OSKALOOSA — A local kid is just a couple of golf shots away from potentially heading to the PGA’s Masters Tournament. Eight-year-old Gibson Blommers of Oskaloosa has recently moved on to the final regional qualifier for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition, a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills of golf.
Blommers started his junior at a local qualifier at Oskaloosa’s Edmundson Golf Course back in June in the boys age 7-9 division.
Participants compete in all three skills (drive, chip and putt) and hit three shots per skill for a total of nine shots. Points are accumulated per shot for each skill. Awards are given to the top three in each skill as well as a top three overall.
Blommers had a final score of 51 while taking first in the drive portion and third in the putting at the local qualifier which earned him second place overall, subsequently qualifying him for the sub-regional at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines later in the summer.
On Aug. 22, Blommers would compete in the sub-regional with a first place finish in the putting propelling him to an overall score of 88, which was once again good enough for second place and a trip to the regional qualifier.
Blommers will head to Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 11 for the regional final. If he were take first place overall, Blommers would qualify for the National Finals which are held at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament in April and will broadcasted live on the Golf Channel.