Pattonville freshman headed to national PGA golf competition on April 2
Pattonville freshman headed to national PGA golf competition on April 2
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Pattonville High School freshman Momo Kikuchi is competing in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2. The competition is a joint initiative of the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America. Kikuchi will play in the Female 14-15 year old category and is one of 80 top performers in the nation to qualify for the event. The contest will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

The Drive, Chip and Putt competition is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.  The competition is open to boys and girls ages ages 7-15. Youth participate in separate divisions in four age categories. Local qualifying events take place throughout all 50 states, with top performers at the local level advancing through subregional and regional qualifiers at some of the country‚Äôs best championship venues. The top 80 performers - 40 boys and 40 girls - earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on the eve of the annual Masters Tournament.

In her freshman year at Pattonville this fall, Kikuchi placed 11th in the state for girls golf and was named All-Conference First Team. Last summer, she was the champion in her age group at the Gateway PGA's 18-Hole Final Championship tournament. In the spring of 2015, Kikuchi was chosen by the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Golf Committee to receive one of its inaugural Jay Randolph Achievement Awards for her championship play as a St. Louis area amateur golfer in 2014. The award was established to honor the very best amateur youth playing the game of golf in St. Louis.

Find out more:
Golf Channel feature article on Kikuchi

Kikuchi's bio on the national Drive, Chip and Putt's website