Worcester Freshman Wins Regional Golf Event

Worcester Freshman Wins Regional Golf Event
Worcester Prep freshman golfer Michael DePalma last month won the title in his age bracket at the Drive, Chip and Putt regional competition. Pictured above, DePalma fires a shot during the competition. Submitted photo

BERLIN- Worcester Prep freshman Michael DePalma last month placed first in the boys’ 14-15 division of the Drive, Chip and Putt Oak Hill regionals and has qualified for the nationals in Augusta in April.

DePalma started golfing with his father and grandfather at the age of nine and quickly realized his passion for the sport. A year later, he started to play competitively, and by the time he reached the sixth grade, he had won a number of golf tournaments. DePalma started playing golf for Worcester Prep’s middle school team when he was in the seventh grade and is playing on the varsity team this year as a freshman. He also plays in the Under Armor Junior Tour’s Eastern Shore League, where he was won several tournaments in recent years.

He will also compete in the Hurricane Junior Tour with tournaments in New Jersey and North Carolina this fall. In 2019, DePalma was watching the Drive, Chip and Putt competition with his family, who encouraged him to sign up and compete.

“This was my first and only time trying for this tournament,” he said. “I had zero expectations with how I would do in the tournament. I just wanted to see how well I could do.”

At the Drive, Chip and Putt regional event, each golfer is given three attempted and DePalma scored the highest in his division with a 68 in drive, a 40 in chip and a 45 in putt, resulting in a total score of 153, which was good enough for first place in his division.

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About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.