Jay Leng Jr., will now have a broken trophy amongst his more than 100 medals and trophies that he has won playing golf when he returns to his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The nine year old can thank Nick Faldo for that.
Sir Nick, who was the winner of three Masters green jackets, was one of the prior champions who helped hand out trophies to the winners in the second annual Drive, Chip and Putt finals that was held Sunday at Augusta National. When awarding Leng with one of the three trophies he took home, Faldo accidently broke a piece off one.
Leng said Faldo asked if the people as the Masters had some Super Glue. Leng had won the putting and the chipping contests and was the boys 7-9 overall winner after he sank a putt from 15 feet in a playoff of three kids.
That putt was one of many memories that will last for a lifetime on Sunday at one of the cathedrals of golf. Eighty children between 7 and 15 turned those hallowed grounds into a playground in an event the Masters Tournament Foundation, the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association created to help grow the popularity of the game.
Dreams came true for 13-year old Morgan Goldstein as well. The youngster from Las Vegas watched last year when her brother competed, but this year she entered the event.
She called the event amazing and her performance was nothing short of the same. Goldstein won the 12-13 girls division’s driving competition. She also chipped in to when that age group’s chipping contest. If that was not enough, she holed her putt and took home the trophy for putting champion.
When asked whether she had thought about sweeping all three contests and becoming the overall winner, Goldstein replied yes, in my dreams.
Faldo was joined by Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Gary Player, Mark O’Meara, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman and Ben Crenshaw, in handing the trophies out. He called the event a complete success.
Faldo added that for millions of people, stepping inside the Augusta National gates is something special, for the children to be given an opportunity to compete at Augusta is great.
Defending Masters Champion Bubba Watson said being at Augusta National is a big thing and if the event were held when he was growing up, he would have tried to qualify to play. He played in numerous tournaments growing, but none was at a venue like Augusta National.
Girls 7-9: Effie Perakis, Glenview, IL
Boys 7-9: Jay Leng, Jr., Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Girls 10-11: Lydia Swan, North East, PA.
Boys 10-11: Jake Peacock, Alpharetta, GA.
Girls 12-13: Morgan Goldstein, Las Vegas, NV.
Boys 12-13: George Duangmanee, Fairfax, VA.
Girls 14-15: Alexandra Swayne, Maineville, OH
Boys 14-15: Toby Wilson, Bartlett, TN