Holland's Andrew LaCongo preparing for Augusta

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 14:47:30-04

Fifteen-year-old Andrew LaCongo is preparing to tee off at one of the most historic golf courses in the entire world.

"I've dream of going there and competing The Masters," he said.  "But I never thought about going there any time soon."

The Holland native is one of 80 golfers that will participate in the Drive Chip and Putt National Championships at Augusta National ahead of The Masters on Sunday.

Falling just short of qualifying a year ago, Andrew broke through and qualified after winning the regional title at Oakmont, which will host the US Open later this year.

"I always dreamed to be this good and knew I had to just work and get better," he said.

"I still get goosebumps thinking about it," his dad, Chris added. "We were in shock the first week, my wife and I were, thinking about going to Augusta. All the hard work he's had has paid off."

A lefty, his favorite golfer goes by the same moniker and has won three Green Jackets at the famed course.

"I always look up to Phil (Mickelson) because he keeps a calm mindset and is confident. I just look at him now and how good of a pro he's become."

Now, Andrew will get a chance to to join Lefty as a champion at Augusta.

"Kinda got to stay focused. Just competing at Augusta will bring a little bit of nerves. But, I just have to stay confident and positive."