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Jr. PGA Drive, Chip and Putt competition makes stop at The Ridge

Making his second appearance at the Drive, Chip and Putt competition, Blake Cartwright was a tough competitor.

Article and photos by Lynn Zahorik

The Ridge at Castle Pines was the proud host of the 2019 PGA of America Drive, Chip and Putt competition on June 3. This event is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game of golf by focusing on the three fundamental skills. Drive, Chip and Putt provided junior golfers ages 7-15 the opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advanced through local, sub-regional and regional qualifiers in each age and gender category earned a place in the national finals, which are conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.

Eight Castle Pines residents participated in the local field of 68. Cohen Law, who is in sixth grade at Arma Dei Academy has been participating in the Jr. PGA League program for the past five years. “This was my first year to participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition and it was a great experience,” said Law. Rocky Heights seventh grader Blake Cartwright is in his second year of competing in the event. Last year he took second place in the putting category. He loves to play golf with his dad, especially at The Ridge which is right up the street from his house.

Castle Pines residents Alexis Sanderson, Brady Sanderson and Evan Scanlon qualified to move on to the sub-regional tournament, which will be held on August 3 in Aurora. For more information on the myriad of Jr. PGA League programs available, visit

Cohen Law enjoyed kicking off his summer in style as a participant in the popular Jr. PGA event, which is designed to bring young people into the game.

Will Welhalf (right) was joined by his Dad, Mark, as he awaited his turn for the Drive portion of the competition.



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