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Williamsville girl to play Augusta in Drive, Chip & Putt finals

Liz Zhang of Williamsville will compete in the age 7-9 division of the national finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt competition on April 1 at Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters Tournament.

The top 80 performers each year compete in the national finals for boys and girls ages 7-15. The program is designed to inspire a new generation of young athletes who choose golf as a lifetime pursuit.

After a slow start, Zhang finished strong with 90 points in the regional qualifier at Wing Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck on Oct. 1. She scored 29 in driving, 36 in chipping and 25 in putting.

"On my first chip, I thought I was done, but then I hit it a little harder," Zhang said. "My dad says mistakes will happen."

In addition to golf, Zhang excels in art and has been named artist of the year the last two years at her school. Particularly, she enjoys playing the piano and viola, along with ballroom dancing and ballet. This is Zhang’s third attempt at qualifying for Drive, Chip & Putt. She has been playing golf since the age of 3.

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