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2021 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Anthony Colonna

Barrington , RI
Age: 10 - 11
Gender: Boys
Region: Northeast
The Path to the National Finals
  1. Local Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Providence, RI 02909
    Jun 15, 2019
  2. Sub-Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Plymouth, MA 02360
    Aug 14, 2019
  3. Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Cromwell, CT 06416
    Sep 29, 2019
Home Course and Location:
Rhode Island Country Club, Barrington, RI

Play Golf Right or Left Handed:
Right

Age Started Playing Golf:
4 years old

Lowest Score Shot (9 and/or 18 holes):
34/73

How did you become interested in golf?
Playing with my dad and grandpa

Who introduced you to golf?
Dad and grandpa

Who do you normally play golf with?
My family, friend Rocco at our course, and friends (Thomas, Rocco, Antonio) at US Kids tournaments.

Who is your golf teacher?
My dad, Kyle Phelps and Josh Koch

What do you like most about playing golf?
Competitiveness, making friends through playing in tournaments, and I like that it’s challenging.

What part of golf do you like to practice the most?
Drives and trying to hit the ball as far as I can, and flop shots.

What’s the most difficult thing about golf?
The mental part – dealing with bad shots. Also traveling to golf tournaments which are usually at lead an hour drive.

What is your favorite club?
Sand wedge – I like that you can do different types of shots with it.

What is your favorite course in the world?
Ko Olina Golf Club – Honolulu, Hawaii

What is your biggest achievement in golf so far?
Qualifying for DCP Finals! Playing in the US Kids World Golf Championship at Pinehurst.

Have you ever participated in a USGA or PGA of America event? If so, which one(s), when, and how did you do?
NE PGA Jr – Wanumetonomy – 1st place
NE PGA Jr – Louisquisset – Tied for 1st
US Kids 2019 Summer Champion/Player of the Year

Do you participate in PGA Junior League?
Yes

Do you participate in The First Tee?
No

Local Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Buttonhole (Providence, RI) – First Place

Sub-Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Pinehills (Plymouth, MA) – First Place – Made 2 of 3 putts

Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
TPC Riverhighlands (Cromwell, CT) – First Place – Made 2 of 3 putts.

Have you tried to qualify for Drive, Chip and Putt in the past? If so, please list each of the years and previous results:
2016/2017 – Did not qualify
2017/2018 – Went to regionals
2018/2019 – Did not qualify
2019/2020 - Finals

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?
Yes – watching DCP finals made me want to work harder so I could qualify.

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

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?
Tiger Woods winning The Masters in 2019.

What is your favorite memory of watching golf on TV?
My family watches golf every Sunday evening – we set up TV trays in the living room and watch the final round.

Who is your favorite male golfer, and why?
Matthew Wolff because of his unique swing and power.

Who is your favorite female golfer, and why?
Lexi Thompson – because she plays in a charity tournament at our golf course and she is nice.

Who is the coolest player in golf, and why?
Dustin Johnson because he stays calm and focused.

Have you ever played with someone famous? Who? Please describe the circumstances:
I met Duane Wade on the driving range of Miami Beach Golf Club.
I was in a Titleist Commercial with Rafael Cabrera-Bello

If you could choose to play golf with a dream foursome, who would the other three people be?
Stephen Curry, Tiger Woods and Matthew Wolff.

Do you have any superstitions as it relates to golf? If so, please describe:
I always do a flop shot as my last warm up shot before a tournament.

Do you play any golf videos games? If so, which one(s)?
Golden Tee, The Golf Club 2019 and VR Golf.

What food would you serve at your Champions Dinner at Augusta National?
Steak Poutine, Cookie dough Ice cream

Favorite School Subject:
Science

Favorite School Teacher:
Mrs. Ferry

Favorite Sport (other than golf):
Basketball

Favorite Movie:
Happy Gilmore

Favorite Singer/Music Group:
Don't have one

Favorite TV Show:
Holey Moley

Favorite App:
YouTube

Favorite Emoji:
Smiling face with sunglasses.

Explain any talents or interests outside of golf:
Ping pong and fishing

Describe any obstacles you’ve overcome in your life:
My papa died earlier this year and I miss him because he always supported me in golf

Hero/Role Model(s):
My dad and grandpa

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
1) Head still, brush the grass and follow through
2) See it, feel it, trust it

What do you want to be with you grow up?
Golfer on the PGA Tour

Describe yourself:
Funny, nice, hard worker
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