Notre Dame Prep. Student Readies for Drive, Chip & Putt by Lynette Carrington Notre Dame Prep. Student Readies for Drive, Chip & Putt National FinalsMason Quagliata has been playing golf for five years. The Notre Dame Prep. sophomore recently won the regional competition of Drive, Chip & Putt at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, and will now travel to the Drive, Chip & Putt Championships in Augusta, GA.“I did golf camps over the summers, and I really enjoy golf,” states Quagliata of his interest in the sport of golf. “My dad and mom both play golf, too.” Both of his parents have been very encouraging of his golf pursuits. “About three years into golfing, I figured I could be really good at it if I just practiced every day.” That is exactly what he did. He buckled down and now practices golf at least six days a week.Over the years, Quagliata has worked with four different golf coaches on improving his game and techniques. Right now, he is working with John Kostis, whose own father instructs PGA tour professionals. Quagliata is also a proud member of the Notre Dame Prep varsity golf team.“This year, the Notre Dame Prep. golf team has done really well,” Quagliata explains. “We were ranked No. 1 in Division 2 going into state, and then we came in fifth at state.” Senior and fellow golf team member, JJ Gresco has served as an inspiration and mentor to Quagliata.Augusta BoundQuagliata is now packing his bags and getting ready for the national Drive, Chip & Putt competition, beginning March 31 in Augusta, where he will be competing for the national title against nine other golfers in his age division. Both of his parents will get a chance to join him at the competition.“I’m mostly looking forward to going to Augusta and seeing some great players,” he says. He’s spent a lot of time perfecting driving, putting and chipping, and he says he’s ready to compete. During his four-day stay in Augusta, Quagliata is hoping to get out and do some sightseeing.Notre Dame Prep and Life After High School“I like the size of this school. It’s pretty small,” Quagliata says. “You know almost everybody in your grade and it’s easy to get around the campus.” He also recently joined the National Honor Society. Once he graduates from Notre Dame Prep, Quagliata would like to play golf at the collegiate level, or possibly as a pro. “I’d like to go to college anywhere I can play. I don’t have a preference.” He states that he would like to study business in college. Notre Dame Preparatory High SchoolOpened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep. is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of about 920 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale. For more information or to schedule a tour of the spacious campus, visit www.ndpsaints.org or call (480) 634-8200.