Teen mates win children competitors at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Ali Mulhall and Yana Wilson are greatest mates from Henderson, Nevada. The teenage ladies have lots in widespread, particularly that they are higher at golf than most individuals.

And so they’ve obtained trophies to show it.

They had been two of the eight champions on the Drive, Chip & Putt Nationwide Finals at Augusta Nationwide on Sunday, a day when 80 children obtained to take six swings — two in every class — and end on the identical 18th inexperienced that can see a Masters champion topped subsequent weekend.

Mulhall received the ladies 14-15 age division, Wilson the 12-13 division. Wilson was halfway by her competitors when she pulled out a rangefinder and centered on the enormous scoreboard that overlooks the 18th inexperienced at Augusta.

She gasped when she noticed that Mulhall had received.

“I could not let her win alone,” Wilson mentioned.

So, she nestled each her 15- and 30-foot putt alternatives shut sufficient to complete off her second consecutive nationwide finals victory. She additionally received at Augusta in 2019; final 12 months’s competitors was referred to as off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Truthfully, I had no expectations going into this,” Wilson mentioned. “However to repeat is simply wonderful.”

Drive, Chip & Putt accomplished a precursor to Masters week the place children and younger girls’s novice gamers obtained to compete on the course that almost all different golfers can solely dream about attending to play. Japanese teenager Tsubasa Kajitani beat Emilia Migliaccio with a par on the 18th gap in a playoff to win the ladies’s novice on Saturday, breaking down in tears after the victory.

Wilson has yet another 12 months of Drive, Chip & Putt left. Then, she hopes, she’s within the girls’s novice at Augusta — and that Mulhall is correct beside her when it occurs.

“We each will enjoying hopefully within the final group at some point,” Wilson mentioned. “I feel it’s going to be the perfect time of our life.”

Different Drive, Chip & Putt champions topped Sunday included Elyse Meerdink of Tampa, Florida (ladies 10-11), Alexis Card of Cambridge, Ontario (ladies 7-9), Lucas Bernstein of Fresno, California (boys 7-9), Brady Barnum of Dublin, Ohio (boys 10-11), Sam Udovich of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota (boys 12-13) and Jaivir Pande of Houston (boys 14-15).

“We’re excited to see all the grins on their faces,” Augusta Nationwide Chairman Fred Ridley mentioned.

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