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2021 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Karstyn Altese

Diamondhead , MS
Age: 10 - 11
Gender: Girls
Region: South Central
The Path to the National Finals
  1. Local Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Pass Christian, MS 39571
    Jun 11, 2019
  2. Sub-Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Madison, MS 39110
    Aug 10, 2019
  3. Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Roland, AR 72135
    Oct 5, 2019
Home Course and Location:
Diamondhead Country Club, Diamondhead, MS

Play Golf Right or Left Handed:
Right

Age Started Playing Golf:
3

Lowest Score Shot (9 and/or 18 holes):
34/9 holes and 76/18 holes

Handicap Index:
4. 9 hole scoring average 38

How did you become interested in golf?
Dad & Grandpa introduced me to the game. My sister, Katelynn, plays golf as well.

Who introduced you to golf?
Dad and Grandpa

Who do you normally play golf with?
I normally practice with Grandpa and dad. Also, I play on US Kids Golf Coast Local Tour with my friends.

Who is your golf teacher?
Grandpa (primary), Dad, and team of coaches at Golf Academy of Diamondhead

What do you like most about playing golf?
I like playing with my friends and seeing how low I can score on different golf courses.

What part of golf do you like to practice the most?
Putting is my favorite.

What’s the most difficult thing about golf?
Staying positive after a bad shot.

What is your favorite club?
I like all my clubs but 52 wedge is my favorite.

What is your favorite course in the world?
Augusta National…I would love to play the Augusta National Women’s Amateur one day.

What is your biggest achievement in golf so far?
Placed 8th in US Kids Golf World Championship in 2018 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?
Not yet.

Do you participate in PGA Junior League?
I did play several seasons.

Do you participate in LPGA*USGA Girls Golf?
No

Do you participate in The First Tee?
No

Local Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
The Oaks Golf Club, Pass Christian, Mississippi – 1st Overall
Drive – 1st, Chip – 2nd, Putt – 2nd

Sub-Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
Reunion Golf & Country Club, Madison, Mississippi – 1st Overall
Drive – 1st, Chip – 2nd, Putt – 2nd

Regional Qualifying Site/Results/Any Memorable Moments:
The Alotian Club, Roland, Arkansas – 1st Overall
Drive – 2nd, Chip – 3rd, Putt – 1st

Have you tried to qualify for Drive, Chip and Putt in the past? If so, please list each of the years and previous results:
Yes, 3 times.
2017 – made it to Regionals at TPC Sawgrass
2018 – Sub-Regional Alternate
2019 – Sub-Regional Alternate

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 made me want to be there.

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 memory of watching golf on TV?
Just watching Brooke Henderson and her sister on the golf course.

Who is your favorite male golfer, and why?
Justin Thomas. Watched a show on the golf channel about him and his dad.

Who is your favorite female golfer, and why?
Brooke Henderson. She seems very confident and humble.

Who is the coolest player in golf, and why?
Jacob Bergeron. He played in US Open and practices at my club. He is nice to all the juniors.

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?
Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Brooke Henderson (with her caddie)

Do you have any superstitions as it relates to golf? If so, please describe:
Yes. I feel confident when I wear a red shirt and my blue Diamondhead golf bag is lucky.

Do you play any golf video games? If so, which one(s)?
Yes. Golden Tee.

What food would you serve at your Champions Dinner at Augusta National?
Cranberry & Nut Salad, Steak with A1 sauce, loaded sweet potato, asparagus, cooked carrots, cheesecake

Favorite School Subject:
Math

Favorite School Teacher:
Too many to choose

Favorite Sport (other than golf):
Dance (7 years including competitive dance)

Favorite Movie:
Mission Impossible

Favorite Singer/Music Group:
Lauren Daigle

Favorite TV Show:
Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna

Favorite App:
Instagram

Favorite Emoji:
Thumbs Up

Explain any talents or interests outside of golf:
Dance, reading, arts & crafts, drawing

Hero/Role Model(s):
God

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Stay in the moment

What do you want to be with you grow up?
FBI Agent after playing on LPGA Tour

Describe yourself:
Christian, thoughtful, quick witted, good student, perfectionist, and athletic
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