Welsh bettered the field of 11 regional champions in the boys’ 14-15-year-old division with a total score of 28 points. He won the driving competition for 11 points, finished fourth in the chipping portion to earn eight points and was third in the putting event to garner nine points.
Welsh, 14 and an eighth grader, plays out of Metacomet Country Club. Eighty-eight golfers in eight divisions competed in the first-ever Drive, Chip and Putt championships, contested on the grounds of Augusta, known of course as the annual site of The Masters.
The driving and chipping portions of the skills competition were held at the Tournament Practice Facility.
The putting competition began with two putts, of 6 and 30 feet, on the practice putting green just off the first tee. For their third and final putts, each participant walked down to the 18th green, where they attempted the same 20-foot putt that Adam Scott holed on the 72nd hole at last year’s Masters en route to his playoff victory. Welch was one of just two participants Sunday to pull off the feat. “I was trying to leave it close, and it went in,” he said modestly.
Welsh is the reigning Rhode Island Golf Association Junior Amateur champion.