In front of large crowds, Notre Dame Prep sophomore Mason Quagliata placed first in the boys 14- to 15- year old category in the 2016-17 Drive, Chip and Putt Regional Competition at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Sept. 24.
The competition is a joint event put on by The Masters, United States Golf Association, and the PGA. It focuses on the three fundamental skills employed in golf, according to a press release.
With his first place score 143 points, Quagliata earned a chance to compete at the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2, 2017, the Sunday before The Masters golf tournament begins.
The Drive, Chip and Putt finals will be televised on the Golf Channel.
“I am extremely excited because Augusta is one of the nicest courses in the country and so much history has happened there,” Quagliata, 15, said in the release. “I’m also excited because next year I will be too old to compete, so I wouldn’t have another chance.”
Quagliata, who is fairly new to the sport, started golfing at age 11 and is now a member of the boys’ varsity golf team at Notre Dame Prep. He started playing seriously at age 13.
In the Drive, Chip and Putt competition last year, Quagliata did not advance to the finals. This year is a different story.
“I feel amazing because all the stress of Regionals is gone and I have made it to the final spot.”
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