Alas, my dear, precious little 8 year old will not be taking a trip to the Masters next year. Nalani competed at the Southern California Regional Drive, Chip & Putt Championships this past weekend at Morongo Golf Course, Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont.
She hit 3 perfectly straight drives running under 140 Yards scoring 8 points each. I promise you, they were perfectly straight. She then made 2 of the 3 putts scoring a total of 65 points (75 being the maximum score). But, she struggled with the chipping. She hit 3 very good chips, they all landed within the circle to score, but didn’t score enough points giving her only 12 points. In the end, she scored higher for both drive & putting than the winner but couldn’t deliver the points needed in chipping.
I wrote a previous post titled Nerves of Steel. Nalani was composed the entire time and we tried our best not to put pressure on her. She did however know that Augusta (confused with Alaska by Nalani) was on the line. And, she wanted to win.
For someone so young, she is capable of saving Par on holes with her chips on and 1-putts. But, hasn’t mastered the chip with a tap in which is what needs to be done to win competitions like the Drive, Chip & Putt.
At the end of a long day (as you can see from the dark photos, we finished pretty late in the evening) Nalani was awarded 3 medals: 1st for Putting, 2nd for Drive and 3rd Overall. We are very proud of her!
How do you read speed for a chip? Do you prefer a low shot that rolls or the nice high shot with less roll? Please do share.