12 area youth participate in ‘Drive, Pitch & Putt’ competition

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Twelve youth participated in the Kids’ Golf “Drive, Pitch & Putt” competition Saturday at Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course.

According to organizer Scott O’Hare, participation was down significantly from last year, which he credited to family vacation conflicts.

“We’re still trying to figure out which dates work the best for the most people,” he said. “We’d like to see this competition grow to 50 or 60 kids.”

Participants were rated according to their performance in the three aspects of golf.

In the driving competition, each participant hit three drives in a 50-yard-wide driving area with a center line. The goal was to get maximum distance combined with accuracy. The best of the three drives was scored according to yardage minus the distance from the center line.

For pitching, each participant hit three shots from a specified distance, according to age division. The ball closest to the hole was measured in inches. A score was achieved by subtracting the distance in inches from 360.

In the putting competition, participants putt through nine holes of varying distances and added the strokes needed to complete all nine holes. That number was multiplied by 10 and then subtracted from 360.

Scores from the local competition will be posted on the Internet and will be ranked against other competition sites around the world.

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