9-year-old Fort Fairfield golfer Michael Bruce is playing Augusta National this weekend, home of the Masters Tournament next week. What, you say? Yup, the Aroostook County kid has made it to the national competition of the 'Drive, Chip & Putt Championship'.

It is a joint effort by the PGA, USGA and Masters Tournament to promote the game of golf to kids ages 7 through 15. The program is in its 4th year.

Bruce says he plays golf mostly with his dad, James, at Aroostook Valley Country Club in Fort Fairfield.

His local qualifier was played at Val Halla in Cumberland, Maine. His sub-regional qualifier was at the Renaissance Golf Club in Massachusetts. The final step was the regional at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. All of these competitions took place last fall and led to the chance to play at Augusta National.

Each youngster competes in three skill sets - driving, chipping and putting. Kind of like football's Punt, Pass & Kick competition.

The golf competition is Sunday morning at Augusta National in Georgia. Golf's first major tournament, The Masters, starts there next Thursday.

NOTE: Michael joins 'The Morning Pitch Show' on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket Friday morning at 7:35am, live from Augusta, Georgia.

The Drive, Chip & Putt competition will be aired live Sunday on The Golf Channel.

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