AUGUSTA, Georgia (KHON2) — Leo Saito was among 80 children across the country who were in the 2022 Drive, Chip and Putt national finals at the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia on Sunday, April 3.
The 11-year-old Hilo boy placed third in the boys division ages 10 to 11.
In order to be in the 2022 Drive, Chip and Putt event, he earned a place by going to a qualifying event in Arizona.
His mom Misaki, dad Syuck Ki, and younger brother Lenny were all there to support him.
The St. Joseph School fifth grader said his grandfather in Japan golfs, and when his mother asked him if he wanted to golf, he said yes.
The 2022 Drive, Chip and Putt national finals aired live on the Golf Channel.
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