Katy’s Huang wins third regional golf skills crown
Katy resident Treed Huang qualified for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals for the third time in the event’s five-year history, winning the regional championship Oct. 8 at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.
Huang returns to Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia for the national competition, scheduled for April 1, prior to the start of the Masters Tournament.
“Going to Augusta National never gets old,” Huang said to USGA media. “Everything is special. What struck me is how beautiful the course is.”
Huang, a 2014 national champion, dominated the regional boys age 12-13 division with 149 points, the largest margin of victory of any national qualifier. He was a regional champion last year as well, making his second trip to Augusta.
Last year’s national final was particularly memorable for the Huang family. Treed’s younger sister, Maye, was the girls age 7-9 national champion at Augusta. Treed finished tied for fourth in the boys 12-13 division.
Treed Huang was strong in all three categories in The Woodlands. Tied for fifth after the driving competition, he was the only player in the division to score a 50 in chipping and followed with a score of 60 on the green, one of three players to achieve the leading score.
It was more than enough to send Huang back to Augusta. His 149 points gave him a 25-point margin of victory.
The Houston area produced three national finalists, including girls 7-9 champion Raylee Bosley of Friendswood and girls 12-13 champion Allyn Stephens of Houston.
Individual national alternates, finishing second or third in the region, included Katy’s Lauren Nguyen (girls 14-15), Deer Park’s Shelby Wright (girls 10-11), League City’s Carmen Pate (girls 10-11), Spring’s Natasha Milinthachinda (girls 7-9), Houston’s Bo Van Winden (boys 7-9), The Woodlands’ Finn Burkholder (boys 10-11), Shenandoah’s Jack Usner (boys 12-13) and Cypress’ Thomas Pickrell (boys 14-15).