|PHS freshman places 8th at national golf competition|
|Monday, April 17, 2017|
Pattonville High School freshman Momo Kikuchi tied for eighth in her age group at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2. She also won the putting portion of the competition for her age group (Female 14-15). The competition, which aired live on the Golf Channel, is a joint initiative of the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America. Only the 80 top performers in qualifying events across the nation go on to compete at the event.
The Drive, Chip and Putt competition is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. The competition is open to boys and girls ages ages 7-15. Youth participate in separate divisions in four age categories. Local qualifying events take place throughout all 50 states, with top performers at the local level advancing through subregional and regional qualifiers at some of the country’s best championship venues. The top 40 boys and 40 girls earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on the eve of the annual Masters Tournament.
In her freshman year at Pattonville this fall, Kikuchi placed 11th in the state for girls golf and was named All-Conference First Team. Last summer, she was the champion in her age group at the Gateway PGA's 18-Hole Final Championship tournament. In the spring of 2015, Kikuchi was chosen by the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Golf Committee to receive one of its inaugural Jay Randolph Achievement Awards for her championship play as a St. Louis area amateur golfer in 2014. The award was established to honor the very best amateur youth playing the game of golf in St. Louis.
Find out more:
Golf Channel feature article on Kikuchi
Kikuchi's bio on the national Drive, Chip and Putt's website