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Fourth-grade golfer succeeds at Augusta competition

Michael competed in the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition in Augusta, Georgia, which he qualified for back in September.

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Michael competed in the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition in Augusta, Georgia, which he qualified for back in September.

Anamarie Martinez, News Editor

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It lives up to its reputation.

That’s the word from Whitehall fourth-grader Michael Quallich, who got to play at one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, Augusta National, over the weekend.

“It looked not real but real. There were no weeds. It was beautiful,” Michael said. “I can’t compare it to any other course. It was too nice.”

Michael competed in the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition in Augusta, Georgia, which he qualified for back in September. The competition is golf’s equivalent to football’s Punt, Pass, and Kick competition.

Augusta National Golf Club is a prestigious golf course where the Masters is played. Millions of golfers dream of playing there.

Michael said he enjoyed meeting professional golfers and walking the course.

“My favorite parts were meeting all of the players and putting on the 18th green at Augusta,” Michael said.

NBC featured Michael’s swing on its Twitter account, even comparing it to professional golfer John Daly’s swing.  

Michael’s parents, Melissa and Justin Quallich, said the Twitter video gave them a new perspective on Michael’s ability.

“I have never seen his swing in slow motion, so I am still in shock. I knew he took a big swing, but never realized that he goes that far. John Daly called Mike while we were sitting at the airport. (Daly) told him to never change anything and to stick with it,” Justin Quallich said.

Michael, who finished eighth in the national event, already has accomplished so much in his golfing career.

“My goal for next year is to get to Oakmont,” Michael said. “That’s where regionals (for the competition) are next year.”

Michael’s parents realize Michael’s skill at golf, and they are proud of his accomplishment.  

“There are no words to describe our experience. It was truly unbelievable. I am so happy for Michael, but I know he will not understand just how big this is for a long time,” Melissa Quallich said.

Michael’s father agreed.

“I don’t think this will ever set in,” Justin Quallich said.

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Anamarie Martinez, News Editor



News Editor Anamarie Martinez is a senior and this is her third year on the Purbalite. She can be found binge-watching Netflix instead of doing her...

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