Drive, Chip and Putt participants’ dreams come true
AUGUSTA — The common theme at Augusta National on Sunday was ‘everybody is a winner.’ However, for some individuals in the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals the taste of victory was a little bit sweeter than for others.
A prime example of that was Zachary Colon. The Bolton, Massachusetts native — and huge Bubba Watson fan — got a chance to close out the 12-13 year old age group with his favorite golfer looking on. And Colon made the most of his opportunity.
He drained the second putt on the 18th green to force a playoff with Clinton Daly and then beat Daly in the putt-off to take the overall title for his age group.
“Just to get it close to the hole,” Colon said of his mindset on the putt he holed to force the playoff. “If I missed it, it might have went 2 or 3 feet past the hole, and I knew it needed to be closer, so I was just trying to get it close.”
Perhaps Colon got some of his flare for the dramatic from watching Watson over the years. He said Watson’s shot on No. 10 in a playoff in the 2012 Masters was his favorite memory of the tournament.
“It was crazy. He (Watson) is my favorite player, so that’s who I would imagine would watch it,” Colon said.
Other winners included Lucy Yuan, who won the drive and putt portions of the girls 10-11 age group. Yaun was especially excited about receiving her trophy from defending Masters champion Danny Willett.
“It was really cool, because I’ve really never gotten to meet anybody who’s won a tournament this big.”
The other common source of excitement was the ability to see the famed course at Augusta National.
“This is better than what I imagined. It’s unbelievable,” Colon said. “I would say it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.”