Registration now open for 2022-23 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying

The National competition will be held on April 2, 2023, the Sunday before Masters week.

Registration for the 2022-23 Drive, Chip and Putt competition is now open with a chance to earn a trip to Augusta National on the line.

The USGA, Masters Tournament and PGA of America announced Tuesday that qualifying will take place at 350 locations with a goal of introducing the younger generation to the game.

Scioto Country Club (Columbus, Ohio), TPC Boston (Norton, Massachusetts), Castle Pines Golf Club (Castle Rock, Colorado), Oak Hill Country Club (Rochester, New York), Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, California), Desert Mountain Club (Scottsdale, Arizona), Medinah Country Club (Medinah, Illinois), Champions Golf Club (Houston), The Bear’s Club (Jupiter, Florida), and Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte) will serve as the ten regional hosts.

The 40 girls and 40 boys who advance from regionals will earn a spot in the National Finals held at Augusta National.

The competition will be held on April 2, 2023, the Sunday before Masters week.

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Bob Goalby, who won the 1968 Masters, dies at age 92

Bob Goalby, who won 11 PGA Tour titles, and was a pioneer in the formation of the PGA Tour Champions.

Bob Goalby, who won 11 PGA Tour titles, including the 1968 Masters, and was a pioneer in the formation of the PGA Tour Champions, has died at age 92 in Belleville, Illinois.

Goalby was born in Belleville, on March 14, 1929. At age 8, Goalby, the son of a coal miner, crossed the railroad tracks between his home and St. Clair Country Club a mere 50 yards away. He won the caddie championship at the age of 13 and became good enough to shoot par by the time he started his freshman year at Belleville West High.

Goalby was drafted into the Army in 1950 and he served until 1952. Afterwards, Goalby began playing professionally and was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1958. He also played in the 1963 Ryder Cup Matches.

But it was the 1968 Masters that was his signature triumph. Goalby’s heroics down the stretch often have been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the tournament. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Goalby birdied Nos. 13 and 14, then made eagle at No. 15, drilling a 3-iron from 200 yards to 6 feet. He shot 66 and posted 11-under 277 at Augusta National.

Goalby’s win never received the respect it deserved because it was marred by Argentina’s Roberto De Vicenzo signing a scorecard incorrectly. De Vicenzo signed for a par at No. 17 when he actually had made birdie, giving him a 66 and 278 total. Instead of a playoff to decide the title, Goalby was named the winner.

“I had no say in it,” Goalby told PGA Tour.com. “I told Roberto, ‘I guess I’ll see you tomorrow.’ But it wasn’t up to me to change the rules.”

In the aftermath, Goalby received hate mail, as if he had had anything to do with the decision. Nevertheless, he played in the Masters 27 times until 1986 and returned to the Champions Dinner for years.

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Bob Goalby, Ben Crenshaw and Jay Haas share some time before the second round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

“Winning the Masters, it’s helped me live a good life and lifted me into that upper echelon of golf,” he once said. “… For a guy who came from a small town with not many golf courses at that time, that was something special they can’t take away.”

Goalby later became a member at St. Clair Country Club, where he learned his craft, and passed on a love of the game to his nephew, Jay Haas. When Jay was 5, Goalby wrapped a leather grip around a cut-down 4-wood and out they went to the backyard to hit whiffle balls.

“Obviously, I owe a lot to him,” Haas told the Belleview News-Democrat. “I looked up to him. He certainly gave me golf lessons, but he also gave me a lot of life lessons. My dad took me out to play, and gave me the opportunity. But Bob was my teacher, in a lot of other things than just swing theories.”

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Master Champion Bob Goalby, left, and Bobby Nichols enjoy a light moment at a free golf clinic before the Music City U.S.A. Pro-Am on Oct. 11, 1968, at the Harpeth Hills Golf Course in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Jack Corn/The Tennessean)

Goalby later became a television commentator and analyst for NBC’s golf coverage for 14 years. He also played a pivotal role in the formation of the PGA Tour Champions.

“In the beginning, it was magic,” Goalby said of the senior circuit, in Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force. “For about 10 years we were just trying to keep up with the growth.”

Goalby teamed with De Vincenzo in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in 1981 and 1982, the tournament that gave birth to senior golf, and won twice on the 50-and-older circuit. His nephew, Jay, went on to win 18 Champions tour titles. Another nephew, Jerry Haas, is the men’s golf coach at Wake Forest. One of Goalby’s three sons, Kye, is a golf course architect and shaper.

KSDK Channel 5, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis, citing a family member as his source, was the first to report Goalby’s death through Twitter.

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After COVID cancellation, Latin America Amateur Championship returns; Masters slot to the winner

The LAAC has been dominated by Chile, as three players from there have won half of the events.

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return on January 20, 2022 after being canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19.

The 72-hole event, formed in 2015 by Augusta National, the USGA, and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, was conceived in order to encourage the growth of amateur golf in Latin America. The opportunities for the winner are the stuff of dreams: an invite to the Masters, The Open Championship, and both the U.S. and British Amateur Championships.

The LAAC has been dominated by Chile, as three players from the South American country have won half of the events (Matias Domínguez, 2015; Toto Gana, 2017; Joaquín Niemann, 2018). Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz, Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet, and Argentina’s Abel Gallegos are the other three winners.

Heading into this year, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, who hails from Argentina and plays his college golf at Arkansas, is the highest-ranked amateur player; he is currently 43rd in the world.

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The 25 countries that have yet to claim a winner have some potential challengers this year. Panamanian Omar Tejeira Jaen (62nd), Brazilian Andrey Borges Xavier (80th) and Peruvian Julián Pericó (100th) are clear contenders to earn a victory.

The range of age in the field is 39 years. The youngest player is Ezequiel Cabrera a 14-year-old Paraguayan while the oldest is 53-year-old Costa Rican veteran Álvaro Ortiz.

Whoever wins the 2022 edition will do it on a Pete Dye course that he believed to be his favorite among his world-class designs.

Teeth of the Dog, located on the Casa de Campos resort in the Dominican Republic, has seven holes that run along the edge of the ocean. Dye credits “the man upstairs” for the construction of those scenic holes; the other eleven holes, which sit farther from the cliffs, required some of Pete and Alice Dye’s magic touch.

In true Dye fashion, the bold landscape was made bolder through extremely laborious work. Built in the 1960s, the land needed serious massaging, but bringing the proper equipment over to the Dominican Republic was far too expensive. The majority of the land was infertile, spotted with coral and limestone. The course earned its name when the workers compared the limestone to the “diente de perro” or Teeth of the Dog.


Casa de Campo: The definition of oceanside golf in the Dominican Republic


Hundreds of laborers used hammers to pound away the hard material in order to replace it with soil. But where would the soil come from? Dye and his team used oxen-pulled wagons to transport soil to the site from a mile down the road. These were not large wagons, one square yard of soil fit in each wagon; they were typically used to move sugarcane. Continuing the trend of resourcefulness, Dye mixed a sugarcane byproduct – cachaza – with sand and soil to construct his topsoil.

As they began routing the course, large rocks and boulders impeded the playing corridors. With painstaking effort, the laborers moved the heavy rocks to the edges of the fairway. Once all the rocks were moved, they created a stone wall that actually covered two miles of terrain.

It’s no wonder that Tom Doak said Teeth of the Dog was built “with a degree of craftsmanship seldom seen today.” The Dye’s stayed on the property while Teeth of the Dog was built, visiting the site almost daily. The laborers, who spent hours building calluses as they pounded limestone and coral, demonstrated their craftsmanship as they delicately built greens and bunkers using hand rakes and shovels.

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The No. 5 hole at Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic (Courtesy of Casa de Campo)

The breakdown of inland and water holes at Teeth of the Dog is the same as Pebble Beach. Both have 11 inland holes and seven holes on the water. For Tom Doak, there is no comparison between Pebble’s inland holes and those at Teeth of the Dog. In The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses” Doak wrote, “The starting holes of Teeth of the Dog are especially good, letting golfers stretch their muscles before they reach the par-5 3rd.”

The holes along the water are what separate Teeth of the Dog and earn its reputation as the best Caribbean course and a top-tier course in the world. Holes 5-8 and then 14-17 both run along the Caletón de la Majagua.

Photographer Brain Morgan famously said that Teeth of the Dog has seven holes in the water. Anyone who has seen the fifth hole knows what Morgan is talking about; the tee box and green both jut out into the ocean. According to Doak, both sets of water holes would be the “best stretch of holes on 99 percent of golf courses.”

Whoever wins the 2022 LAAC will require the skill to hit all the necessary shots and avoid the manmade distractions that Pete and Alice Dye created along with Mother Nature’s distractions just off the coast of the Dominican Republic.

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Ian Woosnam announces he’s not playing in the Masters anymore

Ian Woosnam won the 1991 Masters for his lone major championship.

Ian Woosnam, who won the 1991 Masters Tournament, has announced that his days of competing at Augusta National Golf Club are over.

Woosnam, 64, was a fixture at the Masters since 1988, missing only the 2007 and 2020 tournaments during that stretch. He made 12 straight cuts between 1989 and 2000 but didn’t make the cut again until 2008, which turned out to be his last time playing the weekend.

Other than his ’91 win—after which he received his green jacket from Nick Faldo—his best finish at Augusta was a tie for 14th, which he did twice.

‘Woosie’ won the European Tour Order of Merit twice (1987, 1990) and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.

He ascended to World No. 1 on Monday of Masters week in 1991 and six days later donned the green jacket for his lone major title.

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Tom Watson to join Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player as honorary starter for Masters

“Augusta National in April is one of my favorite places to be.”

Forty-five years ago, Tom Watson held off Jack Nicklaus by two shots to win his first green jacket.

Forty-one years ago, Watson again held off Nicklaus, as well as Johnny Miller, to win his second green jacket.

Come April, Watson and Nicklaus will hook up again at Augusta National.

Watson will join Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter ahead the first round of the Masters. The three combined to win the Masters 11 times.

In addition to his Masters wins in 1977 and 1981, Watson finished runner-up in 1978, 1979 and 1984 and had 15 top-10s in all in 42 starts. He is one of 17 players to win multiple Masters. His 72.74 scoring average ranks fifth in the tournament’s history. Watson’s 58 subpar rounds are second all-time behind Nicklaus (71). Watson holds the record for most consecutive years with at least one subpar round (21, 1975-1995).

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Watson, 72, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. He won 39 PGA Tour titles (tied for 10th all time). Eight of those victories were in major championships, including wins in the Open Championship in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983.

“Augusta National in April is one of my favorite places to be,” Watson said in a release on Tuesday from Augusta National Golf Club. “With the many fond memories of both watching the Masters as a youngster and then competing in the tournament for so many years, I am greatly honored to join my friends and fellow competitors, Jack and Gary, as an honorary starter in this upcoming Masters.

“In both of my victories, Jack was on my heels. And when Gary won his third tournament in 1978, I was there to help him put on the green jacket. Moments like those stand out in my career, and the opportunity to share the honorary starter tradition with Jack, Gary and the Masters patrons will be very special.”

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Watson will become the 11th honorary starter in the tournament’s history. The tradition began in 1963 with Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod. Other honorary starters include Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Nicklaus, Player and Lee Elder.

The 86th Masters is April 7-10.

“I am honored that Tom has accepted our invitation,” said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters. “I look forward to commemorating his love for the game and impact on the Masters with his millions of fans across the globe as he hits a tee shot alongside two of the tournament’s other all-time greats, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.”

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Applications for the biggest bargain in golf have been received — by Masters patrons

Patrons were notified that applications and renewal fees for series badges are due January 31.

It’s easy to lose track of time around the holidays. It comes quickly and leaves even faster. The same can be said for the PGA Tour schedule. One minute the guys are teeing it up in the wrap-around events, and out of nowhere, they’re in Kapalua kicking off the 2022 calendar year.

Among the things the new year means for golf, one stands above them all — it’s almost time for the Masters.

According to the Aiken Standard, patrons were notified Monday that applications and renewal fees for series badges are due January 31.

As with many things at August National, the price of the series badge remains unthinkably low at $375. This price covers admission for all four tournament days (Thursday-Sunday). To put that in perspective, the lowest price on TicketMaster as of January 8 is $3,359 — and that’s just for Thursday.

The patron badge list was originally established, with an accompanying waiting list, in 1972. The waiting list was closed six years later until briefly reopening in 2000.

In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many series badge holders were told they were not selected to attend the event and received their money back.

Again, as of January 8, there has been no word on whether or not attendance at the 2022 Masters will be limited.

The event is scheduled for April 7-10.

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The Masters sends official invitation to defending champion Hideki Matsuyama

The 86th Masters will be April 7-10, 2022. You can almost hear the familiar voice of Jim Nantz, can’t you?

While the rest of us are scrambling to finish our Christmas shopping, the folks at Augusta National Golf Club sent out a friendly reminder Monday that April will be here before you know it.

The official Masters Twitter account posted a photo of an invitation to the 2022 event, with the envelope made out to defending champion Hideki Matsuyama. In 2021, he became the first Japanese player to win one of the majors on the men’s pro circuit and in this case, don the green jacket.

The 86th Masters will be April 7-10, 2022. You can almost hear the familiar voice of Jim Nantz, can’t you?

Matsuyama, ranked 18th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is in the field as a defending champion. Many others clinched a spot in the tournament as well. Monday marks the final OWGR of the year and the top 50 in that ranking who have not otherwise qualified have locked up a spot.

That’s great news for guys like Tyrrell Hatton (22), Corey Conners (38), Tommy Fleetwood (40), Takumi Kanaya (50).

Cameron Tringale just missed the top 50, as he checks in at No. 51. All hope is not lost yet for Tringale and those on the outside looking in. There’s still tournaments that can be won in the new year prior to the Masters and the top 50 on the OWGR published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament are also invited.

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Drive, Chip and Putt: 80 finalists advance to Augusta National Golf Club for April 2022 competition

Augusta National released the list of 40 girls and 40 boys who made it through the 10 regionals.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — With the completion of regional qualifiers, the 2022 Drive, Chip and Putt finalists to play next spring at Augusta National Golf Club were announced Monday.

Augusta National released the list of 40 girls and 40 boys who made it through the 10 regional qualifying events. The boys and girls are each split into four different divisions based on age within each division: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 years old.

Regional qualifiers included The Bear’s Club, Quail Hollow Club, Medinah Country Club, TPC River Highlands, Colorado Golf Club, Oak Hill Country Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, TPC Scottsdale, The Alotian Club and Oakland Hills Country Club.

The field also features six returning finalists: Lisa Copeland (2017), Brayden Dock (2021), Michael Jorski (2018), Athena Singh (2021), Asterisk Talley (2018) and Champa Visetsin (2021).

The Drive, Chip and Putt finals take place on Sunday, April 3, 2022, the day after the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

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New Jersey company charged with stealing $126K from group planning trip to The Masters

If convicted, both defendants could face anywhere from five to 10 years in prison.

FREEHOLD, New Jersey — Two men who owned a Jersey Shore-based tour company have been charged with stealing more than $126,000 from a group of people who booked a trip to the 2019 Masters golf tournament, authorities said.

John Donadio, 56, of Belmar, and Michael Moyer, 56, of New Orleans, were both charged by direct indictment with second-degree theft, according to acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

The charges stem from an investigation by both the prosecutor’s office and the Belmar Police Department, which they learned Eclipse Global Events had broken a contract with a group of eight people and refused to issue a refund after claiming their payment was late, Linskey said.

The group of eight had arranged for an all-inclusive trip to the annual golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, which was supposed to include lodging, tickets (both practice and tournament rounds), hospitality events, and local transportation.

Tiger Woods captured the title. He was playing in his 75th major as a professional, but although he had won 14 majors in his first 46 attempts as a pro, hadn’t won a major in 28 starts.

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Eclipse Global Events charged the group more than $126,000 for the package, but even after the amount was allegedly paid in full and immediately prior to the event, the victims were advised their payment was late and they would not be receiving the trip — nor a refund, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Authorities allege the company had pocketed the money for themselves.

Donadio surrendered himself on Oct. 1, while Moyer turned himself in Wednesday after a Monmouth County Grand Jury returned the indictment in late September.

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The case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Kristen Anastos, while Donadio will be represented by Thomas Huth, of Red Bank. There was no attorney information immediately available for Moyer.

If convicted, both defendants could face anywhere from five to 10 years in prison.

Anyone with additional information surrounding the case is asked to contact Detective Michael Acquaviva of the prosecutor’s office at 1-800-533-7443.

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Joshua Chung is the 9-5 breaking news and weather reporter. A lifelong Jersey Shore resident, he is a recent graduate of Michigan State University. Contact him at jchung@gannettnj.com, 917-703-9373 or on Twitter @Joshchunggg

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Want to work the Masters? Well, here’s your chance.

Couldn’t think of a better place to work.

Signs of fall may be all around, but planning for Augusta’s big springtime event is underway – Augusta National Golf Club began accepting applications for employment during Masters Week today.

Those interested in jobs in concessions, hospitality, merchandise and security operations can visit jobs.masters.com to submit their application. Each person may only apply for one position. If an applicant submits an application for more than one position, the first application will be accepted and the others will become inactive.

Applicants must be available to work April 2-10. If hired, employees will also have to attend orientation and training prior to starting work. To work on the course, applicants must be at least 16 years of age on or before March 23 or the first day of employment, whichever is first. The deadline to apply is Dec. 6.

Candidates who move forward in the process will be given the opportunity for a virtual interview. Compensation varies by position, and employees typically work 10 to 14 hours per day.

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