Boys and girls of all abilities can try their hand at the fundamental skills of golf: driving, chipping and putting. Any kid can participate – it’s not just for juniors who play regularly. And the competition is completely free!
Scoring is based solely on performing the three skills, and competitors get to try each one three times. Kids compete in four age divisions: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 (based on participant’s age as of the National Finals in April 2018).
The top performers at the local level advance through sub-regional and regional qualifying rounds, where 80 finalists (40 boys and 40 girls) earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on the eve of the Masters Tournament.
Kennedy Swedick from Voorheesville, NY, won the Girls 10-11 Age Division to advance to the finals at Augusta National in April 2017. Kennedy wowed the crowd in Augusta when she holed out to finish first in the chipping competition. The moment was broadcast on ESPN (see below).
The year before, Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park, NY, competed at Augusta in the same age division. Check out Nicole’s adventure.
These competitors qualified for the Sub-regionals. Green shading indicates juniors who advanced to the Regionals.
|Gender||Age Category||First Name||Last Name||City|
|Female||10 to 11||Kennedy||Swedick||Voorheesville|
|Male||10 to 11||Kyle||Louis||Ballston Lake|
|Male||10 to 11||Kieran||Cummins||Loudonville|
|Male||10 to 11||Derek||Clark||Old Chatham|
|Male||10 to 11||Brayden||Dock||Queensbury|
|Female||10 to 11||Lira||Bonitatibus||Saratoga Springs|
|Female||10 to 11||Sienna||Wheeler||Schenectady|
|Female||10 to 11||Jillian||Rawson||Slingerlands|
|Male||10 to 11||Phoenix||Shulkin||Stottville|
|Female||12 to 13||Nicole||Criscone||Clifton Park|
|Male||12 to 13||Casey||Everett||Saratoga Springs|
|Female||12 to 13||Mackenna||Billington||Saratoga Springs|
|Female||12 to 13||Ali||Card||Schenectady|
|Male||12 to 13||Austin||Shulkin||Stottville|
|Female||12 to 13||Lauren||Stephens||Troy|
|Male||14 - 15||Nicholas||Lyons||Loudonville|
|Male||14 - 15||Anthony||Cavotta||Saratoga Springs|
|Male||14 - 15||Will||Braxton||Saratoga Springs|
|Male||7 to 9||Francis||Foley||Loudonville|
|Female||7 to 9||Lilla||Zeevalk||Mechanicville|
|Female||7 to 9||Ella||Joralemon||Valatie|
Kennedy and Nicole will compete in the Regional Qualifier at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamoroneck, NY, on October 1. Both are hoping to earn a spot in the finals at Augusta National for the second time.
Local Qualifiers for the 2019 finals in Augusta will be held in July 2018 at:
Saratoga National Golf Club
458 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Town of Colonie Golf Course
418 Consaul Road
Schenectady, NY 12304
Specific dates and registration opportunities will be announced after the finals in 2018.
Top 80 golfers nationwide compete at Augusta National Golf Club.