Young Golfing Phenom Qualifies For Augusta's Drive, Chip And Putt Competition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--"I was like oh my gosh I can't believe it. Then I started crying because I was so happy," said Lyla Louderbaugh.

Many golfers can only dream of taking the awe-inspiring stroll down Magnolia Lane to compete on the wondrous greens of Augusta National. And this Sunday 11 year old Lyla Louderbaugh will do just that.

"My wife was up there at Hazeltine whenever she hit her final putt and whenever everything came through I broke down. I started crying. Oh my gosh, she did it," said Mark Louderbaugh.

Lyla qualified by winning three drive, chip and putt tournaments. And now will be one of ten girls in her age group to play Holly, the 18th hole at Augusta.
"You hit a drive, two chips and two putts," said Lyla Louderbaugh.

"She's ranked against the other ten in that. So you are ranked against the other ten in each category for an overall score," said Bryan Daniels.

Lyla comes out here every single day to prepare for the tournament. She takes 300 shots: 100 putts, 100 drives, and 100 chips.

"Hard work and hours and hours of practice," said Lyla Louderbaugh.

Lyla has aced the preparation. I mean she can drive 220 for crying out loud. She's ready to face golf's pinnacle and just might master Augusta.

"That is something I will have to work on to fight back the tears. It is going to be an experience that not many people can experience and just being there is going to be the greatest part of it," said Lyla's father.

"I can't believe it, it's just unbelievable," said Lyla.


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