Tip Price Interview
Greenville’s Tip Price will soon do something just about every golfer would love to do.
The young golfer from Greenville is going to putt on the 18th green at Augusta National.
Price won his age group at the Regional Drive, Chip and Putt contest held at Pinehurst, NC.
The winners of the age group competition earn the opportunity to compete at Augusta in the championship of the national competition.
“This is going to be the first time I have ever been to Augusta, I can hardly wait for April,” said Price.
The contest which is televised on The Golf Channel will take place on Sunday April 1st, just before the Masters.
Price started playing golf when he was three or four years old. Now at the ripe old age of 11 he said he has been playing all his life.
“I made regionals before, but my goal was to make it to Augusta and it is going to be an amazing experience,” he said.
The fifth grader at Augusta Circle Elementary is already a regular winner in SCJGA tournaments.
Competing in the 10 year old division last summer, Price won the Grant Bennett championship at the Florence Country Club.
He also was his age group winner at the Upstate Junior played at Smithfields and he won a pair of local junior events at Fox Run and Greer.
“I think some of my friends are a little jealous that I am going to Augusta. My family has helped me get to play and get better,” he said.
Price is a regular on the range and practice greens at the Greenville Country Club. The membership seems as excited for him as he is to compete at Augusta.
The national contest started at 260 locations. Winners at the local level advanced to sub-regionals and then regional competition.
The Drive, Chip and Putt contest had thousands of golfers attempt to qualify for the chance to compete at Augusta.
When Price gets to Augusta he will compete with 9 other golfers from around the country in his age group.
“I haven’t concentrated on just one part of my game. I think practicing everything is the best way to get ready,” said Price.
Golfers will hit drives, chip from off the green and try to make putts from 6 feet 15 feet and 30 feet.
The contestants get points towards a win in each category and as an overall winner.
Price hits a solid tee shot that averages around 230 yards. His chipping is accurate and his putting is “not a weakness.”
The putting contest will be held on the 18th green and that is the part of the competition Price is really looking forward to.
“I’ve watched some tape of players on the 18th green, but not enough to really learn anything,” Price said.
All the contestants will be treated to a dinner the night before and will get tickets to a practice round for themselves and their families.
“I’m very competitive and I really want to win. If I don’t, just going to Augusta will be a big enough prize all by itself,” concluded Price.