Two golfers try to advance in First Tee Drive, Chip, and Putt competition

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Grace Holcomb and Kiersten Downing have been friends for a longtime. Now the two have dreams of playing The Masters. Over the past few months Grace and Kiersten have been practicing three days a week to compete in the USGA's Drive, Putt, and Chip competition.

The two 10-year-olds will take part in separate local qualifiers, with the winners in each age group advancing to the regionals.  Winners from the regional move on to the National Championship the weekend before The Masters, at Augusta National.

"My mom saw it on the Masters and she signed up on the computer and we just starting practicing for it" said Grace Holcomb. She didn't want to do this along, so she convinced her friend Kiersten, who had just started playing golf months prior to try.  "Grace invited me to the driving range, and after that I went a few more times and like it" said Kiersten.

Grace and Kiersten friendship started before golf, and won't let the sport get between that. "We promised ourselves that if one of us go in and the other didn't that we wouldn't be mad at each other" say Grace.

In the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition each golfer accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the Overall Champion of his or her age category.

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