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    Golf Channel to Air Drive, Chip and Putt

    Chris Trotman/Augusta National
    A Golf Channel cameraman prepares for coverage on No. 18.

    A leader board has been positioned at the Tournament Practice Facility, ready to post the names of the 88 national finalists in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition Sunday at Augusta National.

    Boys and girls in four age groups will test their driving and chipping skills at the Tournament Practice Facility. Then, they will move to the 18th green for a putting championship on the same stage where Masters champions are decided. 

    The Golf Channel cameras, too, will also be focused on the youngsters, showcasing five hours of live coverage.

    It begins with a Morning Drive pregame show at 8 a.m. (EDT) from the Golf Channel’s set on the grounds of Augusta National, followed by live broadcast of the event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pre- and post-event coverage will also be at GolfChannel.com.

    First, players will have two swings to record a longest drive. Next, they will move to the chipping area and try to post the closest cumulative distance on two chips.

    They will then move to the 18th green and attempt putts from 6, 20 and 30 feet, trying again to record the closest cumulative distance.   

    Winners will be decided in each of the skills challenges. And players compile points along the way to determine boys and girls overall champions in age groups 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.   

    The field of 88 junior golfers are from 27 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada. Texas has the most players with 13, followed by California and Florida with eight each.

    And all will be looking to put their names on the leader board and etch their names as champions at Augusta National.