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Country Club of Landfall (CCL) Head Professional Golfers’ Association professional Sara Bush will be featured in a national spotlight airing on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Wednesday, April 13 for her involvement in the growing Drive, Chip & Putt competition within the Carolinas PGA section. The show airs from 7-11 a.m. each weekday.

With more than 2,000 PGA professionals throughout North and South Carolina, the Carolinas PGA section has established itself as a leader in junior golf initiatives, including Drive, Chip & Putt.

Sara Bush. Photo courtesy- Alday Communications Inc.
Sara Bush. Photo courtesy- Alday Communications Inc.

A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf developmental event aimed at growing the sport by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in the game.

The Carolinas PGA section hosts 14 Drive, Chip & Putt qualifying events between June and August, with thousands of boys and girls ages 7-15 participating and more than 100 Carolinas PGA professionals and Apprentices volunteering their time for these events.

“As soon as the national campaign for Drive, Chip & Putt was announced, I knew it was a program that we wanted to pursue here at CCL,” said Bush, who joined Country Club of Landfall in 2005 from the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook in Tampa, Florida, where she was the resident head professional. “This year will be our third year hosting and we couldn’t be more excited. Myself along with the rest of the professional staff take time to plan what we want to be a fun-filled and memorable day for all junior participants and their parents.”

Wednesday’s showcase in Wilmington will focus on Bush’s work leading up to the Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier at her club. Bush’s creativity over the past two years has grown the event from approximately 150 participants in 2014 to 200 last year. This year’s Country Club of Landfall qualifier is set for July 7.

“There are few things more rewarding than watching these kids, filled with excitement, try their best in each of the individual events,” Bush added. “My team works side by side with the Carolinas PGA section and over 40 CCL member volunteers to make sure that our qualifier is one of the best in the nation. Hosting events such as these are what get juniors involved with golf and hopefully turns them into lifelong players.”

During her college years, Bush won the New Brunswick Provincial Amateur, shooting the ladies’ course record. She also served as captain of Team Canada when they traveled to Ireland to play in a world collegiate event.

In celebration of its centennial, the PGA of America has partnered with Golf Channel to highlight all 41 PGA Sections and their featured programs and initiatives led by PGA professionals nationwide.

“In celebrating our centennial, we want to honor our 28,000 men and women PGA professionals in all PGA sections across the country,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “Each day, they’re growing the game and using golf to better lives in their communities, as evidenced by efforts like those of the Carolinas PGA section. We’re very proud of these PGA professionals and look forward to highlighting their efforts this year.”