Fort Fairfield's Michael Bruce hopes to earn another trip Augusta National in Georgia. The 10 year old is one step way from the National Drive Chip and Putt Championships held the weekend before the Masters Golf Tournament. Bruce won the Sub Regional qualifier in Massachusetts and will now travel to Winged Foot in New York for the Regional Championship next month.
Michael Bruce:" I was very excited and did very well. I posted a record.
Bruce ended with 126 points in the regional ending with 50 points apiece in both the chipping and putting and ending with 26 points after putting all three drives on the grid.
Bruce:" I practiced very hard the three weeks before that."
Bruce is a familiar face at Aroostook Valley. His parents providing the transportation.
Bruce:" Pretty much every single day. I might take a day off maybe once a month unless it is thundering and lightning and I can't go out."
Bruce spends a lot of his time on the putting green working on his putting and chipping which are strong parts of his game
Bruce:" Putting, but I still need to work on my chipping. I would say probably yes."
Bruce's has a very simple reason for wanting to be at the course every day.
Bruce:" It seems really fun when you make a 30 foot birdie putt or you shoot a new low score. It just gives you that feeling inside."
Even at his size he can still hit a drive a long way
Bruce:" 207 yards."
The soon to be 11 year old doesn't just practice on the putting green he likes getting in a competitive match with his father. Michel plays the red tees and puts up some low numbers for someone who is just entering sixth grade.
Bruce:" I shot three 39's this year and it basically comes down to my short game."
Bruce was at the National Drive Chip and Putt competition in April of 2017. He said that was the thrill of a lifetime
Bruce:" I don't know if it was putting on the 18th green or meeting some of my favorite golfers."
He was able to shake hands with Jordan Spieth who is one of his favorite golfers
Michael is hoping that Winged Foot in New York, which has hosted several major championships over the years will springboard him to an even more famous course Augusta National.
Bruce:" I will be very excited and will be proud of myself."