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First Tee gearing up to host youth golf tour
by Aaron Retherford
Aug 19, 2011 | 828 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The First Tee of Northern Nevada, along with the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, is bringing a new experience to the area for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 next month.

The U.S. Kids Golf Reno Local Tour kicks off on Sept. 18 at Eagle Valley Golf Course (East). The tour continues each week until the tour championship on Oct. 23 at Silver Oak Golf Club. Other tournament sites are Somersett Golf and Country Club, Wildcreek Golf Club, Thunder Canyon Golf Club and Washoe Golf Course.

The tour will be operated by The First Tee of Northern Nevada. Chris Dewar, TFTNN Program Director, will act as Tour Director.

“This is the first year for this tour, so I am so excited to get it going,” Dewar said. “It will provide boys and girls ages 14 and under, the opportunity to advance their golf skills and knowledge of the game through age appropriate competition at the local level. As the tour director, my responsibilities are to grow our local tour by increasing participation. The local tours are part of U.S. Kids Golf’s overall mission, to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf at an early age and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories.”

Dewar said the organization is hoping for at least 35 kids per tournament. Registration is open now until one week prior to each tournament.

There are many positives of this tour. Competition is split up by gender and age. There are no multiple age groups with the exception of 6-under boys and 7-under girls, so kids will only compete against kids of the same age. The tournaments will also use six different forward tees depending on age and gender in order to encourage realistic scores, enhance pace of play and maximize the enjoyment of the game.

U.S. Kids Golf tournaments are nine- and 18-hole events, depending upon the player’s age.

Kids don’t need to be nervous about participating in these tournaments, which normally would be a slightly daunting task to newer golfers. The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation local tour events encourage parents and family members to act as caddies for the younger golfers. The focus of these tournaments is kids 14 and under because the foundation hopes to grow the game of golf by building on a base of youth golfers.

However, the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation tours still cater to golfers of any skill level. The elite youth golfers at the local level can earn a chance to qualify for regional, international and worldwide championships.

The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation organizes more than 400 golf tournaments for kids each year, including local tours in more than 40 cities, 10 qualifiers across the nation, six regional championships, a European championship and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship, which are held each year in Pinehurst, N.C. at the Pinehurst Resort. The World Championship is the largest youth golf tournament in the world.

“I can’t wait for the tour to begin. It should be a ton of fun for the kids and their families,” Dewar said.

Contact Dewar at 775-851-2332 or cdewar@tftnn.org for more information. You can find your Local Tour and register online at www.uskidsgolf.com.

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