting, ahead of a two-way tie between Sam Udovich of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Patmon Malcom of Alpharetta, Ga. Price hit both putts within 3’3″ of the hole to earn enough points to clinch the Boys 10-11 division title.
Price said he thought everyone had an equal chance of winning, but he was glad he came out on top. “It feels great, honestly,” Price said. “It’s not easy to even get here, and to win it is a bonus.”
Price’s parents were just as glad that he won. Tip’s father, Brian, said they are proud that their son’s hard work has paid off. “Tip works real hard, but more importantly, he loves it,” Brian Price said.
Brian introduced the game of golf to Tip when he was 4 years old. Tip trains about five times a week and has been to many tournaments, such as the Grant Bennett Florence Junior Invitational and the PGA Iowa Pee-Wee Tour.