MEDINAH, Ill. (CBS) — Before the best golfers in the world tee it up at the Masters in April, 80 future stars of the game get to drive, chip, and putt at maybe the most famous golf course in the world.
As CBS 2’s Matt Zahn reported Thursday, a pair of 11-year-olds from the Chicago area made the cut.
When it comes to golf, everything is picture perfect for Logan Keeter of Northbrook and Reese Wallace of South Barrington. Next month, they’re heading to Augusta National to compete in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.
“It’s an awesome experience just to be there. I’m really excited. I can’t wait,” Reese said.
“A dream come true basically. It’s amazing. I keep saying that word. You’re putting your feet and your putter right where some of the best players, who have played the game, have been standing and putting,” Logan said.
To get there, they had to make it through three separate qualifiers. That included a very stressful last stop at Regionals for both of them. Reese had to go to a playoff. Logan had to play the waiting game.
How stressful was that?
“It’s really. You keep waiting for name to get bonked lower and lower. When it didn’t it was amazing,” Logan said.
Reese and Logan actually never met before they got some practice in at the Medinah Country Club. As you might expect, they both do a lot of practicing.
“My process is to practice as much as driving, chipping, and putting as I possibly can,” Reese said.
“I have a putting station in my house and practice every morning. I wake up before school and do it. In the mornings (I practice) 45 minutes and 20 minutes in the afternoons. If it was summer, I’d play 18 holes a day if I could,” added Logan.