USKG alumni at the U.S. Women’s Open

The world’s best have gathered in Southampton, N.Y., to compete in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open. A decade ago, the scene wasn’t too different for seven of these players, as the 2003 USKG World Championship was the peak of their very young golf careers.

In 2003, the Girls 8 & Under division featured Lexi Thompson (1st), Cindy Feng (2nd), Casie Cathrea (T7) and Shannon Aubert (T7). Mariah Stackhouse finished T6 in Girls 9, while Tiffany Lua (3rd) and Amy Meier (20th) competed in Girls 12.

In addition to these seven players, Annie Park competed in two World Championships (2005, 2006), and finished 2nd and T6, respectively.

In all, these eight USKG alumni combined to compete in 28 World Championships from 2002-2008, and amassed 17 top-five finishes and six championships (Feng – 2004, 2007, 2008; Thompson – 2003, 2004; Cathrea – 2005).

Just as these eight players did when they were junior golfers, hundreds will compete at this year’s World Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. (Aug. 1-3), hoping that they too are on a path to compete at a U.S. Open a decade from now.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

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Nation’s Best on USKG Local Tour schedules

This summer, 41 Local Tours will offer 327 one-day events for kids 5-14 years old. Among the venues are 12 courses that ranked among the best in the state, according to Golfweek.

Course (Local Tour – Rank, State)

  • Limestone Springs (Birmingham – No. 6, Alabama)
  • Timberline (Birmingham – No. 8, Alabama)
  • Boulders Resort (Phoenix – No. 12, Arizona)
  • Rustic Canyon (Los Angeles – No. 4, California)
  • The Breakers (West Palm Beach – No. 21, Florida)
  • Ravisloe Country Club (Chicago – No. 13, Illinois)
  • The Bluffs Golf Resort (SE Louisiana – No. 4, Louisiana)
  • Boulder Creek (Las Vegas – No. 13, Nevada)
  • Pinehurst No. 8 (Pinehurst – No. 8, North Carolina)
  • Forest Ridge Golf Course (Tulsa – No. 5, Oklahoma)
  • Makefield Highlands (Philadelphia – No. 9, Pennsylvania)
  • Brackenridge Park (San Antonio – No. 12, Texas)

For a complete listing of Local Tours and schedules, visit http://www.uskidsgolf.com/localtours.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

Add parenting to your tournament strategy

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Picking a target. Studying an approach shot. Reading a putt. These elements of the caddie-player relationship are important, but U.S. Kids Golf thinks the tournament experience is more than just course management.

USKG and its partner Positive Coaching Alliance hope to teach life lessons through competitive sports, and a parent’s role in working toward this goal is especially important because many parents serve as caddies during USKG tournaments.

Through PCA’s Second-Goal Parent program, parents can learn how to introduce their children into competitive athletics. This is central to USKG’s mission to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories, and the PCA is a way for parents to enhance the interaction between the young player and their family in competitive golf tournaments.

A suburban Chicago park district has similar goals, and USKG hopes to spread this message by offering its parents an incentive to complete the PCA program. After completing the course at a discounted rate of $15, parents may redeem a $25 credit for their child’s entry into a USKG tournament. Complete details can be found on the USKG website.

Course management is integral to a player’s success, and with help from Positive Coaching Alliance, U.S. Kids Golf is hoping to add player management to a parent’s caddying arsenal.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards