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Snoqualmie's Kasey Maralack wins national drive championship
Young Snoqualmie golfer Kasey Maralack is making a name for herself in youth golf circles.
Maralack, age 9, won the Driving Championship in the Drive Chip and Putt championship at Augusta National on Sunday, April 6, in Augusta, Ga., with a 162-foot drive, her first at the event. Her second drive was 137 yards. She was one of four winners in the girls’ 7-9 age division.
She plays and practices at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Her coach, Seth Westfall, Director of Instruction at the TPC, has helped her become more consistent with her drives, chipping and putting.
Maralack started playing at the age of 3 and played her first tournament at 7. She started playing by watching her sister Caitlin competing in golf tournaments all these years. In typical sibling fashion, her goal is always to try and beat Caitlin.
She is trying to qualify for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst, N.C., and played the qualifier recently in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Kasey was extremely excited and proud of her accomplishment, says her dad, Dave Maralack of Snoqualmie. She understands the magnitude of the opportunity to play at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, and of being an ambassador for junior golf.