This is from the Las Vegas
Accomplished Southern Nevada junior golfers Milan Norton and Yana Wilson are trying to match the Drive, Chip and Putt national championships of fellow local golfers Morgan Goldstein (2015) and Hunter Pate (2014).
The annual competition is Sunday and held in conjunction with The Masters at Augusta National in Georgia.
Norton, a 9-year-old Faith Lutheran student, and Wilson, a 12-year-old Henderson resident, survived local and regional qualifiers to earn spots in the competition that will be televised on Golf Channel. The Masters begins Thursday, April 11.
Norton received her official invite from PGA Tour player Scott Piercy while Wilson was recognized by Annika Sorenstam during a golf clinic at Southern Highlands.
Both youngsters are active on social media and Wilson shared information about Youth on Course, an organization that allows juniors to play golf for cheap rates. Local juniors can receive the benefits at area courses by joining the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association at SoutherNevadaJuniorGolf.com.
“Just opened my package from Youth On Course. Thank you for supporting young golfers and your well wishes for my @drivechipandputt National Finals!” Wilson posted on Instagram. “It’s a great program that lets young golfers play some of the best courses for just $5! Sign up if you haven’t yet.”
Since 2014, a select field of juniors from around America have taken swings in the Drive, Chip and Putt event, which is a collaboration of the PGA of America, United States Golf Association and the Masters. The competition’s mission is to help promote golf and grow the sport. GOOD LUCK YANA!