Golf: Natalie Martin earns return trip to Augusta National

The Park Rapids golfer wins the girls age 10-11 division during a Regional Qualifying event at Colorado's Castle Pines Golf Club.

Natalie Martin lines up a putt during a Regional Qualifying event of the Drive, Chip & Putt Competition at Colorado's Castle Pines Golf Club on Sept. 18. Martin won the girls age 10-11 division to advance to the National Finals.
Contributed / Rachael Martin
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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – Park Rapids’ Natalie Martin earned a return trip to the National Finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt competition.

Natalie Martin
Contributed / Rachael Martin

Martin finished first in the girls age 10-11 division during Regional Qualifying at Castle Pines Golf Club on Sunday, Sept. 18. Martin scored the most points with 43 on her three drives, had the most points with 35 on her three chips and added 36 points on her three putts for a total of 114 points. Maisy Shewchik of Winnipeg was second with 103 points.

The Regional Qualifying featured 12 girls and boys in four age categories. The winners at each of the 10 qualifying sites advance to the National Finals, which will be held April 2, 2023, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, prior to the start of the Masters Tournament. The event will be broadcast on the Golf Channel.

Martin finished 10th at the National Finals in 2022.

Isabella Martin
Contributed / Rachael Martin

In the Drive, Chip & Putt competition, golfers attempt three shots in all three skills with points awarded based on distance and accuracy. In the driving portion, golfers tee off to a 40-yard wide grid and the ball must come to rest in that area to score points. Golfers attempt three chips approximately 10 to 15 yards from the hole with lines marking the scoring rings. Participants attempt putts from 6 feet, 15 feet and 30 feet with lines marking the scoring rings.


Park Rapids’ Isabella Martin tied for fourth place in the girls 7-9 division. Martin scored 11 points on her drives, 35 points on her chips and 21 points on her putts for 67 points. Anna Midyett of Bennington, Nebraska, took first with 118 points.

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