It doesn’t come with a Green Jacket.
But lifting a trophy at Augusta National, well, that’s pretty darn special.
And that’s the experience P.J. Maybank of Cheboygan, Mich., got to experience Sunday, winning the boys’ 12-13 division at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals. Maybank, standing out in a purple shirt, pink belt and mismatched-colored shoes, became the first kid from Michigan to win at the event, in its fifth year.
Among 10 finalists, Maybank took second in the driving portion (average of 237.7 yards), and second in the putting, while taking fourth in the chipping.
Maybank edged Treed Huang, of Katy, Texas.
Maybank qualified for the DCP, held at the site of the Masters, by winning the Upper Midwest Region. He was presented his trophy by former Masters champion Mark O'Meara.
Josh Lavely, of Kewadin, Mich., took second in the boys 14-15 division, winning the driving (266.2 yards) and chipping portions. Lavely finished tied in regulation with Brendan Valdes, of Orlando, Fla., and in a playoff, Valdes won by lagging a 15-foot putt to 1 foot, 2 inches.
Clarkston’s Georgia Bosart took third in the girls 10-11 division, and Okemos’ Allison Cui fourth in the girls 12-13 division.
Lavely was presented his trophy by Ben Crashaw, and Bosart by Trevor Immelman and Gary Player.
The Drive, Chip and Putt is a collaboration by the Msaters, PGA of America and United States Golf Association. There are 200 local qualifiers, and the competition then continues to sub-regionals and regionals, before the finals at Augusta.
On Saturday night, all participants attended a banquet, and received a visit from 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia.