Local Golf Wunderkind Heads to Augusta

Jeff Seong of Tacoma describes himself as an “average 9 year old who loves playing Minecraft, swimming with friends, and going fishing with (my) dad.” He loves watching the Harry Potter movies, listening to Taylor Swift, and he idolizes pro golfers Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Courtesy of Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals.

Jeff Seong, 9, heads to the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals this weekend. Courtesy of Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals.

However, an “average 9 year old” doesn’t often get the opportunity to play at the Augusta National Golf Club among 79 junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and one Canadian province in the fourth annual Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals.

“Jeff is a talented and determined young man who has the skillset and heart to take him places,” said Tracy Peacock, executive director of The First Tee of South Puget Sound. “As serious a golfer as Jeff is, he is also one of the kindest, respectful, and humble young men we’ve coached, who also has a very fun, playful side to him. Jeff exudes The First Tee Nine Core Values, both on and off the golf course, and is an inspiration to us all in this community. We are so proud of him.”

The competition will take place this Sunday, April 2, prior to the state of the Masters Tournament and will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

is the managing editor of South Sound magazine. Email her.
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