Caroline Deese with her ribbons from the June 26 Drive, Chip, Putt contest in Greer, South Carolina. Submitted photo
Caroline Deese with her ribbons from the June 26 Drive, Chip, Putt contest in Greer, South Carolina. Submitted photo

Young golfer eyes the Augusta National 2025 Drive, Chip and Putt

Caroline Deese has her eyes set on winning the April 2025 Drive, Chip and Putt event at the Augusta National.

Caroline Deese with Condoleezza Rice. Submitted photo

The 9-year-old placed first in drive, second in chip and second overall at the June 26 Drive, Chip and Putt contest in Greer, South Carolina, a local qualifier for the Aug. 24 sub-regional in Columbia at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, according to her father, Carlton Deese.

“She specifically enjoys the challenge of the game and being able to play with her friends at West Lake,” wrote Carlton Deese in an email. “She is a junior member there and plays on the Georgia State Golf Association tour, US Kids tour, West Lake Junior League and is a member of the South Carolina Golf Association.”

She has attended the Augusta National Women’s Amateur the past two years and has met Condoleezza Rice, Gary Player and all of the competing college golfers.  Her favorite female collegiate golfer is Annabelle Pancake from Clemson University.

To strengthen her game, Caroline will attend the Clemson Golf Camp in August and Augusta University Golf Camp next week.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News and Inspiring: Women of Augusta, has covered Augusta’s news for more than 35 years and is a Georgia Press Association award winner. Reach her at charmain@augustagoodnews.com. Sign up for the newsletter here.

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