PORTLAND -- Ten-year old Ethan Tseng of Portland is doing something every golfer dreams about: He is headed to the Augusta National Golf course in Georgia and The Masters.
Next Sunday, for the first time ever, The Masters will host a Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship for junior golfers. Tseng will be there to tee it up.
“Oh, I’m so excited,” says Tseng, “I really want to feel that feeling of just being able to jump in the air when that ball rolls in the hole on that chip.”
Tseng plays out of Rock Creek Country Club in Portland. He went through qualifying at Meriwether Golf Course in Hillsboro, and then Seattle. He is one of just 88 golfers competing in the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals in Augusta, Georgia. He took up the game at 6 and now four years later will walk the lush grass at the home of the Masters.
“I really want to step where the professionals have stepped and just regularly see the course,” says Ethan. “I mean, Augusta is one of the most famous courses in the world. I guess everyone would be excited to step on it."
Tseng is right, Augusta National is rated as the third-greatest golf course in the world by Golf Digest. This is the 80th anniversary of the Masters.
“This is the first year the PGA has done it ,” says Ethan’s mom , Pei-Li Tseng. “They’ve been so hospitable,” she says, “organized, sending invitations with Master Ethan Tseng over the mail, so they’ve done a really good job.”
"Oh, it’s amazing,” says dad Daniel Tseng, who is an avid Golfer. “This is one of the proudest moments a dad could have. “
They leave for Augusta on Friday. “It’s really exciting and it’s so nice that the whole family’s able to go,” says Pei-Li. “Both of us and Ethan’s younger brother Alex are going to go as well, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
You can see the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship for Junior Golfers on the Golf Channel.