Hugh Faulkner II is Harper's Healthcare Division Specialist and a well renowned construction professional. His son Hugh Faulkner III, an 8 year old golfing phenom, finished second overall in the Augusta National Drive, Chipp, & Putt Competition this past Sunday. Hugh finished first overall in the putting portion of the competition as well.
To compete at Augusta, Hugh advanced in dramatic fashion from the regional Drive, Chipp, & Putt Competition. Last September at the Congressional Country Club, Hugh approached the putting green without his name on the leaderboard. However, he calmly sunk the six foot putt. Then, he drained the 15 foot putt and his name began to inch its way up the leaderboard. On the 30 foot putt, Hugh gathered himself, found his line, and gave the ball a rapp. There was a huge break to the putt and the crowd oohed and aahhed as the ball approached. When the ball clanked into the hole, all those in attendance were beside themselves. Hugh was the only player out of 800 regional finalists, nationwide, to make all of his three putts.
At Augusta, there were a total of 80 finalists from around the country who were invited to compete in driving, chipping and putting. Within each age division, there were 20 participants - 10 boys and 10 girls . The putting portion of the competition took place on the 18th green at Augusta National, the chipping at the practice area, and the driving on the driving range.
Hugh III was featured in the Greenville News before and after competing at Augusta National. Hugh II jokes, "I now walk around and introduce myself as Hugh Faulkner's father." Hugh II has always been an avid golfer himself, but now he says that he spends more time than ever on the golf course, only that he's caddying for his son. He doesn't mind. Like any proud parent, he beams from head to toe when discussing the success of his son on the golf course. And why shouldn't he?
“I was on the practice putting green with my dad right before we competed, and I looked over and (PGA Tour pro) Zach Johnson was right beside me working on short putts,” Hugh said. “It was so awesome! I was calm and confident after that.” (from Greenville News article)