Juniors show off golf skills at Legends Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach SC

More than 110 junior golfers ages 6-15 descended upon Legends Golf Resort on Tuesday with dreams of competing at Augusta National Golf Club next April.

Fourteen of the 23 competitors who advanced in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship local qualifier at the club’s driving range and short-game practice area were residents of the Grand Strand.

The top three finishers in each of eight age and gender divisions will advance to a sub-regional Aug. 27 at Fort Jackson Golf Club outside Columbia, with a chance to advance to a Sept. 4 regional qualifier at Pinehurst Resort (N.C.).

Regional winners in each age and gender division qualify for the finals at Augusta National on April 2, 2017, the Sunday before the 81st Masters Tournament.

Drive, Chip & Putt is a joint grow-the-game initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and PGA of America, and the local qualifier was run by representatives of the Carolinas PGA and Legends Resort’s professional staff.

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