More than 80 young golfers took over the Butte Creek Country Club in Chico on Friday morning.
They came to learn the game or hone their skills and a few of them left with a chance to win the trip of a lifetime.
They were here to Drive Chip and Putt all of them competing for first place.
This is the first round in a national competition with the goal of growing the game of golf for the next generation.
"It's pretty laid back, very low key, not very stressful if you don't want it to be," Brian Rich, player development director for the NCPGA said.
They came for different reasons.
"My sister did Drive Chip and Putt last year and I wanted to try it too," said Koen Hodgdon, a competitor from Cottonwood.
"It's practically all my life besides my family," said Theresa Shaw, a competitor from Auburn.
Theresa Shaw was here from Auburn. The 12-year-old is the daughter of a golf pro.
"I grew up at a golf course." Shaw said.
She can really hit the ball.
"I want to get a scholarship and one day become LPGA," Shaw said.
Others play the game for a more simple reason.
"I like that you hit it and when you putt, you hit it in the hole," Hodgdon said.
"The kids, the parents, everybody says they have a great time," Rich said.
The top three in each age group have the chance to move on to the next round in Sacramento then to the Olympic Club in San Francisco and if they win there.
"They have the opportunity to get out there and be amongst those professionals, and it's cool that those professionals actually come out and greet these guys and cheer them on as well," Rich said.
"It's nice to go somewhere big where the pros have been, the Masters," Shaw said.
The finals of the Drive Chip and Putt competition are held each year at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters, one of golf's major championships.
That's a long way off and the kids here today have more immediate goals.
"It's something fun and then it can get you ready for the season," Shaw said.
That’s what this competition is all about.
Theresa Shaw did in fact qualify for the next round by finishing third in her age.More