SAN DIEGO – A 15-year-old golfer is one of three San Diego teens who earned an invitation to compete at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championships in Augusta, Georgia as part of the 2014 Masters Week.
Ashwin Arasu opportunity to play on the historic course not only fulfills a childhood dream, it puts him one step closer to reaching a bigger one – becoming a professional golfer.
“When I found out, I was ecstatic,” said Arasu. “I couldn`t believe I have an opportunity to go to a place like Augusta. It’s so magical. It would mean all my hard work I’ve put in has paid off.”
The sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy qualified for the finals by winning a regional tournament by 34 points in San Diego in August of last year.
Arasu picked up his first club at 6 years old living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, shortly after his parents moved to the U.S. from India.
“They wanted to play golf to do something together and I wanted to join them, too,” he said. “I remember my first shot. It was with a driver, because I just wanted to hit it as far as I could. It felt so good, I just wanted to keep playing.”
Arasu won his first local tournament at age seven and went on to place multiple times in the Callaway Junior World Golf Tournaments.
“Coming to this tournament is why we fell in love with San Diego and why we moved here,” he said.
Arasu will compete in the championship during this Sunday’s event.