Destin's Hurt Bound for Augusta

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Destin, FL---Junior golfer Chase Hurt is getting the opportunity of a lifetime.

He's bound for Augusta National Golf Club Sunday, where he'll be competing in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition on some of golf's most sacred ground.

Chase was just 12 years old the first time he ever picked up a golf club.

"Well about two and a half years ago I went out with my friend and played 9 holes, and I just decided to play it," says Hurt. "It was pretty cool, I mean I was just playing for fun, and I liked it."

Now 15, he's quickly becoming a rising star in the junior ranks.

One day watching the Golf Channel, he heard about the competition, created in collaboration with the Masters Tournament Foundation, the PGA of America, and the United State Golf Association, and decided to give it a try.

"In Tallahassee they were having this competition, you hit three drives, three putts, three chips. And you get scored on how close you hit it and how far you hit it. And I got second place in Tallahassee. And then I went to Orlando and I did the exact same thing, but won it, and so now I get to go to Augusta."

Chase plays a week before the green jacket will be awarded to one of his PGA heroes he'll get to watch at Monday's practice round.

"I've actually never been to a pro golf tournament so that's my first time. It's a lifetime opportunity to go and hopefully winning it will be awesome. But just going will be really cool."

In a sport that demands patience, Chase's humility and desire is leading his way to success.

"Just knowing that if you work hard it will pay off sooner or later, and hopefully it will pay off soon."

Chase competes with 87 others Sunday, and that competition airs with five hours of live coverage on the Golf Channel. Coverage begins at 7 AM central.

Golfers as young as seven and as old as 15 will be broken up into four age groups (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15).

The driving portion will see each golfer hit two drives on a fairway 30 yards wide. Whoever hits it the furthest and in-bounds will be awarded with 11 points. The second furthest drive receives 10 points. The point totals continue to follow the pattern until last place receives one point.

The pitching competition takes place in two different spots, where the golfers attempts will be measured in terms of how close they are to the hole. The scoring system follows the same system as the driving portion.

The putting challenge will take place on Augusta National's 18th green. The competition consists of the golfers taking three attempts from six feet, 15 feet, and 30 feet away from the cup. Total distance will be added up after the three attempts.

Whoever has the highest combined score out of a potential 33 points will be declared the winner of the age group.

In the event of a tie, a one-putt playoff will determine a winner.


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