Medina , MN
Age: 12 - 13
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 CompletedHastings, MN 55033Jul 28, 2022
Sub-Regional QualifierEvent CompletedStillwater, MN 55082Aug 16, 2022
Regional QualifierEvent CompletedCastle Rock, CO 80108Sep 18, 2022
NAME AND LOCATION OF SCHOOL:
Wayzata Central Middle School, Plymouth, MN
GRADE IN SCHOOL:
HOME GOLF COURSE AND LOCATION:
Splits time between Rush Creek Golf Club and Medina Golf & Country Club
PLAY GOLF RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED:
AGE STARTED PLAYING GOLF:
I was 5 years old when I took my first golf class at Rush Creek Golf Club.
LOWEST SCORE SHOT (9 AND/OR 18 HOLES):
80 (18 holes), 39 (9 holes)
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GOLF?
My parents signed me up for my first golf class at Rush Creek Golf Club when I was about 5 years old. The instructors at Rush Creek made learning the game of golf so much fun. I was hooked!
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO GOLF?
WHO DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY GOLF WITH?
WHO IS YOUR GOLF INSTRUCTOR?
Aaron Jacobson (Rush Creek Golf Club)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING GOLF?
I enjoy that it can be both an individual and team sport, but unlike many team sports, I am the only person in control of my performance on the course. No two rounds are ever the same. It is a lifelong sport and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
WHAT PART OF GOLF DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE THE MOST?
I love hitting my wedges.
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT GOLF?
Staying focused for the entire 18 holes and not letting a bad shot or hole get me down. For me personally, as a young golfer living in Minnesota, it's challenging because our golf season is so short. I must find ways to practice and keep up my game during the cold and snowy months!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLUB?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD?
Pebble Beach. I was fortunate to be able to play there on my 13th birthday!
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN GOLF SO FAR?
Reaching the Drive, Chip & Putt 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?
I compete on the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf 'Sota Series and US Kids Local Tour
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER JUNIORS PARTICIPATING IN DCP WHO ARE TRYING TO REACH THE NATIONAL FINALS?
Consistency across all three skills is more important that winning any one particular skill.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE?
Not currently, but I have in the past.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT?
It is a fun way to compete against my peers that is different from tournament play. It is a unique opportunity to showcase your skills in three different parts of the game.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM YOUR LOCAL, SUBREGIONAL OR REGIONAL QUALIFIERS:
When I won the regional final at Castle Pines, I actually didn't think I had done that well. I had no idea I was the leader until they called my name as the overall winner. It was such an exciting surprise, and I was lucky to have my mom, dad and sisters all there to see it.
HAVE YOU TRIED TO QUALIFY FOR DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT IN THE PAST? IF SO, PLEASE LIST EACH YEAR AND YOUR PREVIOUS RESULTS:
This was my 4th year participating in DCP, but I have never made it past the local qualifier.
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 have watched it in previous years. Seeing golfers my age compete at such an iconic golf course made me want to get to the National Finals even more!
LIST FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST – DRIVING, CHIPPING, PUTTING:
Putting, Chipping, Driving
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE MASTERS BEFORE? IF SO, WHEN?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF ACCESSORY (HAT, HEADCOVER, BALL MARKER, ETC.)?
My Minnesota Gophers Nike Golf Hat.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MASTERS MEMORY? U.S. OPEN OR U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN MEMORY? PGA CHAMPIONSHIP OR WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP MEMORY?
Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa’s back to back chip-ins from the bunker on 18 at the 2022 Masters. Unbelievable!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY WATCHING GOLF ON TV?
Annika Sorenstam’s debut win at the 2021 US Senior Women’s Open. Just two weeks earlier, I had attended her “Share My Passion” girls golf clinic at the 3M Open in Minnesota, so it was extra special to see her win.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Rory McIlroy. He is a great golfer and leader on the PGA Tour who stands up for what he believes in.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Annika Sorenstam. Besides being the GOAT, she has done so much to help further develop the game of golf for women and girls like me.
WHO IS THE COOLEST PLAYER IN GOLF, AND WHY?
That's a tough question. Most of my friends think golfers are NOT cool. I think one of the coolest players is Collin Morikawa. He is fun to watch and seems to really enjoy interacting with his fans.
HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED WITH SOMEONE FAMOUS? IF SO, WHO? PLEASE DESCRIBE THE CIRCUMSTANCES:
Kevin Kaesviharn, former NFL defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is my friend's dad, so I often play golf with him and my dad. Usually, the loser has to do push-ups!
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO PLAY GOLF WITH A DREAM FOURSOME, WHO WOULD THE OTHER THREE PEOPLE BE?
Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam, Tiger Woods
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS AS IT RELATES TO GOLF? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE:
Every night before golf tournaments, I listen to "The Gardens of Golf" by Henry Strozier on my phone. On the course, I always use the same tees from one of my home courses.
DO YOU PLAY ANY GOLF VIDEO GAMES? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S)?
PGA 2K21 and Mario Super Golf
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE AT YOUR CHAMPIONS DINNER AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?
Sushi rolls, Arnie Palmers and brownies a la mode.
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:
FAVORITE SCHOOL TEACHER:
Mr. Eicheldinger - Language Arts (He calls himself Rory McIlroy’s doppelgänger!)
FAVORITE SPORT (OTHER THAN GOLF):
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! We even named my Goldendoodle Griswold.
FAVORITE SINGER / MUSIC GROUP:
I like all kinds of music from country to pop, but I have been a Cole Swindell fan for many years.
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
Get Organized by The Home Edit!
DESCRIBE ANY TALENTS OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GOLF:
Volleyball, Travel and Reading
HERO / ROLE MODEL(S):
Sarah Burnham, former LPGA player. She trained at the same golf course where I train, and helped with classes when I was starting out. She showed me that a girl from Minnesota can make it to the highest levels of golf!
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
If you work hard you can accomplish anything! I think the best piece of golf-related advice I received was from Annika Sorenstam who said "don't think in the play box".
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Professional Golfer, Lawyer or Interior Designer
I am a hard worker. Balancing school, sports and social life is important to me. I love shopping, traveling to new places and hanging out with friends and family.