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Youth Vineland Golfer Advances to Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals

Trebor Melendez of Vineland was one of eight golfers to advance to the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals in last weekend’s Drive, Chip and Putt regional qualifier at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, PA.

Melendez finished second in putting and third in both driving and chipping to take the Boys 10-11 division with 115 points.

Melendez (his first name is his father’s name, Robert, spelled backwards), said his favorite skill in Drive, Chip and Putt is putting. He prepared for the regional qualifier with one of his mother’s favorite breakfast dishes—pancakes and sausage.

His favorite part of golf is the competition: “I always love competition. I always like feeling my heart pounding out of my chest. I love the nerves.”

The National Finals will be played at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2024.

“It’s a great honor for us to be able to host it and be a part of giving back to the game and growing the game,” Aronimink General Manager Andrew Whitelaw said. “It’s really important for us to see the game growing, and to be the host venue for one of these is really great.

“It’s great to see all the kids enjoying themselves. The competition is really strong. It’s a big deal to get through so they’re all trying their hardest. We’re going to be hosting the PGA Championship in 2026 so for them to get a sneak peek at it, it’s great. You never know, one of them might even be playing in a few years.”

Asked for his thoughts on being at the Augusta National, Melendez said, “My emotions are flowing with a lot of great thoughts. I’m actually going to be at Augusta. I really can’t believe it. I’m shocked.”

This content first appeared in Drive, Chip, and Putt.