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Paul Ancona

Pace , FL
Age: 12 - 13
Gender: Boys
Region: Southeast
The Path to the National Finals
  1. Local Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Mobile, AL 36618
    Jun 8, 2021
  2. Sub-Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Prattville, AL 36066
    Aug 22, 2021
  3. Regional Qualifier
    Event Completed
    Jupiter, FL 33477
    Oct 3, 2021
HOMETOWN:
Pace, FL
PLAYER BIRTHPLACE:
Tampa, FL
NAME AND LOCATION OF SCHOOL:
Homeschool
GRADE IN SCHOOL:
7th
HOME GOLF COURSE AND LOCATION:
Stonebrook Golf Club; Pace, FL
PLAY GOLF RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED:
Right
AGE STARTED PLAYING GOLF:
Eight
LOWEST SCORE SHOT (9 AND/OR 18 HOLES):
Lowest score was at Stonebrook Golf Course and I shot a 32 for nine holes. My lowest 18 hole round is a 71.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GOLF?
I went on the golf course with my dad and watched him play.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO GOLF?
My dad took me out on the golf course when I was young and I was hooked. A year later he signed me up for the First Tee and I loved it!
WHO DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY GOLF WITH?
I play golf with my brother, sister and my dad.
WHO IS YOUR GOLF INSTRUCTOR?
Ryan Mattox
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING GOLF?
I love the challenge of golf and always trying to beat my score from the previous round. I also love spending time with my family on the course.
WHAT PART OF GOLF DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE THE MOST?
I like to practice my short game.
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT GOLF?
The most difficult thing is being consistent during a tournament and overcoming bad shots.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLUB?
Scotty Cameron Phantom X putter
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD?
Pebble Beach
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN GOLF SO FAR?
My biggest achievement is making it to the Drive, Chip and Putt national finals.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE?
Yes
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN FIRST TEE?
Yes
LOCAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Magnolia Grove/placed first overall/ The most memorable moment was that both my brother and sister qualified for the subregional qualifier. It was a happy ride home because we all made it and celebrated!
SUBREGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Capitol Hill Prattville, AL/ I didn’t do my best at this competition. One drive went out-of-bounds and one chip went outside the circles. My sister also qualified for the regional qualifier and she placed first in her age division. I was so proud of her.
REGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Bears Club in Jupiter, FL/ placed first overall/ I did really well chipping and putting. One chip and one putt went in the hole. I was happy with my short game results. Unfortunately, my sister Emma-Grace didn’t place first but I was proud of her for making it that far.
HAVE YOU TRIED TO QUALIFIY FOR DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT IN THE PAST? IF SO, PLEASE LIST EACH OF THE YEARS AND PREVIOUS RESULTS:
2017- local qualifier Farmington Country Club VA; 2018- First Tee of Chesterfield in VA; 2019-Magnolia Grove and then Capitol Hill
LIST FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST – DRIVING, CHIPPING, PUTTING:
Chipping, driving, putting
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY WATCHING GOLF ON TV?
Watching Tiger Woods win the US Open
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Justin Thomas because he has an amazing work ethic and a great attitude.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Lexi Thompson because she is a hard worker.
WHO IS THE COOLEST PLAYER IN GOLF, AND WHY?
Tony Finau because he is always so happy and even when he shanks a ball he just moves on and continues playing.
HAVE YOUR EVER PLAYED WITH SOMEONE FAMOUS? IF SO, WHO? PLEASE DESCRIBE THE CIRCUMSTANCES:
No, however I did play mini-golf with Bubba Watson and I beat him!
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO PLAY GOLF WITH A DREAM FOURSOME, WHO WOULD THE OTHER THREE PEOPLE BE?
Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS AS IT RELATES TO GOLF? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE:
I have to use a special ball marker from the Bears Club.
DO YOU PLAY ANY GOLF VIEDO GAMES? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S)?:
Yes, 2K21 for the Play Station 4.
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE AT YOUR CHAMPIONS DINNER AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?:
Filet with a side of pasta for dinner, root beer for the drink and ice cream cake for dessert.
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:
History
FAVORITE SCHOOL TEACHER:
My mom
FAVORITE SPORT (OTHER THAN GOLF):
Football but hockey is also a favorite
FAVORITE MOVIE:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
FAVORITE SINGER / MUSIC GROUP:
Luke Bryan
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
EXPLAIN ANY TALENTS OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GOLF:
I love to read. I read at least two books every week. I also volunteer at church with the babies and toddlers.
DESCRIBE ANY OBSTACLES YOU’VE OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE:
I had dysphagia as a child and couldn't swallow food.
HERO / ROLE MODEL(S):
My dad because he works really hard to take care of us. Tim Tebow because he is a great Christian and athlete.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Work hard and never give up
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOUR GROW UP?
PGA Tour player or a PGA professional
DESCRIBE YOURSELF:
I am a Christian who loves Jesus, church, my family and golf. I work hard in everything I do.
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