In its thirty third year, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) will host the 2021 Itty Bitty Open on January 16 at numerous Valley-wide locations. Open to all kids age 3-5 years old, the free event offers 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. Locally, the event takes place at Deer Valley Park and Paseo Highlands Park.
After the clinics, the kids will then participate in fun-filled, non-competitive golf games and tournaments. Each golfer will receive a set of plastic golf clubs (right-handed only), 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. “In fact, after 33 years, adults who attended Itty Bitty Open decades ago are now bringing their kids, so the second generation is already here.”
A special contest with prizes will be held at each session for the “Best Dressed Golfer and Caddie Team.” Anything goes: classic golf fashion; contemporary golf fashion; or any unique golf duds that may come to mind. All winners will receive a trophy.
Space is limited; sign up before January 11 deadline. For more information, call 602-944-6168. Register online at jgaa.bluegolf.com.