Bosley’s daughter captures 10th at national finals of Drive Chip & Putt
Raylee Bosley, the daughter of former Pasadena Memorial High School head basketball coach David Bosley and current assistant principal, captured 10th place Sunday at the Drive Chip & Putt National Finals at the world-famous Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Among the thrills for Raylee Bosley was posing for a group picture with Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and the rest of the Top-10 ladies in the 7 to 9-year-old girls division.
Points were scored in the three categories. The putting competition took place on Augusta National’s iconic 18th green where the Masters champion is crowned every April.
Each category had the participants attempt two tries. The putting competition saw Bosley attempt putts from 15 and 30 feet away from the cup.
Bosley finished with her final point total for the three categories of 6.5. Her strongest effort came in the chipping category where she scored three points, good for seventh place among the 10 national finalists.
She scored 1.5 points in the drive competition and two points in the putting for her total of 6.5.
Capturing the national championship for the 7-9 girls division was Ella Hannant of Pikeville, NC., who finished with 25 points. Asterisk Talley of Chowchilla, Calif. earned runner-up honors with 22 points and Jensi Krampel of Naples, Fla. finished third with 21 points.
Krampel won the chipping competition, Hannant the putting and Lily Zhang (18 points) of Buffalo, N.Y. claimed first place in the drive category.
In the drive portion, the better of the two scores was used. On the two chip attempts, the cumulative distance from the hole determined the player’s position and that was how the scoring was determined for the putting.
It was a determined effort for David Bosley’s daughter just to land at Augusta National.
It began with 268 local qualifying Drive Chip & Putt events across all 50 states last summer. Those that survived that round advanced to a subregional and then to one of 10 regional championships.
It boiled down to 80 winners across the four age divisions earning a trip to Augusta or 20 per age division.
The 10-11 girls champion was Vanessa Borovilos of Toronto, Ontario, the 12-13 winner was Sara Im of Duluth, Ga. and the 14-15 champion was Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hill, N.C.
In the boys division, Taighan Chea of Botell, Wash. captured the 7-9 division, Tip Price of Greenville, S.C. claimed the 10-11 age bracket, P.J. Maybank III of Cheboygan, Mich. was crowned winner of the 12-13 age division and Brendan Valdes of Orlando, Fla cornered the 14-15 national title.
“All of us at Augusta National are focused on the future of golf and this event remains one of the most meaningful endeavors in the history of our club,” stated Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament in a press release. “Our goal here is to inspire a lifelong passion for the game of golf, and if our participation helps, then we’ve accomplished our mission. I would like to say how inspired we all are by each and every one of these kids, and I’m pretty confident that the game of golf has a great future.”