(Abu Dhabi, UAE) – On Saturday, September 17th, 2022 Maya Palanza Gaudin won first place in the Girls 12-13 years old division, at the Northeast Regional Finals of the Drive Chip and Putt tournament at TPC, Boston Golf Club. Maya now moves to the National Finals which is played at Augusta National Golf Club, during the week of the 2023 Masters Tournament.


The Abu Dhabi-based 12-year-old, Maya Palanza Gaudin was one of the thousands of junior golfers who began the Drive, Chip, and Putt tournament series across North America. Maya is one of 40 girls and 40 boys to qualify to compete in the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.

Maya is a product of United Arab Emirates (UAE) golf and a member of the Emirates Golf Federation. Living in the UAE for the past 11 years, Maya regularly competes in junior golf competitions across the UAE as well as internationally. Maya is a true testament to the UAE’s commitment and support to developing Women’s Sports for the Nation, especially in the sport of golf.

Earlier this year Maya won first place in the US KIDS European Championship played in Scotland with a 54-hole score of 72, 74, 74 (+4). Maya also won the 2021 Woman’s Club Championship at Yas Links Abu Dhabi.

Qualifying for the Drive, Chip, and Putt tournament National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club, during the week of the 2023 Masters Tournament is an honor and one of the most prestigious opportunities in junior golf. The National Finals will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.



Background on the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Tournament:


A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Master Tournament, the United States Golf Association, and The PGA of America, Drive, Chip, and Putt is a nationwide junior golf competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three key fundamental golf skills (driving, chipping and putting).

By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, Drive, Chip, and Putt provide aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers across the entire US and Canada.  The tournament bracket is made up of 342 Local competitions across all 50 States; followed by 60 sub-regional competitions; and then narrowed down to 10 regional finals.  From there, only one junior golfer in each age/gender section will advance to the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club on the Sunday before the tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.

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