PGA Northeastern NY

Drive, Chip & Putt Nationwide Skills Competition

(boys and girls ages 7-15)

An Exciting Way for Kids to Enjoy Golf

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.

Local Winners for Two Years Running!

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.

Local Results for 2018 Competition

These competitors qualified for the Sub-regionals. Green shading indicates juniors who advanced to the Regionals.

Gender Age Category First Name Last Name City
Female10 to 11KennedySwedickVoorheesville
Male10 to 11KyleLouisBallston Lake
Male10 to 11KieranCumminsLoudonville
Male10 to 11DerekClarkOld Chatham
Male10 to 11BraydenDockQueensbury
Female10 to 11LiraBonitatibusSaratoga Springs
Female10 to 11SiennaWheelerSchenectady
Female10 to 11JillianRawsonSlingerlands
Male10 to 11PhoenixShulkinStottville
Female12 to 13NicoleCrisconeClifton Park
Male12 to 13CaseyEverettSaratoga Springs
Female12 to 13MackennaBillingtonSaratoga Springs
Female12 to 13AliCardSchenectady
Male12 to 13AustinShulkinStottville
Female12 to 13LaurenStephensTroy
Male14 - 15NicholasLyonsLoudonville
Male14 - 15AnthonyCavottaSaratoga Springs
Male14 - 15WillBraxtonSaratoga Springs
Male7 to 9FrancisFoleyLoudonville
Female7 to 9LillaZeevalkMechanicville
Female7 to 9EllaJoralemonValatie

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.

Here’s How You Can Participate:

Local Qualifiers

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.

National Finals – Sunday, April 1, 2018

Top 80 golfers nationwide compete at Augusta National Golf Club.

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