We should probably remember the name Mateo Rascon.
Rascon (at far right, in purple), 11, of West Burlington, finished runner-up in the boys 10-11 division at the national Drive, Chip & Putt finals on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.
The Drive, Chip & Putt competition tests those three skills based on distance for the drive and proximity to the hole in the chip and putt skills. Rascon showed power along with great finesse both on the way to and at Augusta.
Mateo won the drive competition with a distance of over 245 yards. He then finished 3rd in the chipping portion, giving him the lead heading into the 3rd and final stage, putting. He faced a final putt which he needed to get within four feet, but the tricky Augusta National greens that have caused so much frustration for tour professionals over the years, bit Mateo as his putt slide past the hole and finished beyond four feet. That left him in second place. Liam Hartling of Redlands, Calif. was the champion.
Rascon credits Burlington Golf Club PGA Professional Joe Butler as well as his grandfather and father for helping hone his skills. Butler, as well as many family and friends, made the trip to Augusta with Mateo. While he didn’t emerge as the national champion, he certainly made the golfers of Iowa proud over the weekend.