Photo: Evyn Cannon, winner of first place chipping skills for girls 7-9, poses with her medal.
By Ken MacLeod
TULSA, Okla. – One Oklahoman will be advancing to the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta National next April, as 7-year-old Evyn Cannon of Edmond advanced through the DCP Regional Final Saturday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
Cannon scored 96 points including 24 in driving, 31 in chipping and 36 in putting, to outdiscance second-place Lynn Powell of Overland Park, Kan., by 26 points and earn the trip to The Masters in 2018. The finals are held on the Sunday priot to the tournament and include tickets for a practice round on Monday.
The victory completes a remarkable summer for Cannon, one in which she fractured her arm in late June, then bounced back a month later to take second place in the national finals of U.S. Kids Golf in Pinehurst for the 7-and-under age group, despite not being able to swing until
Cannon’s 31 points in chipping was strong for any age group as the chip was from deep Bermuda rough below and right of the fourth green at Southern Hills, a green that slopes dramatically back to front, meaning the chips would break hard right at the end.
Told she was going to Augusta, Evyn said, “Is it next Monday. I’m ready.” She made a face when she learned she would to wait months to get her chance at a national title.
Her father Clendon Cannon is a member at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City, where Evyn works with instructor Ryan Rody, whom Clendon said is one of the best junior golf instructors in the area.
She would shoot around 63 for nine holes when she started working with him, two and a half months later it was 38.”
Evyn said her favorite golfers are Jordan Spieth and Lexi Thomposon and she is a golf nut, watching on television when she gets the chance.
Winners in other age groups Saturday were:
Boys 7-9, Michael Jorski, Overland Park, Kan., 99
Girls 10-11, Callia Ward, Albuquerque, N.M., 109
Boys 10-11, Thomas Bryson, Lincoln, Neb., 119
Girls 12-13, Ali Mulhall, Henderson, Nev., 118
Boys 12-13, James Dintino, Kansas City, Mo., 121
Girls 14-15, Brooke Biermann, Wildwood, Mo., 152
Boys 14-15, Kaden Ford, Colorado Springs, 139
Other Oklahomans to reach the regional finals were Anna Fritts of Duncan in girls 7-9, Bronx Perez of Tulsa in boys 7-9, Emerson Majma of Edmond in boys 7-9, Sophia Lefler of Tulsa in girls 10-11, Mimi Hoang of Oklahoma City in girls 12-13 and Andrew Goodman of Norman in boys 14-15. Goodman boomed two of his drives in excess of 320 yards while scoring 119 points to finish fourth.