Ressie Lemmon, a third grader at Fortville Elementary School, has just recently advanced to the ages seven through nine Drive, Chip, and Putt (DCP) National Finals at Augusta. Ressie scored 93 points at the Regional Qualifier at Oakland Hills to advance her to the Nationals.
As a multi-sport athlete, Ressie manages to work hard perfecting her golf skills; while also participating in soccer, basketball, and gymnastics. Ressie is quite dedicated to the game; she practices golf three or four times a week. During the golf season, she tries to play twice per week when her other sports activities don’t interfere.
Her parents, April and Adam Lemmon, came across the Drive, Chip and Putt (DCP) while searching for competitions for their oldest son to participate in. After seeing him play, Ressie and her sister decided that they want to take part in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition as well.
Golf has been made into a family affair for them which, their mom believes, is why they love it so much. The oldest three Lemmon children golf competitively and are coached by their “Pappaw,” Tom Kirby. The oldest son had a club in his hand before he could walk.
April shared, “Golf is such a unique sport in that it teaches so many lessons, including mental toughness and overcoming adversity independently.”
April Lemmon stated the DCP competition helps to foster the children’s love for golf, with the only criteria to participate being age. Ressie received second place at the local qualifier in Columbus, Indiana, with her little sister winning first place. In that competition, the top three advanced to the Sub-Regional. The Sub-Regional took place in Lebanon, Indiana where Ressie won first place. After winning the Sub-Regional competition, Ressie advanced to Oakland Hills, Michigan and received, yet another first place win. Ressie will now advance to compete at the DCP National Finals in Augusta on April 5, 2020. The finals will be televised live on the Golf Channel.
Ressie shared, “I am most looking forward to attending a Masters practice round and that my whole family gets to come and watch me at Augusta National.”
The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation wishes Ressie Lemmon the best of luck as she achieves her goal to compete at a National Level!