The Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) will host the Itty Bitty Open on January 15 at numerous Valley-wide locations. It is open to all youngsters ages 3-5 years old. The free event has three clinic times per location starting a 9, 10 and 11 a.m. where juniors and their parents will learn the basics skills of golf taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals. After the clinics, the kids will participate in fun-filled, non-competitive golf games and tournaments. Each golfer will receive a set of plastic golf clubs, balls, a bag, and a visor; participants are asked to leave their own clubs at home. An adult “caddie” must accompany each golfer.
“The Itty Bitty Open is a great way for parents to introduce their children to the game of golf,” says Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “It’s always fun to see so many kids having such a good time. It’s very exciting to think that a three-year-old kid attending the Itty Bitty Open will likely still be playing the game for decades to come. We’re honored to help them begin that journey.”
A special contest will be held at each session for the “Best Dressed Golfer and Caddie Team.” Anything goes for the contest: classic golf fashion; contemporary golf fashion; or any unique golf duds that may come to mind. All winners will receive a trophy.
Locally, the Itty Bitty Tournament takes place at Rio Vista Community Center, located at 8866 W. Thunderbird Road in Peoria. Visit the Itty Bitty Open website for a full list of locations, many across the North Valley.
Space is limited; sign up before January 10 deadline at jgaa.org/membership/itty-bitty-open. For those would like to check availability after the entry deadline, call 602-944-6168.