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!