Lexington middle school student will play in contest at Augusta National

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A Lexington middle school student will represent Kentucky at the historic Augusta National Golf Club next weekend.

In a state where basketball reigns supreme, Hayden Adams is helping to bring golf to the forefront here in the Bluegrass.

The 11-year-old will compete at the National Finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, Augusta National.

The competition happens the weekend leading up to The Masters Tournament.

"I don't think it has hit me. I don't think it will until I'm there and I realize how great it is. I've never been there and people say it's just amazing,” said Hayden.

Last fall, in Oakmont Pennsylvania, Hayden hit a 35-foot putt to make it to Augusta National.

Hayden’s Father, Chuck, was there when he sank the putt, "It was pretty amazing. I think I've jumped higher than I ever have. It was fun,"

Hayden picked up golf at when he was five-years-old.

He's won several state and regional tournaments and spends most of his free time at the golf course .

"He comes out every day. I bring him over here about 9:30 and I pick him up at about 6:00 every day. So, this is his life in the summertime,” Laura Adams said.

This time next week, Hayden will walk the same course as some of the greatest in the game.

"All the pros! I mean everyone from Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, all the way to Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. I want to be as good as they are,” said Hayden.

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is for kids ages 7 to 15. Hayden will be playing against nine other kids his age.

The competition is in Augusta, Georgia next Sunday.

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