Local girl makes national golf tournament

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Usually, it takes a few years for a kid to find their game on the golf course, but a Webberville golf phenom decided she only needed a year to make the national stage.

"My full name is Paige Alexandria Radebach...my initials are PAR, which means I was born to golf."

Surprisingly, it took about eight years for Paige to pick up a golf club.

"A year later she's going to Augusta...it's pretty special, that's for sure," said her father, Matt.

Paige was one of 80 kids nationwide to be invited to the annual Drive Chip and Putt national finals in Augusta, Georgia, ahead of the Masters Tournament. Of course, playing on such a big stage takes lots of dedication.

"She's practicing almost every day. In the summer, we'd go chip and putt at a local course," said Matt. "I was dragging her from the course, she wouldn't want to leave."

During the winter, her routine might change. But the cold doesn't slow her down.

"I can't go to a course and play but I can practice so i practice at home almost every day," said Paige.

"She's still working hard, she really enjoys it," said Matt.

On top of her drive to win and fitting initials, Paige has another secret weapon: her Michigan State golf ball. With it, she was able to drain 15 and 30 foot putts in the first, second and final rounds to help her qualify for the national final.

"My coach gave me this one, and I tried all of them, but this was the one that was lucky," Paige said.

With her ball, a near perfect swing, and some well wishes, expect nothing less than a phenomenal showing from Paige.

"She knows she has all the love and support she needs to get down there and do the best she can," said Matt, "so it's phenomenal."