Local kids drive, chip & putt in hopes they have what it takes to get to the Masters

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- More than 170 local boys and girls are trying to drive, chip and putt their way to the Masters.

Iron Horse Golf Club in Leawood hosted the annual competition on Wednesday.

The kids get points based on how well they drive, chip and putt, and the top three finishers in each age group advances to regionals. The top finishers there will then head to the National Competition in Augusta, Ga.

Local pros say this is a great way to grow the game with the next generation.

And they see a ton of talent in some of these young golfers.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for them to go to Augusta," Eagle's Landing Golf Pro Jay Kennedy said. "I mean, we've been lucky here locally, we've had I think four kids that have made it to Augusta for the national championship over the last couple of years."

The kids competing today ranged in age from 7-to-15 years old.