Castle Rock , CO
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 CompletedEagle, CO 81631Jun 9, 2022
Sub-Regional QualifierEvent CompletedAurora, CO 80018Aug 14, 2022
Regional QualifierEvent CompletedCastle Rock, CO 80108Sep 18, 2022
NAME AND LOCATION OF SCHOOL:
Colorado Connections Academy - Home School
GRADE IN SCHOOL:
HOME GOLF COURSE AND LOCATION:
Plum Creek Golf Club- Castle Rock, Colorado
PLAY GOLF RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED:
I play right handed but can golf both left and right handed.
AGE STARTED PLAYING GOLF:
10 months old
LOWEST SCORE SHOT (9 AND/OR 18 HOLES):
Tournament Rounds - 34 (9 holes), 72 (18 holes) Practice Rounds - 32 (9 holes)
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GOLF?
My dad would strap my car seat into the golf cart when I was just a baby. As soon as I could walk, I started golfing with my plastic set of clubs. When I was 18 months old, I got my first set of real clubs. I have loved golf ever since I can remember.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO GOLF?
WHO DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY GOLF WITH?
Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister, and Friends
WHO IS YOUR GOLF INSTRUCTOR?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING GOLF?
I like the challenge & that every day is different. I also love to beat my dad!
WHAT PART OF GOLF DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE THE MOST?
I like to practice all parts of the game, but if I had to choose just one, it would be chipping. I think you can be the most creative when chipping.
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT GOLF?
When I don't play as well as I could have.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLUB?
My Scotty Cameron Putter
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD?
Pebble Beach/ Pinehurst/ Torrey Pines - Sorry can't pick just one! Have only played Pinehurst but have walked Pebble and Torrey before.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN GOLF SO FAR?
Getting to Augusta National for DCP National Finals
HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN A USGA OR PGA OF AMERICA EVENT? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S), WHEN, AND HOW DID YOU DO?
IMG Junior World Championships 2022 & 2019. In 2022 I placed 6th overall (2nd best American). FCG Callaway National Championship- Winner 2021. US Kids World Championships 2019-2022 (Best Finish 2022, 15th). 2-time Pepsi Little Peoples Champion. US Kids State Championships (Midwest State Champion X2, N California State Champion). 6-time Colorado Player of the Year- US Kids. I have Won over 60 golf tournaments.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER JUNIORS PARTICIPATING IN DCP WHO ARE TRYING TO REACH THE NATIONAL FINALS?
Have fun and don't get down on yourself when you make a bad shot.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT?
I like that it is different than a normal golf tournament. There is much more pressure to do well on every shot.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM YOUR LOCAL, SUBREGIONAL OR REGIONAL QUALIFIERS:
After hitting all three of my chips inside 2ft at regional qualifying I was so happy. Last year I got my first two chips inside 2ft. and got so excited I lost my concentration and thinned the last shot. My family was so happy for me that I get to go to Augusta. knowing that I made it this year, and I get to play on the 18th green where so many champions have played!
HAVE YOU TRIED TO QUALIFY FOR DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT IN THE PAST? IF SO, PLEASE LIST EACH YEAR AND YOUR PREVIOUS RESULTS:
2021 was my first year participating in DCP. I made it to regionals and got 3rd place.
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 just missed getting to Augusta last year so watching the DCP finals on TV inspired me to work even harder this year.
LIST FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST – DRIVING, CHIPPING, PUTTING:
Chipping, Putting, Driving
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE MASTERS BEFORE? IF SO, WHEN?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MASTERS MEMORY? U.S. OPEN OR U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN MEMORY? PGA CHAMPIONSHIP OR WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP MEMORY?
Justin Thomas winning the PGA Championship in a Playoff. Watching Tiger Woods win the Masters.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY WATCHING GOLF ON TV?
Watching myself on Golf Channel for DCP.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Arnold Palmer because he is one of the greatest golfers to ever play, and we share the same birthday. My family has called me the King since I was born.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Anna Nordquist because she is an awesome golfer and plays with the same headcovers as I do.
WHO IS THE COOLEST PLAYER IN GOLF, AND WHY?
Justin Thomas because I love the way he handles himself on the course and pulls off amazing shots when he needs to.
HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED WITH SOMEONE FAMOUS? IF SO, WHO? PLEASE DESCRIBE THE CIRCUMSTANCES:
Not yet. Whenever you're ready JT!
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO PLAY GOLF WITH A DREAM FOURSOME, WHO WOULD THE OTHER THREE PEOPLE BE?
Arnold Palmer, Justin Thomas, & Rory Mcllroy. Dad gets to caddie
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS AS IT RELATES TO GOLF? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE:
Bring a lucky ball marker to every tournament.
DO YOU PLAY ANY GOLF VIDEO GAMES? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S)?
Golden Tee, XBOX Tiger Woods
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE AT YOUR CHAMPIONS DINNER AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?
Steak, Cesar Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Broccoli, Diet Dr. Pepper, & a Chocolate cake with a cherry on top
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:
FAVORITE SCHOOL TEACHER:
Mrs. Mendenhall and Dad
FAVORITE SPORT (OTHER THAN GOLF):
Soccer to play and Football to watch
The Short Game
FAVORITE SINGER / MUSIC GROUP:
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
American Ninja Warrior
DESCRIBE ANY TALENTS OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GOLF:
I really enjoy playing chess and other board games. I love to bird watch and exploring nature. We play soccer and tennis when we are not golfing. I really enjoy coloring and drawing/designing new golf courses.
HERO / ROLE MODEL(S):
Arnold Palmer is a hero/role model of mine. He was one of the best golfers to ever play. He gave back so much to the game of golf and the people around him. When I grow up, I want to be just like King Arnold Palmer!
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Treat others how you want to be treated
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Play on the PGA Tour and win Major Championships
I am a 9-year-old who loves my family and loves to play golf. I am kind, generous, funny, and hard working. I think I am a great big brother. I really enjoying traveling with my family and getting to explore new places. I am so excited for the opportunity to play at Augusta National. Thank you!