In the fifth year of the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club, the CSRA finally had a local participant for the first time. And Salley, South Carolina’s Luke Parsons didn’t disappoint.
In the boys 7-9 year-old age group, Luke finished in third place overall out of ten junior golfers.
“I’m going to remember the trophy and all the stuff that I got,” Luke smiled afterwards.
In his age group, Luke finished fifth in driving, fourth in chipping and third in putting — almost draining putts from 15 and 30 feet on the intimidating, but pristine, Augusta National greens.
“I thought that the greens were really fast and there wasn’t a single blade of grass out of place,” Luke said of his Augusta experience. It was a special — but nerveracking — morning he shared with his father on the bag.
“Oh, I thought I was going to pass out,” Tim Parsons said. “I thought I would much rather be in surgery than watching him compete.”
“It was great because I know that my dad loves me and he put in a lot of work to help me get to this level,” Luke said.
A level that was a bit surreal on Sunday.
“I never thought that I’d putt on Augusta National.”
It was Luke’s first time at Augusta National but it will not be his last. As a participant in the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals, he and his family receive tickets to the Monday’s practice round.
Luke also says Sunday won’t be his only time putting on the 18th green at Augusta. He plans to be back here one day as a participant in the Masters.