What's Drive, Chip And Putt?

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I'm the first one to acknowledge, I know as much about golf, as Bruce Bowen does about playing clean basketball. I am the world's worst player and attempt the game only once a year, each summer at the Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament.

I enter only out of my tremendous respect for Jack. But, by the horrendous way I play, he might believe I'm disrespecting his memory. Last summer at the memorial tournament, a pair of true duffers, Jimbo Armstrong and Roy George Haught, were in the foursome behind ours.

Compared to any drives, chips or putts I might have attempted, Jimbo and Roy George looked like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

With the summer golf season now upon us and links talk dominating the sports scene, I was intrigued by a youth tournament I recently learned about. It is called "Drive, Chip and Putt" and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha and The Golf Channel.

Now, I know plenty about Punt, Pass and Kick and Pitch, Hit and Run, but little about the golf competition.

Since three local youth, Blake Cannon, Tyler Apps and Jordan Henderson recently did well in it, I set a goal to learn more about the competition.

For those interested in entering any upcoming events, here are the rules:

Drives

Each competitor gets two drives.

In order for the drive to be scored, it must come to rest within the 40-yard-wide fairway.

The longer of the two drives that stays within the fairway boundary will be scored.

Drives landing outside the 40-yard-wide fairway will not be counted.

Competitors may choose any club, except his or her putter and may use their own equipment or that which is provided.

For female competitors, 20 yards will be added to the longest drive.

Chips

Each participant gets three chips.

The object of this skill is to hit the ball close to the pin.

Points are awarded for proximity to the hole.

A virtual dartboard will be created with four concentric circles "pre-marked" on the green with diameters in two-foot increments, approximately 10 to 18 paces from the pin flag to the chipping area. A point value will be applied to the area around the four circles.

Point values are as follows: 10 points for chipping the ball in the hole; 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points will be awarded, moving away from the hole.

Participants can earn between 3 and 30 points.

In the event of a tie, the third chip will count as a tiebreaker.

Putts

Each contestant gets two putts: 5-feet and 15-feet.

The object of this skill is to make both putts in as few strokes as possible, with a maximum of four strokes per hole.

As a tiebreaker, the distance from the hole (in inches) after the first putt on the 15-footer will be measured.

Wow, the competition must be fun for the younger set and winners get a trip to Orlando, Fla.

If a similar competition was held for old geezers, I know I'd be in the running for a prize, possibly shortest drive, maybe least improved or, possibly, most eights and nines.

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