Victoria’s Anna Wu shines at Drive, Chip and Putt in Augusta

Anna Wu’s dream was to meet Tiger Woods in Augusta. Since Woods was incapacitated, she had no chance. But that didn’t stop the pint-sized Royal Colwood golfer from getting huge praise from other great players on Sunday in Georgia.

“I watched Anna Wu punch a chip in the DCP [Drive, Chip and Putt] Contest, ”tweeted three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson.

“Look how your hands are way forward, what is holding the leading edge down. Brilliant!”

Wu also received a punch from two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson after she sank the chip behind her comrades during her run for second place in the seven- to nine-year-old girls’ category of the Drivem Chip and Putt Championship. Canadian Alexis Card from Cambridge, Ontario.

Card had a total of 23 points to Wu’s 21. They were among three Canadians in the 80-field field of the sixth annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. Wu qualified in 2019 at Chambers Bay, Washington state. But when the Masters 2020 was postponed to autumn due to the pandemic, the DCP championship was moved to this year’s Masters week in Augusta. The wait was worth it for Wu, who drove the ball more than 180 meters from the tee. Not that it was easy. It never does. Wu has played an average of five days a week at Royal Colwood Golf since the family moved to the island from Tianjin, China three years ago.

“It’s very difficult to learn this sport,” said Wu after she qualified. “I want to play pro. But I know it’s not easy. “

Wu is trained by her grandfather Frank Zhang from Victoria.

“On a golf course you see wonderful things and learn a lot,” says Wu.

Wu is the island’s newest young golf prodigy. Victoria’s Jeevan Sihota was only six when he started winning championships, and the now 16-year-old has been part of Golf Canada’s centralized national team program at Bear Mountain and has a bright future if he moves to the NCAA and the professional looks. Victoria’s Gordy Scutt also made headlines at a young age as the age group world champion before becoming a Canadian junior champion and playing in the NCAA as the captain of the University of Washington Huskies and as a professional on the Canadian Tour.

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