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At Silverton, we consider all the financial factors affecting your mortgage.  We don’t believe one size fits all – we help you strike the perfect balance between product & pricing, so you can finance your home with confidence knowing we’ve got this! This balance, along with superior personal service and communication throughout the entire process, is why branch manager, Holly Lott, and her team are one of the leading mortgage lenders in Augusta, Georgia.

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As leaders in the legal real estate industry, dating back to the year 1916, Hull Barrett, PC has the knowledge and expertise to provide a variety of clients with the highest level of service. Our many years of experience, coupled with a team approach, cutting-edge technology, and personalized service, assure our clients of cost effective, comprehensive legal counsel in all matters pertaining to real property transactions including residential and commercial closings, financing, leasing, and development. Our lawyers are both experienced and highly qualified to handle all such transactions in both an expedient and cost competitive manner. Residential Real Estate: Hull Barrett specializes in residential real estate in both Georgia and South Carolina, including residential closings, leasing, development, 1031 tax free exchanges, and title insurance. Our real estate attorneys collectively concentrate the firm’s practice on all aspects of residential closings representing the interests of lenders, buyers, sellers, builders, and developers. Commercial Real Estate: At Hull Barrett we also concentrate on the various issues unique to the commercial real estate industry, to include all aspects of commercial transactions for lenders, purchasers, sellers, and developers from contract to closing. The firm’s attorneys are also certified and approved to handle Small Business Association (SBA) loans. In conjunction with many such commercial closings, we also handle all issues relating to commercial leasing from tenant or landlord representation, creation of commercial lease construction, negotiation of lease terms, as well as assignments and sublease agreements.

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Gardelle Lewis, Jr.

Real Estate

• Vice-President Meybohm Realtors
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Silverton Mortgage

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At Silverton, we consider all the financial factors affecting your mortgage.  We don’t believe one size fits all – we help you strike the perfect balance between product & pricing, so you can finance your home with confidence knowing we’ve got this! This balance, along with superior personal service and communication throughout the entire process, is why branch manager, Holly Lott, and her team are one of the leading mortgage lenders in Augusta, Georgia.

3520 Walton Way Ext | Suite B Augusta, GA 30909



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Street Smart

In The Home
Photography by Sally Kolar

Photography by Sally Kolar

A golf-loving West Lake man and his wife made a wise choice when they found a home to raise their two young sons 

West Lake residents Rebecca and Brooks Blumenthal know a good opportunity when they see it. And when they learned they were expecting their second son three-and-a-half years ago, the couple, who lived on Pebble Beach Drive, weighed their options to accommodate their growing family.

They wanted a playroom and a larger kitchen, so they thought about remodeling or adding onto their existing home. After all, Rebecca and Brooks, a senior project manager for McKnight Construction, had remodeled three houses and built two from scratch. However, a “for sale by owner” sign in front of another home in the neighborhood prodded them to take another direction. Brooks, who grew up in West Lake, knew the owners of the house, and the location was perfect. 

“I love this street,” he says. “It’s my favorite street in West Lake. All of the neighbors are so friendly, and there is a nice of mix of ages on this street.” 

They fell in love with the house as well.

“The house needed a little tender loving care, but it felt real homey,” Rebecca says. “The original owners raised a family here. We could tell that good memories were made here.”

Back-Porch-Table-CloseupMemories of Their Own
The Blumenthals were excited about making their own memories with their sons, Reynolds, 5, and Bo, 4, in their new home. They started efforts to remodel the house to fit the needs of their family, and it took them six weeks to remodel the whole house before they moved in. “We ripped everything out – the cabinets, floors and light fixtures,” says Brooks.

They have continued to tweak their home, adding more built-ins in the house every year or so.

“The built-ins are timeless, and it helps brighten up the room more than a stand-alone piece of furniture,” says Brooks.

“And I like the storage,” Rebecca adds.

They added built-in bookcases to the family room and covered the previously stained wainscoting on the walls with white paint. They also replaced the tiles on the fireplace surround with brick pavers. They removed the door to the wet bar, which features a marble countertop and a mirror with a frame.

With two energetic young boys in the house, stain-resistant fabric on the family room furniture is essential. A cow painting on slats of wood hangs on one wall, adding a bit of whimsy to the room, and birch logs fill a basket by the fireplace. The room also features double doors, topped by transom windows, that lead to the porch and an outdoor kitchen.

 Family-Room-1The hardwood flooring in the family room extends into the hallway, office and dining room.

Rebecca, a former fourth grade and kindergarten teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School who now teaches half-day kindergarten, and Brooks both use the office. The previous owners used the space as a formal living room in the 1980s. Now, however, the office doubles as a sitting room where the boys watch TV while their parents work. A cabinet is filled with hand-blown glasses from Spain, which belonged to Rebecca’s grandmother. Brooks is a hunter, and a couple of European skull mounts hang on the wall above a built-in desk.

A 1960s black and white photo of Blumenthal’s, a clothing store that Brooks’ father ran in Greensboro, North Carolina, hangs on a wall in the office. A quartet of framed photos of buildings that Brooks built – including the Georgia Southern University library, which opened in 2007 – hangs on another wall. Georgia Southern holds a special place in the couple’s hearts – Rebecca is a native of Statesboro, and they met while they were undergraduates at the university. The office also includes a ceiling fan, recessed lights and a built-in desk.

STREET SMARTAcross the entryway, the dining room has a farmhouse table with a bench on one side and an upholstered chair on each end. The china cabinet showcases the china that belonged to Brooks’ parents. Beads are woven into the chandelier, and a tobacco basket hangs on the wall.

The kitchen flooring includes tiles of different sizes, a garage for small appliances, Quartzite countertops, a backsplash of white subway tiles and a farmhouse sink. They switched the positions of the stove and the sink.

“We redid everything in the kitchen,” says Rebecca. “We expanded the peninsula and added the light fixtures above it. I like to look out into the yard when I’m at the sink.”

The trilogy of Masters cookbooks is sandwiched between bookends on a countertop. “I love the ham tetrazzini recipe,” Rebecca says. “I make it all the time.”

The breakfast nook features a bay window, and a wooden pig lamp with a checkered shade sits on a table against a wall. Rebecca always leaves homemade goat’s milk soaps with masculine scents as well as Masters cake pops for their tournament guests on the breakfast nook table.

Master-Bedroom-1The master bedroom includes a trey ceiling and a ceiling fan. The Blumenthals replaced the carpet with hardwood flooring, and one of Rebecca’s college friends painted the three acrylics on the wall. They also added built-ins in the master bedroom last fall.

“The built-ins give us tons of storage, and the room feels bigger now that we don’t have a dresser or chest of drawers,” Rebecca says.

The adjoining master bath features a bay window, Quartzite countertops, a stand-alone tub, a walk-in shower and a bay window. The porcelain floor includes a porcelain tile rug, and soffit lighting illuminates the room.

“It gives the room a clean look, and it provides better lighting than wall sconces,” says Rebecca.

The soffit lighting was in the house before, but the Blumenthals shifted it to line up with the two sinks. “We redid the whole vanity,” Rebecca says. 

Livable and Fun
The Blumenthals replaced all the windows in the house, and the roof was new when they moved in. When they remodeled the house, Brooks took care of the electrical, plumbing and HVAC work while Rebecca added the finishing touches. “She’s good. I love her taste,” says Brooks.

Rebecca found most of their furnishings and accessories at a family-run furniture store in Brooklet, Georgia near Statesboro.

“It’s a hidden treasure,” Brooks says. “It’s the size of a Walmart, and it is full of furniture of different tastes. The owner rides around the place on a bicycle.”

The only accessory in the house that he picked out is the crystal chandelier in the two-story foyer, but he put his other talents to good use. Brooks also did the trim work in the house and added the screened-in porch and covered outdoor kitchen. 

“We use every bit of the house. We wanted to make it fun and livable,” says Brooks, whose mother and brother also live in West Lake. “Of course, there are usually Legos and Hot Wheels everywhere.”

Back-PorchThe porch is framed with cedar wood, and exposed tongue-and-groove pine decking is tucked between the cedar rafters. The stone fireplace features a mantel that is made of a piece of reclaimed wood. “It gives it a rustic look,” Brooks says.

The screened-in porch also has a stained concrete floor, strands of lights along the ceiling, a lantern light fixture and wicker furnishings.

“The porch is simple, but it’s functional,” Brooks says. “It added another room to the house. With the shades and the ceiling fans, we can use it year-round.”

Kitchen-1The outdoor kitchen includes two ceiling fans, a Green Egg, a refrigerator, a sink, two burners and stained cement flooring.

“There was so much brick already,” Rebecca says. “We use the kitchen a lot because we’re always outside.”

“It makes the boys feel like every meal is a party out here,” says Brooks. “Every day can be a holiday if you want it to be. It’s not easy. You’ve got to work for things, but life can be as happy as you make it.”

The Blumenthals also did some fortuitous work to their property. Two months before the ice storm of 2014, they removed about 28 trees – 16 in the front and 12 in the back – from their yard.

Open-Gate Policy
The Blumenthals also enjoy spending time with their neighbors, who range in age from their early 30s to their mid-70s.

“One thing we like about this house and the lot is we have neighbors on all four sides, but it doesn’t feel like it,” Brooks says. “We added gates on both sides of the fence. We have an open gate policy. The kids go back and forth, and everybody is happy-go-lucky. It’s fun.”

A large playroom in the house gives them plenty of room for fun as well. They added built-ins to the playroom and redid the carpet in the room, which also has two ceiling fans. The couch includes a queen-sized, pullout bed. 

“I told Rebecca that I wanted her to get the biggest couch she could find,” says Brooks. “I could picture the boys and me up here jumping around and pillow fighting. Being the parents of two boys is a neat little club. They’re like thunder and lightning.”

Brooks, who spent his childhood playing golf at West Lake, also started taking his sons to the driving range there at the beginning of last summer.

“I take the boys to the driving range once a week, and they play nine holes with me,” he says. “Bo likes filling in the divots with sand, and they chase the golf cart as much as they ride in it.”

Mostly, though, the boys are homebodies that have a good time wherever they are.

“We like to be outside, but we like it all,” says Brooks of their home. “Our favorite spot is wherever the boys are having fun.” 

By Sarah James

Tournament Tips & Landmarks

Guide to The Masters

Course LandmarksMagnolia Lane – tree-lined main entrance to Augusta National

Founders Circle – two plaques honoring founding members Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones at the base of the flagpole in front of the clubhouse

Crow’s Nest – a cupola atop the clubhouse that provides tournament housing for amateur players 

Oak-TreeBig Oak Tree – a gathering spot for media interviews behind the clubhouse

Rae’s Creek between the 11th and 12th greens 

Hogan Bridge at No. 12 green 

Nelson Bridge at No. 13 tee

Sarazen Bridge at No. 15 green

3.-Landmark--Arnold-Palmer-Plaque-behind-No.-16-teeArnold Palmer Plaque behind No. 16 tee 

Jack Nicklaus Plaque between Nos. 16 and 17

Record Fountain to the left of No. 17 green

Augusta National Golf Club cabins

Ike’s Pond – a spring-fed, 3-acre pond on the Par-3 Course behind Eisenhower Cabin

Par 3 Fountain – adjacent to No. 1 tee on Par 3 course; includes list of Par 3 Contest winners 


Prohibited Items
• Cell phones/cellular-capable devices
• Beepers
• Electronic devices/tablets
• Any device capable of transmitting video
• Backpacks, bags and purses larger than 10” x 10” x 12” (in its natural state)
• Cameras on tournament days*
• Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit)
• Radios/TVs/noise- or music-producing devices
• Two-way or other talk radios
• Folding armchairs/rigid type chairs
• Flags/banners/signs
• Strollers
• Food/beverages/coolers
• Golf shoes with metal spikes
• Ladders/periscopes/selfie sticks

 *Cameras (still photography/personal use only) are allowed at practice rounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Violation of these policies will subject the ticket holder to removal from the grounds and the ticket purchaser to the permanent loss of credentials.

4.-Amenities--Golf-ShopTournament Amenities:

  • Automated teller machines
  • Concession stands
  • First aid stations
  • Golf shops*
  • Information centers
  • Lost and found
  • Merchandise shipping/check stands
  • Message center
  • Pairing sheets with course map and tee times
  • Parking
  • Picnic areas
  • Patron photos (tournament days only)
  • Restrooms
  • Scoring information
  • Spectator guides
  • Telephones
  • Water fountains

* The main golf shop near the practice area has expanded this year.

Autograph Policy
Autograph seeking is only allowed around the practice range and on the Par 3 course during the Par 3 Contest. A No Autograph Policy will be enforced on the golf course for practice and tournament days.

Re-Entry Policy
Patron tickets will be limited to a total of three entries per day. 

Free Masters parking is available at Augusta National Golf Club on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sentimental Journey

Guide to The Masters

1.-Winner-2017-Sergio-GarciaFrom the absence of Arnold Palmer for the first time in 62 years to a major victory for Sergio Garcia at long last, the 2017 Masters Tournament tugged at heartstrings from start to finish 

At the 2017 Masters Tournament, the spirit of winners past loomed large over the competition. The opening round began with a poignant tribute to Arnold Palmer, who died in September 2016, at the honorary starters ceremony, and the final round fell on what would have been the 60th birthday of Spain’s Seve Ballesteros, the two-time Masters champion who died in 2011. The significance of that date was lost on no one, especially since the final round began with Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia in a tie for the lead and in prime position to win his first major title. 

2.-Justin-RoseWhen he was growing up, Garcia said, he idolized Ballesteros and another two-time Masters winner from Spain, José Maria Olazabal.

“I don’t even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters winner,” he said after the third round. 

Just 24 hours and an extra hole later, however, he found out. Garcia, whose career sometimes had been plagued by petulance and self-doubt, bested Justin Rose of England on the first hole of a sudden death playoff for the victory.

He said he thought about Ballesteros several times during the final round. “I’m sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots and some of those putts,” Garcia said. 

4.-Par-3-ContestThe Elements and Emotion
While it took an extra hole to decide the Masters on Sunday, rainy weather made it difficult for players to get in practice holes at the beginning of the week. The Monday practice round was suspended from noon until 1:45 p.m. A tornado watch suspended play for the day about 45 minutes later. Sunshine and balmy temperatures prevailed on Tuesday, but inclement weather returned Wednesday.

A siren sounded about 10 a.m. to clear the golf course because of approaching storms, and play was suspended for about two-and-a-half hours. The popular Par 3 Contest got a late start at 12:30 p.m. The reprieve was short-lived, however, as inclement weather closed the golf course again about an hour later for the remainder of the day. 

6.-UmbrellasEven though six threesomes teed off on the nine-hole course, the Par 3 ultimately was canceled for the first time in its 57-year history. No winner was declared. And with no winner, there was no jinx. A golfer has never won the Par 3 and the Masters in the same year.

Wednesday morning, Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters, remembered Palmer, a four-time green jacket winner, during his annual remarks.

“For the first time in over 60 years, our sport is without its preeminent hero – a man whose greatness as a player and a champion was exceeded only by his qualities as a man. Arnold Palmer let us all into his life, not from the distance that is typically maintained between a superstar and a fan, but into his life close-up, so that we could literally push him to greatness and regale in his accomplishments as though they were our own,” he said.

Payne said the traditional honorary starters ceremony, where Palmer served as an honorary starter from 2007 through 2016, would be a time for “an emotional good-bye, but at the same time, an even more powerful thank you to the man we dearly love.”

ARNIE'S-ARMY-PICCapitalizing on Experience
On Thursday morning, Payne escorted Palmer’s wife, Kit, to the first tee and draped the golfer’s green jacket over an empty white chair. As he spoke to the throng of patrons surrounding the first tee for the ceremony, honorary starters Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus brushed back tears.

“Arnold Palmer was my friend. He was your friend,” the chairman said. “Despite all of his fame and fortune, he always had time for all of us.”

He concluded his remarks by asking for a moment of silence to remember Palmer before calling on Player to hit the first tee shot. Nicklaus followed, lifting his hat and looking skyward before striking his ball.

Augusta National also gave a button that read, “I am a Member of Arnie’s Army,” to every patron on the grounds for the opening round.

Other fan favorites were missing in action from the 81st Masters as well. Tiger Woods had announced the Friday before the tournament that health reasons would prevent him from competing for the third time in four years, and Dustin Johnson withdrew Thursday afternoon.

Johnson, who was ranked number one in the world at the time and already had three consecutive PGA tour victories in 2017, injured his back when he slipped and fell at his rental house Wednesday afternoon. Hitting balls on the range just before his tee time, he realized he was unable to play. “I couldn’t make a good backswing,” Johnson said. “Every time right at impact, it would just catch.”

Weather continued to be a factor when the tournament got underway. The 93 players left in the field after Johnson’s withdrawal battled harsh conditions all day in cool temperatures and blustery winds with 30- to 40-mph gusts. At the end of the first round, Charley Hoffman sat atop the leaderboard with a four-shot lead. He carded a 65 on a day that the average score was 74.978.

Garcia had 17 pars and a birdie on No. 8 to shoot 1-under-par 71 on Thursday, finishing six shots behind Hoffman in an eight-way tie for fourth place. “It’s very difficult when it’s this gusty. It’s hard to figure out the right clubs, and you need to get a few breaks,” he said after his bogey-free round.

The cold and wind continued on Friday, before dying down in the afternoon. Garcia got off to a hot start, birdieing the first three holes. He had six birdies and three bogies in the second round to shoot 3-under-par 69 and finish at 4-under in a four-way tie for the lead with Hoffman, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler.

“The more experience you have here, the more you know how to approach some of these holes and know what’s going on,” said Garcia, who was playing in his 19th Masters. “But it definitely helps if you’ve been around a little bit, because you know what to expect, and once you realize that sometimes funny things are going to happen with good shots, and you can accept that, then you can do better.”

8.-Jordan-SpiethLucky 13
At the end of the second round, 53 players, including two of five amateurs, made the cut at 6-over-par 150.

In the third round Garcia had four birdies in a two-under round of 70, tying Rose for the 54-hole lead at 6-under-par. One of those birdies came at the 13th hole after his second shot on the dogleg par 5 bounced onto the bank of the Rae’s Creek tributary and stayed dry. He nearly holed his chip shot, leaving a tap-in for birdie.

“I’ve definitely had some good breaks through all three rounds – 13 obviously was one of them,” Garcia said.

He wasn’t the only one to conjure up a little magic on No. 13. After Jordan Spieth’s tee shot landed in the pine straw to the right of the fairway, he knew just what to do with his second shot. He could be heard on Masters.com “Amen Corner” coverage discussing the situation with his caddie, Michael Greller. “What would Arnie do?” Spieth asked.

12.-Main-Scoreboard“Hit it to 20 feet,” the caddie replied without hesitation.

Spieth’s four-iron shot stopped 29 feet from the pin on the par-5, and he two-putted for birdie.

Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion and reigning Olympic gold medalist, birdied five of the final seven holes, including No. 13, to post the best round of the day – a 5-under-par 67.

“You’ve got to sort of pick your moments and stay disciplined out there,” he said. “That’s the good thing about this golf course is that if you are spot on and you are on top of your game, it will reward you.”

Garcia said he would try to make as many birdies as he could in the final round. “Having a chance of winning a major and winning here at Augusta, it’s extra exciting,” he said.

His luck continued at the 13th hole on Sunday after his tee shot nicked a tree and landed against a bush, forcing him to take a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie. He punched out and hit a wedge to the green, draining an eight-foot putt to save par. Rose maintained his two-shot lead after missing a six-foot birdie putt.

No.-16-vertical-option“That little two-shot swing there was kind of when he was back in the tournament,” Rose said. “I feel like if he misses at that point, I make – I’m four clear and I’ve got my eye on Thomas Pieters and Matt Kuchar instead.”

Riding his momentum, Garcia birdied No. 14 and eagled No. 15. Rose answered with a birdie at the 15th hole and gained a one-stroke advantage with a birdie at No. 16. After Rose bogeyed the 17th hole, the two competitors headed to the 18th tee tied at 9-under.

Belief and Encouragement
Both players settled for par on No. 18 after missing birdie tries on the 72nd hole to set up the final showdown. After his drive landed in the trees to the right of the 18th fairway, Rose bogeyed the first hole of the sudden death playoff. This time Garcia’s putt curled into the hole from the left side for a birdie, and the green jacket belonged to him. The appreciative gallery, recognizing his long-overdue major championship, chanted “Ser-gee-oh.”

9.-Matt-KucharCharl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, finished in third place with a Sunday charge that included six birdies and two bogeys. Kuchar, whose final round 67 included an ace on No. 16, and Pieters, a Masters rookie, finished T4.

“It came down to the back nine on Sunday here, which is what this tournament is famous for,” Rose said.

Playing in his 74th major championship, Garcia at long last found the calm and equanimity he needed to win. He credited his victory to a positive attitude that was fostered by self-belief and words of encouragement from friends, family, his then-fiancé and one of his idols – Olazabal.

“To be able to join him and Seve as Masters champions from Spain, it’s unbelievable,” Garcia said. 

By Betsy Gilliland

Changing of the Guard

Guide to The Masters

Augusta-NationalA new chairman will lead the Masters Tournament this year 

Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament never shy away from change, and a new chairman will preside over this year’s tournament. Fred Ridley, the former Competition Committees chairman, took the reins last fall from Billy Payne, who retired from the position of chairman in October. 

“Throughout my life, Bobby Jones has been my idol and role model. I remember meeting Clifford Roberts during my first visit to Augusta National as an amateur invitee more than four decades ago. So to become chairman of Augusta National and the Masters is beyond humbling. I stand ready to embrace the responsibilities that come with this important position, strengthened by the lessons the sport teaches and the example of those who have provided leadership to me over the years,” Ridley said upon his appointment.

“As chairman, I will always look to Jones and Roberts as a source of wisdom and inspiration. I fully subscribe to their mandate of constant improvement and their commitment to maintaining the highest standard in all that we do. I pledge to use my deep-rooted respect for the customs and traditions they established to further elevate our club and tournament, while continuing their mission of contributing to the development of the sport around the world.

“I would like to thank Billy Payne, our esteemed chairman emeritus, who appointed me as his successor. His confidence in allowing me this honor has already had a profound impact on my life. I am grateful to consider him a friend and mentor, both personally and professionally.”

Ridley is the seventh chairman in the club’s 86-year history, and he is the only chairman to have ever competed in the Masters. He was invited three times during his amateur career, qualifying in 1976 and 1977 by winning the 1975 U.S. Amateur Championship. He played again in 1978 as a member of the 1977 Walker Cup team.

Payne, who started his tenure as chairman in May 2006, announced in August that he was stepping down.

“The privilege I experienced serving as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters was far greater than I could have ever imagined,” Payne said last summer. “Just as nothing can prepare you for the unique responsibilities and important decisions that come with this position, it is equally impossible to anticipate the many joys and, most importantly, the wonderful friendships that are the ultimate reward of service. This honor, however, is too great for one person to claim as their own for too long a period of time.” 

In addition to Payne, Roberts (1934-76), Bill Lane (1976-80), Hord Hardin (1980-91), Jack Stephens (1991-98) and Hootie Johnson (1998-2006) also served as chairman.

By Betsy Gilliland

Will to Win

Guide to The Masters

Trophy-From sibling winners to repeat victors to playoff champions, the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship was full of drama and excitement 

When it comes to the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, winning is a family affair for Maye and Treed Huang of Katy, Texas.

Following in her brother’s footsteps, Maye won the Girls 7-9 division in the competition last year. Treed, who placed fourth in last year’s Boys 12-13 division, was the 2014 champion in the Boys 7-9 division. “My dad, my mom and my brother all gave me tips to be confident and try my best,” said Maye.

Conducted by the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America and the USGA, the championship is a free, nationwide youth golf development program for boys and girls, ages 7-15, in four age categories. Tens of thousands of youth compete in the annual event, which began in 2014. The field is winnowed down to 80 competitors who earn a trip to the finals, which are held each year at Augusta National Golf Club on the Sunday preceding the Masters.

WinnersLiam Hartling, the Boys 10-11 division champion, has been playing golf since he was 18 months old. “You just have to try it even if it is hard at the start. Stick with it, and it will be fun,” he said.

Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida became the first two-time champion. She won the Girls 12-13 division, after prevailing in the Girls 10-11 division in 2016. “Drive, Chip and Putt is definitely more nerve-wracking than going out for 18 holes,” says Pano. “If you make a mistake, you don’t have a lot of chances to make up for it.”

After making an extra 15-foot putt on the 18th green, Mason Quagliata of Scottsdale, Arizona topped Andrew Scholz of Fairway, Kansas in a playoff to take the Boys 14-15 title. “My hands were shaking when I hit that last putt,” Mason said.

Leaderboard-(optional)Other female winners were Lucy Yuan of San Diego (ages 10-11) and Savannah Grewal of Mississauga, Ontario (ages 14-15). Other male champions were Carter Gaede of Manhattan Beach, California (ages 7-9) and Zachary Colon of Bolton, Massachusetts (ages 12-13), who also won in a playoff.

This year’s Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will be held at Augusta National on Sunday, April 1. Registration for the 2019 championship is underway at drivechipandputt.com, and local qualifiers begin in May. 

By Betsy Gilliland

2018 Masters Predictions

Guide to The Masters

1.-Jon-RahmLocal golf pros share their picks for Masters glory – or heartache

When it’s April in Augusta, the golf world turns its attention to the Masters Tournament. It’s always fun to try to foresee the outcome of the first major of the year, and once again we have teed up area golf gurus to tell us how the tournament will play out.

In 2017 PGA Tour veteran Sergio Garcia won his first major with a sudden death victory over Justin Rose on the first playoff hole. (Kudos to fearless prognosticators Dan Elliott and Scott Penland for choosing Sergio as their dark horse pick last year.)

We’ll see if the Masters crowns another first-time major champion in 2018 or if a proven winner can add a green jacket to his major championship collection. 

2.-Justin-ThomasGreg Hemann
Director of Operations, Jones Creek Golf Club
(Greg’s correct 2017 predictions: Low Senior, Pivotal Hole, Highest Score on One Hole)
2018 Masters Champion: Let’s go with Jordan Spieth. I think he has the strongest mind and the best short game.
Dark Horse: Jon Rahm. He’s big and strong. I think he has a game that’s suited for the course.
Low Newcomer: Patton Kizzire
Low Senior: Let’s go with Fred Couples. I ride that horse every year.
Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: I hate to jinx him, but I’ll say Jason Day.
Toughest Hole: No. 11
Pivotal Hole: No. 13
Highest 18-Hole Score: 84
Highest Score on One Hole: 9


7.-Ryan-MooreKirk Hice
Director of Golf, West Lake Country Club
(Kirk’s correct 2017 predictions: Pivotal Hole, Highest Score on One Hole)
2018 Masters Champion: I’m going with Justin Rose. He plays well there. He’s playing good golf right now, so I expect him to be ready.
Dark Horse: Ryan Moore. He’s playing well right now, and I think that will continue.
Low Newcomer: Wesley Bryan. He’s a local boy.
Low Senior: I’m going to say Bernhard Langer.
Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Adam Scott
Toughest Hole: No. 11
Pivotal Hole: No. 15
Highest 18-Hole Score: 81
Highest Score on One Hole: 8


 4.-Dustin-JohnsonTommy Brannen
Head Golf Professional, Augusta Country Club
(Tommy’s correct 2017 predictions: Highest Score on One Hole)2018 Masters Champion: Dustin Johnson. He’s number one in the world, and I think he’s ready for revenge after what happened last year when he got hurt and couldn’t play.
Dark Horse: Tony Finau
Low Newcomer: Tony Finau. I think he’s a heck of a player.
Low Senior: I’m trying to figure out which one’s going to make the cut. I’ll take Vijay Singh.
Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Jason Day
Toughest Hole: No. 11
Pivotal Hole: No. 12. It seems like it always is.
Highest 18-Hole Score: 88
Highest Score on One Hole: 8


Dan Elliott
PGA General Manager/Director of Golf, Forest Hills Golf Club
(Dan’s correct 2017 predictions: Dark Horse, Low Newcomer) 
2018 Masters Champion: Tommy Fleetwood. I think he’s playing really, really good golf.
Dark Horse: You hate to call somebody that’s a prominent player a dark horse, but I’ll say Justin Rose.
Low Newcomer: Xander Schauffele. He’s posting some good rounds.
Low Senior: Bernhard Langer
Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: I’m going with Hideki Matsuyama. 
Toughest Hole: No. 11
Pivotal Hole: You almost have to say No. 13.
Highest 18-Hole Score: 82
Highest Score on One Hole:


6.-Rory-McIlroySpike Kelley
General Manager and Golf Professional, Goshen Plantation
(Spike’s correct 2017 predictions: Pivotal Hole)
2018 Masters Champion: Rory McIlroy. He needs this one to win the career grand slam.
Dark Horse: Jon Rahm. He’s really good.
Low Newcomer: Tony Finau
Low Senior: Vijay Singh
Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Hideki Matsuyama
Toughest Hole: No. 11
Pivotal Hole: No. 17
Highest 18-Hole Score: 84
Highest Score on One Hole:


5.-Bernhard-LangerScott Penland
Director of Golf, Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course
(Scott’s correct 2017 predictions: Dark Horse, Low Newcomer, Highest 18-Hole Score)
2018 Masters Champion: I’ll go with Justin Thomas. He’s been playing pretty well.
Dark Horse: Thomas Pieters. I think he did pretty well last year, so maybe he’ll do well this year.
Low Newcomer: Doc Redman. He’s from Clemson, and I have followed him there.
Low Senior: I’m going to go with Bernhard Langer this year.
Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Patrick Reed
Toughest Hole: No. 11
Pivotal Hole: No. 15
Highest 18-Hole Score: 86
Highest Score on One Hole: 9


3.-Fred-CouplesChris Verdery
Director of Golf, The River Golf Club
(Chris’ correct 2017 predictions: Toughest Hole, Highest 18-Hole Score, Highest Score on One Hole)
2018 Masters Champion: The winner is going to be Dustin Johnson. He’s been close many times, and I feel like he has the confidence to pull it out.
Dark Horse: I’ll say Kevin Chappell.
Low Newcomer: Xander Schauffele. He has the all-around game to avoid any disasterous holes.
Low Senior: Let’s say Freddie Couples.
Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: I’ll say Bubba Watson.
Toughest Hole: It’s going to be No. 1.
Pivotal Hole: No. 15
Highest 18-Hole Score: 85
Highest Score on One Hole:

By Todd Beck