Local Golfer To Play For National Championship

Ashley Gilliam will compete for the title in April, 2015... Photo provided,

Ashley Gilliam will compete for the title in April, 2015… Photo provided,

Ashley Gilliam of Manchester, who attends Coffee County Middle School has done it again. She has qualified for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship.
Ashley Gilliam made the National Finals last year in the Drive, Chip and Putt inaugural competition and finished 3rd overall.
This year in her attempt to make a return trip to Augusta National, Ashley won the local qualifier in Chattanooga and the sub regional in Smyrna to advance to the regional finals at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA.
Ashley won the driving competition and tied for 1st in putting at the Regional. By winning the Regional she advances to the National Finals for a 2nd straight year. She is only one of two of last year’s finalists to make it back to Augusta National, home of the Masters. Only 80 players will make it, 10 in each age group, 40 girls and 40 boys.
The 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals will be held April 5, 2015 at the Augusta National Golf Club and televised on Golf Channel.
Samuel Prater from Manchester also competed in the regional final at TPC Sugarloaf after winning the sub regional in Smyrna. Prater finished 2nd in driving and 3rd in putting at the regional, just barely missing out on a trip to the national championship.