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Rules and Regulations


Eligibility

  1. Drive, Chip and Putt is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions in four age categories: 7-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old.
  2. Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the National Finals on Sunday, April, 3, 2022.
  3. Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 3, 2022, and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Please note: a player may participate in local, subregional and regional qualifying if he/she is 6 years old provided that he/she turn 7 years old on or before April 3, 2022. A 15 year old who will turn 16 years of age on or before April 3, 2022 is not eligible to participate.
  4. All participants will be expected to show proof of age should they advance to regional qualifying. Failure to provide a birth certificate or proper form of age verification for the regional qualifier will result in that participant being ineligible to compete.
  5. Participants may register to compete in only one local qualifier. Competing in more than one local qualifier will result in the automatic disqualification of that participant.
  6. The guardian or parent, via online signature at registration, agrees to submit a release of liability, which is required prior to participation. Participation constitutes permission to use competitor's name and likeness for any necessary purpose without compensation.
  7. All competitors must conform to the  USGA Rules of Amateur Status. Participation in Drive, Chip and Putt will in no way affect a competitor’s amateur status.
  8. The player’s clubs and golf balls must conform with the requirements set forth in the Rules of Golf. The optional restrictions under Section 8 of the Model Local Rules requiring that the driver the player carries is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads, the ball the player plays is named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls, and the player's clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010 are NOT in effect. However, new models of irons, wedges, hybrids and fairway woods manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 must conform to the current groove and punch mark specifications.


Entries

  1. Parents/guardians are required to complete the entry form on behalf of participants. All entry applications must be submitted online at the Drive, Chip and Putt website. Entries by telephone, mail or facsimile will not be accepted.
  2. Only one entry may be filed by a parent/guardian per participant. Officials reserve the right to disqualify any participant if more than one entry is submitted for that participant.
  3. Local qualifying participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee reserves the right to adjust the total number of registrants per site.
  4. Should a player advance through local qualifying, the subregional and regional qualifying sites will be 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.
  5. Entry applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. EDT on the date five (5) days prior to the local qualifier. Late applications will be automatically rejected.
  6. On-site registration is not permitted.
  7. The time limit for entries means time of receipt to the Drive, Chip and Putt website, not the time entry is transmitted to the website. Entries should be submitted early to allow ample time for delay or error in transmission. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the Drive, Chip and Putt website will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.
  8. A parent/guardian wishing to change a qualifying site/date or withdraw from a qualifier should login to his or her account at  www.drivechipandputt.com. If you are unable to make the necessary changes, please contact  info@drivechipandputt.com.
  9. Participants that fail to withdraw prior to the day of the competition will be marked with the designation "Did Not Show". Youths marked with this designation will be ineligible to participate until the next qualifying season. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee reserves the right to change a participant’s designation.
  10. There is no entry fee for Drive, Chip and Putt.


Schedule of Competition

Drive, Chip and Putt will be conducted in four stages:

Local Qualifying: Generally conducted throughout May, June and July in all 50 states.

Subregional Qualifying: Generally conducted throughout July and August at approximately 60 sites.

Regional Qualifying: Generally conducted throughout September and October at 10 sites.

National Finals: To be conducted the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.

  1. Typically, from each local qualifier, the top three overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the subregional qualifying level of the competition. Participants who qualify for a subregional competition must compete at the location in which they are assigned.
  2. The subregional competition is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the local competition.
  3. From each subregional qualifier, the top two overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the regional qualifying level of the competition. Participants who qualify for a regional competition must compete at the location at which they are assigned.
  4. The regional competition is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the subregional competition.
  5. From each regional qualifier, the overall champion in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age categories will advance to the National Finals to be held the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.
  6. The National Finals is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the regional competition.
  7. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee reserves the right to adjust the total number of participants that advance per qualifying site.


Scoring & Competing

  1. Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip and Putt). Participants will attempt three shots per skill, for a total of nine shots.
  2. Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of points in an individual skill will be declared the winner of the skill in his or her age category. The participant with the highest point total in all three skills combined will be declared the overall champion of his or her age category.
  3. Ties in the individual skills will be broken by first comparing the point values for each participant's third attempt in the skill, then the second attempt and finally the first attempt, if necessary. If the participants are still tied, they will share the appropriate place.
  4. At local and subregional qualifying, ties in the overall competition will be broken by first comparing the cumulative point total of all three putt attempts. If the cumulative putt point total is the same, compare the point values for each participant's third putt attempt, then second putt attempt and finally the first putt attempt, if necessary. If the tie is still not broken, repeat the same process by using the chip skill next, and finally the drive skill, if necessary. If the participants are still tied, they will share the appropriate place.
  5. At regional qualifying, in the case of a tie in the overall score, a playoff shall commence to determine the player advancing to the National Finals. This playoff shall include a single stroke at each of the skills (Drive, Chip and Putt).
  6. Use of a putter is not allowed for competition in the chip skill. Competitors may only use a lofted iron or wood club for this skill. A “chipper” club is considered an approved club for the chip skill.
  7. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee, its agents and subordinate organizers, reserve the right to modify competition setup at any time. As in golf, participants are expected to have the ability to adjust to playing conditions as necessary.
  8. For example, the driving grid may contain slopes, doglegs, areas of rough, bunkers or immovable obstructions. The chip skill may be played from grass cut to fairway or rough height and from a distance other than 10-15 yards. The putting skill may be setup to include putts that are straight, uphill, downhill or that break in either direction.
Local, Subregional, & Regional Scoring

All scoring will be based on a 25-point-per-shot basis, with each participant taking three shots per skill. Each participant will accumulate points per shot in all three skills (maximum of 75 points per skill = 25 points per shot x 3). The overall champion in each age category will be determined by the participant with the most points accumulated between all three skills (maximum of 225 points = 75 points per skill x 3).

  • 40-yard wide grid - all shots must come to rest in the grid to score points.
  • Flags, lines, ropes or signs indicate boundaries on both sides of the grid.
  • A ball coming to rest on a boundary line is considered in bounds.
  • A ball coming to rest on a scoring line will be scored in the longer of the two scoring grids.
  • In the event of a tie, the participant's third drive will serve as a tiebreaker (followed by the second drive and then first drive, if necessary). If a tie still exists, the participants share the appropriate place.

Point System for All Ages

PointsDistancePointsDistance
125 yards or less14190-200 yards
225-50 yards15200-210 yards
350-75 yards16210-220 yards
475-100 yards17220-230 yards
5100-110 yards18230-240 yards
6110-120 yards19240-250 yards
7120-130 yards20250-260 yards
8130-140 yards21260-270 yards
9140-150 yards22270-280 yards
10150-160 yards23280-290 yards
11160-170 yards24290-300 yards
12170-180 yards25300+ yards
13180-190 yards
  • Each participant will attempt three chips at the scoring hole. All chips will be measured from the center of the hole with clearly marked scoring rings.
  • A ball coming to rest on a scoring line will be scored in the higher of the two point rings.
  • In the event of a tie, the participant’s third chip will serve as a tie breaker (followed by the second chip and then first chip, if necessary). If a tie still exists, the participants share the appropriate place.

Point System for All Ages

PointsDistance
1A ball finishing more than 10' from the hole
2A ball finishing 8' – 10' from the hole
5A ball finishing 6' – 8' from the hole
10A ball finishing 4' – 6' from the hole
15A ball finishing 2' – 4' from the hole
20A ball finishing 2' or nearer to the hole
25Ball Holed
  • Each participant will attempt one putt from each distance (6', 15' and 30'). Putts will be measured from the center of the hole with clearly marked scoring rings.
  • A ball coming to rest on a scoring line will be scored in the higher of the two point rings.
  • In the event of a tie, the participant’s third putt will serve as a tie breaker (followed by the second putt and then first putt, if necessary). If a tie still exists, the participants share the appropriate place.

Point System for All Ages

PointsDistance
1A ball finishing more than 5' from the hole
2A ball finishing 4' – 5' from the hole
5A ball finishing 3' – 4' from the hole
10A ball finishing 2' – 3' from the hole
15A ball finishing 1' – 2' from the hole
20A ball finishing 1' or nearer to the hole
25Ball Holed

National Finals Scoring

There will be 10 finalists in the boys division and 10 finalists in the girls division in each of the four age groups, for a total of 80 participants in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.

  • 40-yard fairway width, length from 75 yards to 325 yards.
  • A ball coming to rest on a boundary line is considered in bounds.
  • Laser measuring devices will be used to determine accurate distances.
  • Each player will have two drives to record his or her longer distance drive that remains in bounds.
  • The player in each age group/division with the longest drive will receive 10 points and be declared the winner of the Driving Competition. The player with the second-longest distance will receive 9 points, all the way down to 1 point.
  • In the event of a tie for first place overall, the winner will be determined by a playoff drive. All other ties will have points combined and split.
  • Laser measuring devices will be used to determine accurate distances.
  • Each player will chip twice, and his or her cumulative distance from the hole will be recorded.
  • The player in each age group/division with the closest cumulative distance from the hole will receive 10 points and be declared the winner of the Chip Competition. The player with the second-closest cumulative distance from the hole will receive 9 points, all the way down to 1 point.
  • In the event of a tie for first place overall, the winner will be determined by a playoff chip. All other ties will have points combined and split.
  • Laser measuring devices will be used to determine accurate distances.
  • Each player will attempt a putt from approximately 15’ and 30’ and will record his or her cumulative distance from each hole.
  • The player in each age group/division with the closest cumulative distance after the two putts will receive 10 points and be declared the winner of the Putt Competition. The player with the second-closest cumulative distance from the hole will receive 9 points, all the way down to 1 point.
  • In the event of a tie for first place overall, the winner will be determined by a playoff putt. All other ties will have points combined and split.


Gifts & Prizes

Gifts and prizes for participants will be awarded as follows:

Gifts

Local Qualifying:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed valuables pouch.

Subregional Qualifying:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed hat and golf towel.

Regional Qualifying:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed canteen and valuables tote.

National Finals:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed golf shirt and matching cap along with a bag tag, as well as Monday Practice Round tickets for their immediate family at the 2022 Masters Tournament.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded at each level of the competition to individual skill champions as well as overall champions for boys and girls in each age category.

Local Qualifying:

  1. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each skill

Subregional Qualifying:

  1. Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each skill

Regional Qualifying:

  1. Gold, silver and bronze medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each skill

National Finals:

  1. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Medals for 1st place in each skill


Miscellaneous

  1. Local, subregional and regional competitions are held rain or shine. In the case of dangerous or unplayable weather conditions, after every effort is made to complete the competition, the host PGA Section staff must cancel and reschedule the event. The decision to cancel rests solely in the hands of the host organization.
  2. If your qualifier is cancelled, call the host organization for details regarding the rescheduled date and time.
  3. All efforts will be made to complete the National Finals on Sunday, April 3, 2022. If inclement weather necessitates an adjustment of the competition, the Drive Chip and Putt Executive Committee will determine the proper competitive option for completing the event.
  4. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee, its agents and subordinate organizers, reserve the right to rule and make any recommendations regarding the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition that they feel are beneficial to the continuance of the program. All decisions are final.
  5. Participation constitutes permission to use competitor’s name and likeness for any necessary purpose without compensation.
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