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2021 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Amelia Cho

Ashburn , VA
Age: 12 - 13
Gender: Girls
Region: East
The Path to the National Finals
  1. Local Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Clarksburg, MD 20871
    Jun 21, 2019
  2. Sub-Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Great Falls, VA 22066
    Aug 8, 2019
  3. Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Oakmont, PA 15139
    Sep 7, 2019
Home Course and Location:
The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, Virginia

Play Golf Right or Left Handed:
Right

Age Started Playing Golf:
7 years old

Lowest Score Shot (9 and/or 18 holes):
72

Handicap Index:
0.7

How did you become interested in golf?
My dad took me out to the golf course one day and that's where it began!

Who introduced you to golf?
My dad, a golf fanatic

Who do you normally play golf with?
My younger sister and my golf friends

Who is your golf teacher?
Dad

What do you like most about playing golf?
Being outside, meeting new people competing with friends

What part of golf do you like to practice the most?
Short Game

What’s the most difficult thing about golf?
Playing in extreme weather conditions

What is your favorite club?
Putter or 9 iron

What is your favorite course in the world?
Bay Creek Resort and Club in Cape Charles, VA

What is your biggest achievement in golf so far?
Getting to play in the DCP Finals at Augusta

Have you ever participated in a USGA or PGA of America event? If so, which one(s), when, and how did you do?
No, not yet.

Do you participate in PGA Junior League?
I used to

Do you participate in LPGA*USGA Girls Golf?
No

Do you participate in The First Tee?
No

Local Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Little Bennet Golf Course in Clarksburg, MD. I came in 3rd.

Sub-Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
River Bend Golf & Country Club in Great Falls, VA. I came in 2nd, after competing against many of my good friends

Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA. I came in 1st!! Touring Pittsburgh for the first time with my family since my mom went to school there. My golf friends were there to cheer me on and celebrate when I won.

Have you tried to qualify for Drive, Chip and Putt in the past? If so, please list each of the years and previous results:
2017/2018 – Pinehurst, NC (Regional). 7th Place Overall
2018/2019: River Bend Golf Country Club (Subregional). 10th Place Overall.
2019/2020: Oakmont Country Club (Regional). 1st.

Did you watch last year’s Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on television? If so, what impact did that have on your participation this year?
I watched some of it and it inspired me to work hard to be able to participate in the finals!

List from strongest to weakest – Driving, Chipping, Putting:
Putting, Chipping, Driving

Have you ever been to the Masters before? If so, when?
No

What is your favorite Masters memory? U.S. Open or U.S. Women’s Open memory? PGA Championship or Women’s PGA Championship memory?
Watching Tiger Woods win the 2019 Masters

What is your favorite memory of watching golf on TV?
My favorite memories are of my family watching it together while we root for different players.

Who is your favorite male golfer, and why?
Jason Day

Who is your favorite female golfer, and why?
Brooke Henderson

Who is the coolest player in golf, and why?
My sister because she is always so positive and funny!

If you could choose to play golf with a dream foursome, who would the other three people be?
Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson & Inbee Park

Do you have any superstitions as it relates to golf? If so, please describe:
Using a Titleist #1

Do you play any golf videos games? If so, which one(s)?
No

What food would you serve at your Champions Dinner at Augusta National?
Lobster, steak, Caesar salad, crostini, sushi, pasta

Favorite School Subject:
English

Favorite School Teacher:
Ms. Snow

Favorite Sport (other than golf):
Ice skating

Favorite Movie:
The Help

Favorite Singer/Music Group:
SZA

Favorite TV Show:
Stranger Things

Favorite App:
Snapchat

Favorite Emoji:
Eye roll emoji

Explain any talents or interests outside of golf:
Level 6 certified classical guitarist in the Royal Conservatory of Music; 1st place recipient for Laws at Life essay contest; social media coordinator and marketer, cooking, member of National Junior Honor Society, volunteer at Special Olympics

Describe any obstacles you’ve overcome in your life:
Recovering from an ongoing back and wrist injuries. Juggling extracurricular and school.

Hero/Role Model(s):
Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai, my parents

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Instead of looking at how far you have to go, look at how far you have come

What do you want to be with you grow up?
Dermatologist or a criminal defense lawyer

Describe yourself:
Positive, kind, ambitious, a good friend and sister
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