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2021 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Jillian Burks

Paoli , PA
Age: 10 - 11
Gender: Girls
Region: East
The Path to the National Finals
  1. Local Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Orwigsburg, PA 17961
    Jun 27, 2019
  2. Sub-Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Newtown Square, PA 19073
    Aug 12, 2019
  3. Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Oakmont, PA 15139
    Sep 7, 2019
Home Course and Location:
White Manor Country Club - Malvern, PA and Applecross Country Club - Downingtown, PA

Play Golf Right or Left Handed:
Right

Handicap Index:
10.4

Age Started Playing Golf:
4

Lowest Score Shot (9 and/or 18 holes):
34/71

How did you become interested in golf?
My dad played, and I wanted to try, too.

Who introduced you to golf?
My dad.

Who do you normally play golf with?
My sister, Katelyn, and Kiersten Bodge

What do you like most about playing golf?
How you can always fix your mistakes on the next hole.

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

What’s the most difficult thing about golf?
Having to hit a shot you rarely practice.

What is your favorite club?
3-wood

What is your favorite course in the world?
Seaview Golf Resort - Galloway, NJ

What is your biggest achievement in golf so far?
Going to Augusta National!

Have you ever participated in a USGA or PGA of America event? If so, which one(s), when, and how did you do?
PGA – Philly Junior Tour

Do you participate in PGA Junior League?
Yes

Do you participate in LPGA*USGA Girls Golf?
No.

Do you participate in The First Tee?
No

Local Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Schuylkill Country Club – 1st

Sub-Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Aronimink Golf Club – 2nd

Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Oakmont Country Club – 1st. Seeing that I won on the TV monitor at the scorer’s table.

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 – Sub-regional, 2017 – Sub-regional, 2018 – Sub-regional, 2019 – Regional at Congressional, 2020 – National Finals at Augusta National

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, and not much.

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?
Meeting Paula Creamer at the 2015 US Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club.

What is your favorite memory of watching golf on TV?
When Paula Creamer made that long putt at the 2014 HSBC.

Who is your favorite male golfer, and why?
Justin Rose, because he is a good golfer and is left-eye dominant like me. And he won the 2013 US Open at nearby Merion.

Who is your favorite female golfer, and why?
Jessica Korda - She has a good attitude, is charitable, and has a close relationship with her younger sister.

Who is the coolest player in golf, and why?
Ian Poulter is hilarious.

Have you ever played with someone famous? Who? Please describe the circumstance:
No

If you could choose to play golf with a dream foursome, who would the other three people be?
Jessica Korda, Ian Poulter, Paula Creamer

Do you have any superstitions as it relates to golf? If so, please describe:
Yes – I don’t watch someone hit their ball off the tee. If it’s bad, I might do the same thing.

Do you play any golf video games? If so, which one(s)?
No, I don’t play video games.

What food would you serve at your Champions Dinner at Augusta National?
Steak, salad, dinner rolls, zeppoli.

Favorite School Subject:
Science

Favorite School Teacher:
Mr. Prothero and Mr. Diamond

Favorite Sport (other than golf):
Swim team

Favorite Movie:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Favorite Singer/Music Group:
Dua Lipa

Favorite TV Show:
The Masked Singer

Favorite Emoji:
Golf

Explain any talents or interests outside of golf:
Swim team, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, painting

Describe any obstacles you’ve overcome in your life:
Having ear surgery three times.

Hero/Role Model(s):
Jessica Korda

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
If you’re struggling, never say, “I can’t do this.” You have to do what you have to do, and you can do what you can do.” –Allan Kournikova in The Short Game movie

What do you want to be with you grow up?
Professional Golfer

Describe yourself:
Artistic, kind, confident, smart, and athletic.
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