Queensbury , NY
Age: 14 - 15
The Path to the National Finals
Should a player advance through local qualifying, the subregional and regional qualifying sites are pre-determined based upon the local qualifying site. The player is not guaranteed participation in the subregional qualifier unless he/she advances through local qualifying. The player is not guaranteed participation in the regional qualifier unless he/she advances through local and subregional qualifying.
Local QualifierEvent CompletedSchenectady, NY 12304Jul 24, 2021
Sub-Regional QualifierEvent CompletedSchenectady, NY 12304Aug 22, 2021
Regional QualifierEvent CompletedCromwell, CT 06416Sep 26, 2021
Queensbury, New York
Glens Falls, New York
NAME AND LOCATION OF SCHOOL:
Glens Falls High School
GRADE IN SCHOOL:
HOME GOLF COURSE AND LOCATION:
Highland Park Country Club
PLAY GOLF RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED:
AGE STARTED PLAYING GOLF:
LOWEST SCORE SHOT (9 AND/OR 18 HOLES):
4-under for 9 holes and 8-under for 18 holes
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GOLF?
My dad loves golf and he put a plastic club in my hand as soon as I could hold one. I started hitting foam balls around the house and it took off from there.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO GOLF?
My dad. At a very young age he would push me around the course in a jogging stroller so he could get a few holes in. Soon after I was playing myself and have loved it ever since!
WHO DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY GOLF WITH?
My dad, anyone available and my friend Alexander Gibbs, who is a one armed golfer and very good at the sport. My mom even drives me around in a cart every once and a while.
WHO IS YOUR GOLF INSTRUCTOR?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING GOLF?
It feels really good when you hit a good shot. It’s also different every time you play it. You can play the same course 100 times and not one round will be the same. Lastly, I get to be creative in figuring out how to play the ball.
WHAT PART OF GOLF DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE THE MOST?
My short game, chipping and putting.
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT GOLF?
The mental aspect of the game. When I hit a bad shot, I have to figure out how to put that behind me and focus on hitting the next shot. In the game of golf, we don’t have much time to put that bad shot behind us, just the amount of time it takes to walk up to the ball we just hit.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLUB?
60 degree wedge
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD?
My favorite course that I have played is Corales in Punta Cana, DR. Although I hope to be able to play Augusta National someday.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN GOLF SO FAR?
Making it to DCP nationals twice and going undefeated in highschool golf this year; winning all of my matches, the Foothills Championship, Sectionals and State Qualifiers.
HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN A USGA OR PGA OF AMERICA EVENT? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S), WHEN, AND HOW DID YOU DO?
I am a two-time player of the year for North Eastern New York PGA, and I've played in two NYS junior amateurs.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE?
I used to, our team made it to regionals twice.
LOCAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Town of Colonie Golf Course. I came in third with 117 points, winning the putting. I only hit one drive in and had to get 20 points on the final putt. The closest I have come to almost missing the sub-regional.
SUBREGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Town of Colonie Golf Course. I finished first with 141 points, winning the chipping and coming third in driving.
REGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
TPC River Highlands. I won with 167 points, which is the highest I have ever gotten. I finished third in driving, second in chipping and first in putting. The scores were very close heading into the putting portion of the competition. My closest competitor went first, getting 65 points. That put me in a position to have to get at least 60 points to win. There were eight competitors between us, so I had to keep a clear head while I waited 30 minutes to putt. I made my first putt and I putt my second to 20 points. On the last I also put it within a foot to earn 20 points and won by six points overall.
HAVE YOU TRIED TO QUALIFIY FOR DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT IN THE PAST? IF SO, PLEASE LIST EACH OF THE YEARS AND PREVIOUS RESULTS:
2016: I didn't make it past the local qualifier. 2017: I didn't make it past the local qualifier. 2018: I made it to sub-regionals. 2019: I finished third in sub-regionals. 2020: Came in 2nd overall and first in putting at the National Finals in Augusta. 2021: Won regionals to earn my second trip to the National Finals in Augusta!
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 part of it and it looked so cool and at the time I said,” I would love to go and watch the Masters sometime in my life”, but I never expected to play there.
LIST FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST – DRIVING, CHIPPING, PUTTING:
Chipping, putting and driving
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE MASTERS BEFORE? IF SO, WHEN?
When I went to the DCP National Finals last year, I was able to watch a practice round on Monday, but I would love and hope to have the opportunity to go to the actual tournament one day.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MASTERS MEMORY? U.S. OPEN OR U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN MEMORY? PGA CHAMPIONSHIP OR WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP MEMORY?
My favorite Masters memory is watching Tiger Woods win the tournament in 2019. My favorite U.S. Open memory was also watching that same year (2019), when the tournament came down to the last hole and Gary Woodland came out victorious after sinking a birdie putt. In 2019, I actually got to go to an event, the PGA Championship at Bethpage, and the best part was watching all the great golfers with my dad.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY WATCHING GOLF ON TV?
Watching Tiger Woods win the Masters with my dad in our T.V. room.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Justin Thomas because he has a really good attitude and is a great all around player that works really hard. He also congratulated me at last years DCP final which was very exciting for me!
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Dottie Pepper. She does a lot to support local junior golf. She lives near my hometown and I had a chance to meet her in October. She introduced herself to my golf team and congratulated me for making it to the DCP National Finals.
WHO IS THE COOLEST PLAYER IN GOLF, AND WHY?
Tommy Fleetwood because he has awesome hair!
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO PLAY GOLF WITH A DREAM FOURSOME, WHO WOULD THE OTHER THREE PEOPLE BE?
Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS AS IT RELATES TO GOLF? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE:
No, I do not. But my coach Scott had noticed a long time ago that I lose focus and talk too much when I eat sugar, so he banned me from eating it before practice, haha. And I do not eat it before competitions anymore.
DO YOU PLAY ANY GOLF VIDEO GAMES? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S)?:
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE AT YOUR CHAMPIONS DINNER AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?:
A medium rare filet mignon with my dad’s beef stroganoff and my mom’s homemade mac and cheese
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:
FAVORITE SCHOOL TEACHER:
FAVORITE SPORT (OTHER THAN GOLF):
James Bond movies
FAVORITE SINGER / MUSIC GROUP:
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
Good, Good Golf Podcast...that count? I don’t watch much TV!
Got some heat for this one last year, but I have to say the Weather Channel again. Not a big fan of the rain.
The thumbs up emoji
EXPLAIN ANY TALENTS OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GOLF:
I Like to play hockey, soccer, go skiing and play with my dog. I recently started to play disc golf and love it!
DESCRIBE ANY OBSTACLES YOU’VE OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE:
I have not had any major obstacles, but I did break my arm in the middle of the season last year. I taught myself to play one-handed golf. There was no way I could give up the rest of the season. Looking back, I consider this a blessing in disguise as it helped me improve my tempo in my golf swing.
HERO / ROLE MODEL(S):
My golf role model is my coach Scott Berliner because he has a true passion for the game and works extremely hard for what he has achieved.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
The best golf advice I have gotten is to “play your own game”. I have learned I can only try to do my best the best way I know how. I have no control over anything or anyone else.