Phung Sisters, Dock Will Represent NY in 2020 Drive, Chip & Putt Nationals
AUGUSTA, G.A. – Three talended young players from New York State are headed to Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 5th, 2020 for the 7th annual Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) National Finals.
The trio will be among eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and France, all whom qualified through three different stages (local, sub-regional, regional) in 2019.
The Empire State representatives include Alexandra Phung of Forest Hills (Girls 7-9) who qualified for last year’s DCP Nationals, along with her older sister Amelie Phung (Girls 12-13), and Braydon Dock of Queensbury (Boys 12-13). They all advanced through the Regional Qualfier at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
“It’s really amazing the we were both able to step up on the same day, handle the pressure and everything,” said Amelie to DCP media.
“I’ve never been to Augusta, and I’m really excited to go,” said Dock. “I don’t care how well I do, I just want to be there.”
Alternate finishers from the final stage of qualifying at TPC River Highlands include: Maria Glavin of Waterford (Girls 7-9), Mariah Brownhill of New York City (Girls 10-11), Julius Viray of Florida (NY) (Boys 12-13), and Carter Mizro of Auburn (Boys 14-15).
2019 qualifying began at the local level in May of 2019 at 300 sites around the U.S. The top-three scorers per venue, in each of the four age categories separated into boys and girls divisions, advanced to one of the 60+ subregional qualifiers in July and August. Two juniors in each age and gender division then competed at the regional level in September, held at some of the top courses in the country. Finally, the top finisher from each of the 10 regionals earned a place in the National Finals.
In New York, the list of the 2019 DCP qualifying host courses included:
Local – Saratoga National GC (6/29), The Apawamis Club (7/8), Yahnundasis GC (7/10), Harbor Links GC (7/11), Glen Oak GC (7/11), Craig Wood G&CC (7/14), Knollwood CC (7/15), Colonial Springs GC (7/18), Southern Meadows GC (7/18), Highland Park GC (7/19), Sunken Meadow GC (7/22), Timber Banks GC (7/24), Fox Valley Club (7/25) and Town of Colonie GC (7/27).
Sub-Regional – Glen Oak GC (8/8), Turning Stone Resort & Casino (8/14), Bethpage State Park (8/15)
Regional – None
Drive, Chip & Putt is a free, nationwide youth golf development program open to boys and girls, ages 7-15, in four age categories. The three-pronged competition tests the skills essential to playing golf - accuracy in driving, chipping and putting.
The program, which was founded in 2013, began in partnership between the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America and the USGA.