ATLANTA - U.S. Kids Golf has announced a series of competitive events designed to give local youngsters an opportunity to develop their golf skills and test their games at top area courses this summer. The Tampa Local Tour includes five one-day tournaments leading up to the Tour Championship.
Tour events, which are open to boys and girls 12 and under, are played on regulation courses that have been shortened through the use of age- and gender-appropriate tees placed closer to the hole. Shorter holes promote enjoyment of the game, better scoring and competition, according to tour officials. Parents are encouraged to caddie for their sons and daughters.
Players can register for Tour events by going to www.uskidsgolf.com and clicking on Tournaments. A player's age on July 31, 2007, determines his or her age group for Tour events.
The Tampa Tour begins on May 31 at Bellview Biltmore Golf Club in Clearwater and continues with weekly events at The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, Beacon Woods Golf and Country Club in Bayonet Point, Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O'Lakes and Fox Hollow Golf Club in New Port Richey. All events are stroke play with competitors grouped by age and gender. Players earn points based on their finish at each event.
The player with the most points in each age and gender group at the end of the Tour season will be named Player of the Year and receive an invitation to a U.S. Kids Golf Regional Championship and to the 2008 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst.