Teenage Anchorage golfer eyes Augusta

Ian Bruchhauser at his send off party for the National Drive, Chip, and Putt competition at the Anchorage Golf Course.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage golfer Ian Bruchhauser will tee it up at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7 for the 6th Annual National Drive, Chip, and Putt competition before the start of the Masters.

Bruchhauser will be one of 80 junior golfers representing 27 different states across the country - as well as four Canadian provinces - at the national tournament.

With just two-and-a-half months of outdoor practice time, he became Alaska’s first national finalist after sinking a 30-foot putt during a regional meet at Chambers Bay, late going on to win the Boys 14-15 division with 140 points.

The United States Golf Association, Drive, Chip and Putt event is a free, nationwide youth golf development program open to boys and girls in four different categories covering ages seven through 15. The competition tests the skills essential to playing the game – accuracy in driving, chipping and putting.