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Jernigan has been golfing since he was 3

The 9-year-old golfer recently qualified for a regional golf contest in Colorado

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Since he was three, Brock Jernigan has enjoyed playing the sport of golf with his dad.

Fast forward six years later, and the nine-year-old Jernigan recently qualified for the Regional Drive, Chip, and Putt contest held on September 19 in Parker, Colo. He placed in the top-three of the Subregional in his age group on August 2 held in Lee’s Summit. 

The Regional contest winner will compete at the National event in Augusta, Ga., which is home to the Masters Tournament. 

Jernigan officially finished second out of 18 players with a score of 107, placing third in the chipping and putting competitions. His drives were 176 yards, 182 yards, and 184 yards, with only one going out of the grid scoring zone.

 “I made my first putt and did good at both the chipping and putting,” he said. “I have been practicing a lot on those. I need to work on hitting my drive straight every time.

“I want to hit all three drives in the grid at Regionals.”

The Drive, Chip, and Putt competition was started in 2013 and is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf for boys and girls ages 7-15.

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