Congratulations to Chris Marotto, Director of Golf at The Manor Golf & Country Club in Milton, Georgia, whose student – 11-year-old Jake Peacock – won the recent Drive, Chip & Putt Championship in the 10-11 boys group on Easter Sunday at Augusta National with Chris there watching.
Peacock has been taking lessons from Chris since he was 8 years old and – so far in his young career – has won more than 25 tournaments and the Little Linksters Best Pee Wee Golf Swing in North America, was runner-up at the Future Masters in 2013, and already has hit two holes-in-one. On New Year’s Day this past year he shot a 59 at the Alpharetta Athletic Club West Course.
In Augusta, Peacock proved that he has nerves of steel. He placed third in the Driving portion with a drive of 222 yards. During the Chipping portion, where points are based on the cumulative distance of two chip shots, Peacock’s first shot was a little over 15 feet from the hole so his second shot would determine whether or not he would stay in contention. Peacock checked the ball nicely and it landed within two feet of the hole, putting him in second place going into the Putting portion of the Championship.
In what truly was a moment the kids – nor their parents or instructors – will never forget, the players each to hit two putts on the historic 18th hole green at The Masters with the pin in its typical Sunday position at the front left. For the win, Peacock needed to hit both putts inside of 5 feet and four inches cumulatively. His first putt was a 30-footer in which he lagged to 1 foot and three inches so his final putt needed to be inside of 4 feet. Peacock hit a slick 15-foot putt that landed within 2 feet of the flag to secure the victory.
Peacock’s name was then put on the scoreboard in front of the 18th green and he was interviewed by the Golf Channel. An exciting moment that makes one wonder – another Jordan Spieth in the making?
Congratulations to Chris and the staff at The Manor Golf & Country Club!
Today the Masters Tournament officially tees off at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia! Even though Tiger Woods and the famous 17th hole Eisenhower Tree won’t be there, the tournament still promises a lot of drama. Star veterans are returning like Roy McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are returning, but this year a record 24 Masters rookies will begin play, including Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth. We'll see what happens! You can follow the tournament leader board here.
Aside from this morning's exciting tee-off, Augusta also hosted fun junior festivities earlier this week!
Leo Cheng, an 11-year-old representing Porter Valley Country Club, holed a 6-footer on the 18th hole to win his age bracket in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition! Leo's trophy was presented by Masters Champion Adam Scott.
Falling behind Cheng, Brookhaven Country Club’s Kyle Cox placed fourth in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. We are so proud of our young Members and wish them great future success!
Happy Masters Week everyone!
10-year-old Emma Costa, a junior member at Timarron Country Club in Southlake, TX, caught all of our attention over the weekend. The young talent advanced from the regional qualifier to the finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship in Augusta, GA. The tournament is put on by the Masters Tournament Foundation, the United States Golf Association, and PGA of America.
Come April 6, 2014, the day before practice rounds begin for the Masters Tournament, Costa will be representing North Texas at Augusta National Golf Club. Out of over tens of thousands of 7-15 year-old boys and girls that competed, Costa finished in the top 88 in the country. Costa has been working hard all summer as she competed in as many tournaments as possible in preparation for this moment.
Along with her regional win, Costa receives three tickets to the Masters practice round. She's already designated one ticket for her caddy - her mom.