April 6, 2019 3:51 pm
Updated: April 8, 2019 2:41 pm

Candiac youth only Quebecer heading to Augusta elite golf competition

WATCH: An 11-year-old boy from Candiac is embarking on the journey of a lifetime. As Global’s Billy Shield reports, Andy Mac will be going shoulder to shoulder with some of the best young golfers in North America at the Drive, Chip and Putt finals in Augusta Georgia.

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UPDATE: Andy tied for fifth place at the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday.

Andy Mac is heading to Augusta, Georgia. And though it’s the home of the Masters Golf Tournament, he isn’t going there as any kind of spectator, but as a participant

Mac is the only Quebecer participating in the annual Drive, Chip and Putt Finals — a skills competition for elite young golfers on Sunday.

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The 11-year-old from Candiac told Global News he practices four hours a day in the summer, and two hours a day in the winter.

Mac’s family is immensely proud of his accomplishments so far.

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“It makes me believe, you know? I feel the same thing he’s feeling because he’s my son,” said his mother, Yurie Artola.

Mac speaks four languages — English, French, Spanish and Vietnamese, the last two he learned from his Salvadoran mother and Vietnamese father, respectively.

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He also started golfing at age three. When asked about the secret to his success, he replied:

“I just commit to my shot, and think positive I’m going to hit it well.”

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