Pittsburgh , PA
Age: 7 - 9
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 CompletedMcMurray, PA 15317Jul 14, 2021
Sub-Regional QualifierEvent CompletedFarmington, PA 15437Aug 11, 2021
Regional QualifierEvent CompletedRochester, NY 14618Sep 19, 2021
PLAYER’S PREFERRED FIRST NAME:
HOME GOLF COURSE AND LOCATION:
The Club at Nevillewood, Presto, PA
PLAY GOLF RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED:
AGE STARTED PLAYING GOLF:
LOWEST SCORE SHOT (9 AND/OR 18 HOLES):
33 (9), 67 (18)
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GOLF?
Niko started going to the golf course with his dad around two years old, he would take an iPad, get snacks and jump out and play a hole or two until he was able to complete nine holes.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO GOLF?
WHO DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY GOLF WITH?
My dad, grandpa and friends Jake and Eli.
WHO IS YOUR GOLF INSTRUCTOR?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING GOLF?
I like the competition and playing under pressure.
WHAT PART OF GOLF DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE THE MOST?
I like to practice my irons the most.
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT GOLF?
The six inches between your ears.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLUB?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD?
The Old Course at St. Andrews
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN GOLF SO FAR?
Becoming an Ohio State Champion and making it to Augusta National.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE?
Yes, Scally's PGA Jr. League.
LOCAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Valleybrook CC/ 120 /My most memorable moment was sinking a 35-foot putt.
SUBREGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Nemacolin Woodlands/107/ My most memorable moment was competing against my two golf buddies.
REGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Oak Hill CC/113/ The playoff was my most memorable moment because I had to make three shots to get to 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?
Yes, I watched it last year and I thought to myself that will be me next year!
LIST FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST – DRIVING, CHIPPING, PUTTING:
Driving, chipping, putting
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE MASTERS BEFORE? IF SO, WHEN?
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Brooks Koepka because he takes satisfaction from beating everybody more than anybody knows.
WHO IS THE COOLEST PLAYER IN GOLF, AND WHY?
Arnold Palmer was the coolest player in golf because he always stayed calm and cool.
DO YOU PLAY ANY GOLF VIEDO GAMES? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S)?:
Yes, PGA 2K21.
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE AT YOUR CHAMPIONS DINNER AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?:
Gyros, grape leaves, french fries with feta, and a hot fudge brownie sundae.
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:
FAVORITE SCHOOL TEACHER:
Mrs. Thiry (3rd grade)
FAVORITE SPORT (OTHER THAN GOLF):
Bobby Jones Stroke of Genius
FAVORITE SINGER / MUSIC GROUP:
Hall and Oates
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
EXPLAIN ANY TALENTS OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GOLF:
Besides golf, I like to play hockey, basketball, soccer and build Legos.
DESCRIBE ANY OBSTACLES YOU’VE OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE:
I broke my hand during my hockey championship playoff game this year and missed the beginning of spring golf. I continued to train and practice my short game following doctors' orders while wearing a cast.
HERO / ROLE MODEL(S):
My dad and Arnold Palmer
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOUR GROW UP?