First-round notes: Seaview Open

This Labor Day weekend, more than 250 players are competing in the Seaview Open at Seaview Golf Club’s Bay and Pines Courses in Galloway, New Jersey.

Two players from the host state grabbed first-round leads Saturday, as Sophia Maria Taverna carded a 5-over-par 77 and leads by four strokes in Girls 10, while Ami Gianchandani also shot 77 and leads by one stroke in Girls 13-14.

In Girls 8, Bailey Shoemaker carded three birdies and recorded one of just two under-par rounds on the day. Her 1-under-par 35 has given her a four-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

Sihan Sandhu shot the other under-par round on the day, as he birdied two of his final three holes en route to a 1-under-par 35 and a four-stroke lead in Boys 7. Sandhu is coming off a T3 showing at the World Championship and won the 2012 Seaview Open in Boys 6 & Under.

Michael Thorbjornsen, winner of the 2012 and 2013 World Championship, carded an even-par 72 and is tied with Sam Barrett atop the Boys 11 leaderboard.

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Boys 6 & Under
+2…Ben Kablack (Virginia)
+3…Jaden Worden (North Carolina)
+4…Matthew Pollak

Boys 7
-1…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)
+3…David Oliver IV (South Carolina)
+3…William Butkiewicz (Maryland)

Boys 8
+2…Jonathan Pollak (Florida)
+3…Kareem El-Kassem (North Carolina)
+4…Andrew Chen (New York)
+4…Jeremy Chen (Pennsylvania)
+4…Matthew Perry Marcelino (New Jersey)

Boys 9
E…Ronnie Kim (Virginia)
+4…Logan Paczewski (Pennsylvania)
+5…Calen Sanderson (New Jersey)

Boys 10
E…Fernando Castillo (Mexico)
+2…Garrett Engle (Pennsylvania)
+3…Luke Sample (New York)

Boys 11
E…Sam Barrett (Georgia)
E…Michael Thorbjornsen (Massachusetts)
+1…Scott Roden (Texas)
+1…William Huang (New Jersey)

Boys 12
+1…William Thomson (New York)
+2…Nathan Han (New York)
+2…Jack Wall (New Jersey)

Boys 13-14
+3…Christian Chapman (New York)
+3…Lukas Clark (Pennsylvania)
+5…Aman Gupta (North Carolina)

Girls 7 & Under
+3…Isabella Dovhey (Florida)
+7…Gloria Nip (Pennsylvania)
+8…Alejandra Castillo (Mexico)

Girls 8
-1…Bailey Shoemaker (New York)
+3…Elizabeth Beek (Pennsylvania)
+9…Samantha Galantini (New Jersey)

Girls 9
+2…Alexia Siehl (Ohio)
+5…Erin Kayla Marcelino (New Jersey)
+8…Paige Cerminaro (New Jersey)
+8…Megha Ganne (New Jersey)
+8…Jenelle Valera (New Jersey)

Girls 10
+5…Sophia Marie Taverna (New Jersey)
+9…Tiya Chowdary (New Jersey)
+11…Sydney Leyerle (Ohio)
+11…Sunshine Gu (Pennsylvania)

Girls 11
+2…Savannah Grewal (Ontario)
+3…Michaela Morard (Alabama)
+13…Allison Paik (Massachusetts)

Girls 12
+1…Caroline Curtis (Virginia)
+11…Serena Chen (New Jersey)
+15…Camille Ohalloran (New Jersey)
+15…Madeline Jin (New Jersey)

Girls 13-14
+5…Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey)
+6…Casey Morrow (Pennsylvania)
+8…Sukriti Harjai (Ontario)

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

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48 USKG players punch tickets to Augusta

The 88 finalists of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship have one thing in common: their dream to play at Augusta National will become reality next year when they compete in the inaugural championship. More than half of the participants have a second thing in common: they are either current of former players of U.S. Kids Golf tournaments.

In all, 48 U.S. Kids Golf players advanced from one of the 11 regional qualifiers and earned a trip to Augusta National next April. From that group, three players have won World Championships: Kyle Cox (2006, 2009), Alexa Pano (2011, 2012, 2013), and Karah Sanford (2011, 2013).

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Nolan Haynes (pictured right) qualified from the Illinois regional, which proved to be the strongest site for U.S. Kids Golf as all eight qualifiers from that region are past or present players. The South Texas, Southern California and Mid-Atlantic regions also had a strong showing, as U.S. Kids Golf can claim six of the eight qualifiers from those sites.

In Boys 10-11, nine of the 11 finalists are current or former U.S. Kids Golf players, while the 12-13 age division has the most female U.S. Kids Golf representatives with nine.

Congratulations to all 88 finalists!

(BOLD indicates current or former U.S. Kids Golf player.)

Georgia
Girls 7-9…Molly Hardwick
Girls 10-11…Keira Jones
Girls 12-13…Ashley Gilliam
Girls 14-15…Rheagan Hall
Boys 7-9…Edward Stephens, Jr.
Boys 10-11…Charles Warren
Boys 12-13…Bailey Smith
Boys 14-15…Henry Augenstein

Northern Texas
Girls 7-9…Makaylee Cowan
Girls 10-11…Emma Costa
Girls 12-13…Trinity King
Girls 14-15…Agnes Chu
Boys 7-9…Andrew Petruzzelli
Boys 10-11…Jayce Hargrove
Boys 12-13…Kyle Cox
Boys 14-15…Kolton Pepper

Southern Texas
Girls 7-9…Sky Sudberry
Girls 10-11…Jacqueline Nguyen
Girls 12-13…Christine Wang
Girls 14-15…Johanna Alberto
Boys 7-9…Treed Huang
Boys 10-11…Shaheen Momin
Boys 12-13…John Michael Miller
Boys 14-15…Major Gammill

Illinois
Girls 7-9…Zell Wilson
Girls 10-11…Kate Strickland
Girls 12-13…Sarah Willis
Girls 14-15…Riley Rennell
Boys 7-9…Nolan Haynes
Boys 10-11…Jason Quinlan
Boys 12-13…Nels Surtani
Boys 14-15…Patrick Akaniroj

New York / New Jersey
Girls 7-9…Nyah Kelly
Girls 10-11…Tiya Chowdary
Girls 12-13…Serena Chen
Girls 14-15…Carly Martinson
Boys 7-9…Liang-Yu (Jeremy) Chen
Boys 10-11…Joshua Ryan
Boys 12-13…Sean Haselton
Boys 14-15…Brian Frey

Pacific Northwest
Girls 7-9…Kasey Maralack
Girls 10-11…Alexa Moormeier
Girls 12-13…Natalie Pietromonaco
Girls 14-15…Maddy Kokich
Boys 7-9…Logan Medcalf
Boys 10-11…Ethan Tseng
Boys 12-13…Jack McMullin
Boys 14-15…Devin Andrews

New England
Girls 7-9…Sritha Vemur
Girls 10-11…Meghan Lane
Girls 12-13…Alexandra Chicharro
Girls 14-15…Jacqueline Gonzalez
Boys 7-9…John Honeywell
Boys 10-11…Conner Willett
Boys 12-13…Remi Chartier
Boys 14-15…Patrick Welch

Florida
Girls 7-9…Alexa Pano
Girls 10-11…Tia Walker
Girls 12-13…Latanna Stone
Girls 14-15…Amanda Gartrell
Boys 7-9…Peyton Rho
Boys 10-11…Samuel Kodak
Boys 12-13…Bryson Bianco
Boys 14-15…Chase Hurt

Southern California
Girls 7-9…Kelly Xu
Girls 10-11…Lucy Li
Girls 12-13…Karah Sanford
Girls 14-15…Skyler Wood
Boys 7-9…Tyler Stock
Boys 10-11…Leo Cheng
Boys 12-13…Tyler Carroll
Boys 14-15…Ashwin Arasu

Southwest
Girls 7-9…Raina Ports
Girls 10-11…Madeline Adam
Girls 12-13…Ashley Menne
Girls 14-15…Hunter Pate
Boys 7-9…Adam Miller
Boys 10-11…Aiden Goldstein
Boys 12-13…Caden Christopherson
Boys 14-15…Will Gallagher

Mid Atlantic
Girls 7-9…Meghan Zambruno
Girls 10-11…Lauren Clark
Girls 12-13…Lauren Freyvogel
Girls 14-15…Julia Calomiris
Boys 7-9…Andrew Reyes
Boys 10-11…Bradford Chandler
Boys 12-13…Akshay Bhatia
Boys 14-15…John Massei

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

Team USA wins World Cup, 5-3

WorldCup-USALed by a pair of 6-under-par 66s on Pinehurst No. 2, Team USA won five of the eight four-ball matches against their International counterparts and claimed the 2013 U.S. Kids Golf World Cup. The eighth-annual event featured 32 of the best 12-year-olds from last week’s World Championship.

In all, 10 of the 16 pairs recorded a round under par. After the Americans pulled out to a 2-0 lead, Lei Ye (China) and Samantha Marie Bruce (Philippines) tallied four birdies in a 3-under-par 69 and got the International on the board with a 69-71 win in the third match.

Match four proved to be pivotal, as both pairs carded one of the lowest scores of the day for their respective team. Aadil Bedi (India) and Eric Berggren (Sweden) combined for a bogey-free 33 on the front nine, but so did Ricky Castillo (California) and Preston Topper (Georgia), so the match went to the back nine tied.

A birdie on No. 13 produced a two-shot swing and gave the Americans a three-shot cushion they wouldn’t relinquish. Castillo and Topper finished with a bogey-free 66, and their 66-69 victory gave Team USA a 3-1 lead.

In Match six, Tucker Allen (Texas) and Morgan Tournemire (Florida) claimed a one-stroke victory when Allen knocked a 181-yard 3-wood to seven feet on No. 18. He couldn’t convert the birdie, but the two-putt par gave the Americans their fourth point of the day.

Yujeong Son (Oklahoma), the 2012 World Champion in this division, and Brooke Seay (California), the 2013 World Champion in this division, had the honor of recording the Cup-clinching point in match seven. A front-nine 32 included consecutive birdies on Nos. 5-8, and a 66-73 victory kept the Cup in the United States for the eighth straight year.

The International Team was represented by nine countries (Austria, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden), and the eight International teams combined to shoot 9-under-par. Kshitij Naveed Kaul (India) and Wen Liang Xie (China) carded the lowest round for the International team, as they won 67-70 in the anchor match.

Team USA was represented by nine states (California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia), and the eight American teams combined to shoot 18-under-par.

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

Final-round notes: 2013 World Championship

More than 55,000 holes of golf were played by the nearly 1,300 players this week, and by Saturday evening, 13 players were able to call themselves World Champions.

Final-round results
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Four players successfully defended their World Championship crown in their division. Michael Thorbjornsen (Wellesley, Massachusetts), the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year, carded a bogey-free 68 in the final round, which helped him erase a four-stroke deficit and win Boys 11 with a 9-under-par total. He eagled No. 16 and birdied No. 17, which pushed him two strokes ahead of Karl Vilips (Dingley Village, Australia).

Two months after he captured his third consecutive win at the European Championship, Allan Kournikova (Palm Beach, Fla.) accomplished the same feat by winning his third straight World Championship in Boys 8. Tied with Shubham Jaglan (Panipat, India) with three holes to play, Kournikova eagled No. 8 en route to a 5-under-par total and a two-stroke victory.

Not to be outdone, Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, Fla.) also captured her third straight World Championship by winning Girls 8. She went bogey-free for the tournament (7 birdies, 1 eagle) and needed just 99 strokes to complete three nine-hole rounds, and her 9-under-par total was eight shots ahead of Sara Im (Duluth, Ga.).

In Boys 7, Daniel Zou (Katy, Texas) birdied the last two holes to break a tie with Justin Bjornson (Canada) and win for the second year in a row. Zou’s 3-under-par total was two strokes ahead of Bjornson and three ahead of Kush Arora (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Sihan Sandhu (Ashburn, Va.)

Boys 12 (Pinehurst No. 8)
-12…Alexander Pak (California)
-10…Jenson Rogenes (Texas)
-7…Tucker Allen (Texas)

Boys 11 (Talamore)
-9…Michael Thorbjornsen (Massachusetts)
-7…Karl Vilips (Australia)
-6…Carson Levit (California)

Boys 10 (Little River)
-14…Benjamin James (Connecticut)
-6…Jackson Rivera (California)
-6…Alexander Yang (California)

Boys 9 (Pinehurst No. 1)
-4…Jed Dy (Philippines)
-3…Jackson Van Paris (Illinois)
-1…Luke Clanton (Florida)
-1…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama)

Boys 8 (Pine Needles)
-5…Allan Kournikova (Florida)
-3…Shubham Jaglan (India)
-2…Sean Dominique Granada (Philippines)
-2…Aidan Leblanc (Massachusetts)

Boys 7 (Pine Needles)
-3…Daniel Zou (Texas)
-1…Justin Bjornson (Canada)
E…Kush Arora (California)
E…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)

Boys 6 & Under (Midland)
-11…Jinki Yano (Japan)
-9…Max Thomas (California)
-6…Andre Zhu (Canada)

Girls 12 (Pinehurst No. 3)
E…Brooke Seay (California)
+1…Catherine Lau (South Africa)
+3…Yujeong Son (Oklahoma)

Girls 11 (Southern Pines)
-6…Karah Sanford (California)
-1…Rina Tatematsu (Thailand)
E…Michaela Morard (Alabama)

Girls 10 (Longleaf)
-12…Elle Nachmann (Florida)
-9…Mimi Chen (Florida)
-3…Stephany Kim (Dominican Republic)

Girls 9 (Longleaf)
-6…Leon Takagi (Japan)
-5…Annyka Chanel Cayabyab (Philippines)
-5…Sky Sudberry (Texas)

Girls 8 (Pine Needles)
-9…Alexa Pano (Florida)
-1…Sara Im (Georgia)
+1…Bailey Shoemaker (New York)
+1…Zell Wilson (Illinois)

Girls 7 & Under (Midland)
-3…Sofia Temelo (Mexico)
+2…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)
+2…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)

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

Second-round notes: 2013 World Championship

The moniker “World Championship” proved its worth Friday, as seven of the 13 divisions are led by international players, with the Philippines and Japan each boasting two leaders.

The Philippines’ Jed Dy leads Boys 9 and Annyka Chanel Cayabyab leads Girls 9, while Japan’s Keiichiro Takata leads Boys 7 and Jinki Yano leads Boys 6 & Under.

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In Boys 10 at Little River, 11 of top 12 players recorded rounds under par, led by Alexander Yang (Newport Coast, Calif.) and his 8-under-par 64 that included nine birdies. His two-day total of 9-under-par is only bested by first-round leader Benjamin James (Waterbury, Conn.), who is 11-under after carding rounds of 66-67.

Robintiger Williams (Peterborough, United Kingdom) nearly matched Yang’s feat, as 10 birdies helped him post a career-best round of 7-under-par 65 at Talamore. Through 36 holes, Williams is 9-under and leads by one stroke over Karl Vilips (Dingley Village, Australia) in Boys 11.

In Girls 8, Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, Fla.) carded a second-round 33 and opened up a four-stroke lead over Sara Im (Duluth, Ga.). Pano is 5-under-par for the tournament and is seeking her third straight World Championship.

Brooke Seay (San Diego, Calif.) was one of just three players to post an under-par round in Girls 12, and her 3-under-par 69 moved her nine spots up the leaderboard and into a share of the lead with 18 holes to play. She is even-par for the tournament and is tied with Yujeong Son (Norman, Okla.), the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year.

Boys 12 (Pinehurst No. 8)
-7…Tucker Allen (Texas)
-7…Alexander Pak (California)
-4…Preston Topper (Georgia)

Boys 11 (Talamore)
-9…Robintiger Williams (United Kingdom)
-8…Karl Vilips (Australia)
-7…Xiangrui Bai (China)

Boys 10 (Little River)
-11…Benjamin James (Connecticut)
-9…Alexander Yang (California)
-6…Xiong Da (China)
-6…Gordan Brixi (Maryland)

Boys 9 (Pinehurst No. 1)
-5…Jed Dy (Philippines)
E…Luke Clanton (Florida)
E…Shaheen Momin (Texas)

Boys 8 (Pine Needles)
-2…Shubham Jaglan (India)
-1…Allan Kournikova (Florida)
-1…Kale Fontenot (Louisiana)
-1…Jackson Koivun (California)

Boys 7 (Pine Needles)
-2…Keiichiro Takata (Japan)
-1…Justin Bjornson (Canada)
-1…Daniel Zou (Texas)
-1…Kush Arora (California)
-1…Shante Zhou (California)

Boys 6 & Under (Midland)
-9…Jinki Yano (Japan)
-7…Max Thomas (California)
-5…Andre Zhu (Canada)

Girls 12 (Pinehurst No. 3)
E…Brooke Seay (California)
E…Yujeong Son (Oklahoma)
+1…Isabella Holpfer (Austria)
+1…Anina Ku (New Jersey)

Girls 11 (Southern Pines)
-1…Karah Sanford (California)
E…Rina Tatematsu (Thailand)
+1…Michaela Morard (Alabama)

Girls 10 (Longleaf)
-6…Mimi Chen (Florida)
-4…Aishvarya Bedi (California)
-4…Elle Nachmann (Florida)

Girls 9 (Longleaf)
-4…Annyka Chanel Cayabyab (Philippines)
-3…Leon Takagi (Japan)
-2…Sky Sudberry (Texas)

Girls 8 (Pine Needles)
-5…Alexa Pano (Florida)
-1…Sara Im (Georgia)
E…Zell Wilson (Illinois)
E…Bailey Shoemaker (New York)

Girls 7 & Under (Midland)
-1…Sofia Temelo (Mexico)
+1…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)
+1…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)

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

First-round notes: 2013 World Championship

Through the first day of the World Championship, nine of the 13 divisions feature solo leaders, while three divisions – Boys 7, Boys 12, and Girls 12 – will have four players start with a share of the lead during Friday’s second round.

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Boys 12 (Pinehurst No. 8)
Fourteen players are in red numbers through 18 holes, and four players share the lead after carding rounds of 3-under-par 69. Jenson Rogenes (Frisco, Texas) carded six birdies in his round of 69, while Tucker Allen (Granbury, Texas), Ryujiro Ishika (Hyogo, Japan), and Wen Liang Xie (Shun De City, China) round out the group of four players tied for the lead.

Boys 11 (Talamore)
Five players recorded rounds in the 60s, led by 5-under-par 67s by Xiangrui Bai (Chongqing, China) and Marcus Smith (Rockford, Ill.). Akshay Bhatia (Wake Forest, N.C.) birdied four of his last five holes en route to a 3-under-par 69, while Carter Dalili (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Karl Vilips (Dingley Village, Australia) are also tied for third at 3-under-par.

Boys 10 (Little River)
Of the nearly 1,300 players that played Thursday, Benjamin James (Waterbury, Conn.) fired the day’s best round, a 6-under-par 66. He leads by three strokes over Eric Doyle (San Diego, Calif.), while Jordan Duminy (Mossel Bay, South Africa) and Jackson Rivera (Rossmoor, Calif.) are tied for third at 2-under-par.

Boys 9 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Jed Dy
(Taguig, Philippines) notched four birdies en route to an opening-round 70 and a one-stroke lead. Luke Clanton (Miami Lakes, Fla.) and Rory McDonald-O’Brien (Telford, United Kingdom) are tied for second at 1-under-par 71.

Boys 8 (Pine Needles – front nine)
A quartet of players lurks one stroke behind first-round leader Sean Dominique Granada (Tacloban City, Philippines), who carded a 2-under-par 34 Thursday. Four players shot 1-under-par 35, including 2012 World Champion and 2013 European Champion Allan Kournikova (Palm Beach, Fla.). The three other players tied for second are Kale Fontenot (Lafayette, La.), Alex Heard (Boca Raton, Fla.), and Shubham Jaglan (Panipat, India).

Boys 7 (Pine Needles – back nine)
Seven players are within one stroke of the lead and four players share top spot on the leaderboard after opening-round scores of 1-under-par 35. Keiichiro Takata (Okayama, Japan) and 2012 World Champion Daniel Zou (Katy, Texas) each carded bogey-free rounds, while Sihan Sandhu (Ashburn, Va.) and Justin Bjornson (Winnipeg, Manitoba) are the other two players at 1-under-par.

Boys 6 & Under (Midland Country Club)
Three birdies and an eagle gave Andre Zhu (Richmond Hill, Ontario) an opening round 31 and a one-stroke lead. Each of the three top players turned in bogey-free rounds, as Max Thomas (Modesto, Calif.) and Jinki Yano (Aichi, Japan) are tied for second after rounds of 4-under-par 32.

Girls 12 (Pinehurst No. 3)
Yujeong Son
(Norman, Okla.), the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year, recorded a 1-under-par 71 and is one of four co-leaders through 18 holes. Anina Ku (Basking Ridge, N.J.) finished T4 at the 2012 World Championship and also shares the lead, while Isabella Holpfer (Vienna, Austria) and Caroline Curtis (Glen Allen, Va.) round out the foursome atop the leaderboard.

Girls 11 (Southern Pines)
Sadie Englemann
(Austin, Texas) carded five birdies en route to a first-round 70 and a one-stroke lead. Rina Tatematsu (Bangkok, Thailand), who won the 2013 European Championship by 23 strokes, is at 1-under-par with Cordelia Lopez (Mexico) and Karah Sanford (Escondido, Calif.).

Girls 10 (Longleaf)
Three birdies and an eagle highlighted a 3-under-par 69 for first-round leader Elle Nachmann (Boca Raton, Fla.). Tied for second at 2-under-par are Karissa Kilby (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Aishvarya Bedi (San Jose, Calif.), who finished fifth at the 2012 World Championship.

Girls 9 (Longleaf – back nine)
Three players carded rounds under-par Thursday, led by a 3-under-par 33 by Annyka Chanel Cayabyab (San Juan, Philippines). A birdie on the closing hole gave Cayabyab a one-stroke lead over Sky Sudberry (Spring, Texas) and Leon Takagi (Tokyo, Japan), who both carded rounds of 2-under-par 34.

Girls 8 (Pine Needles – back nine)
Two-time World Champion Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, Fla.) took a one-stroke lead after posting a pair of birdies in her opening-round 34. Bailey Shoemaker (West Edmeston, N.Y.) carded the day’s only other round under-par, a 1-under 35, while Zell Wilson (Chicago, Ill.) is third at even-par.

Girls 7 & Under (Midland Country Club)
Sofia Temelo (Mexico) had six 3s on her scorecard Thursday. The result was three birdies, one eagle and zero bogeys, and her round of 5-under-par 31 gave her a three-stroke lead. Gracie McGovern (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is second after a 2-under-par 34, while three players are tied for third at even-par: Vanessa Borovilos (Etobicoke, Ontario), Chloe Kovelesky (Boca Raton, Fla.), and Alissa C. Xu (Canada).

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

Stay connected with the World Championship

The World Championship isn’t just about the scores at the end of the day. So many of the players’ and families’ stories are being told through USKG social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and this blog, but our friends are helping us tell the stories, too.

Pinehurst Resort has spent time talking with the competitors and learned why they love golf, and that it’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst, no matter what language you speak.

Local media outlets have shown great support of the event. In addition to U.S. Kids Golf’s photo gallery from the Parade of Nations, The Pilot posted a photo gallery of its own and also published a special 16-page insert that celebrates the championship and what it means to the community.

The Aberdeen Times helped tell the story of Ethan Davidson, recipient of the 2013 Peggy Kirk Bell Award, while the Fayetteville Observer’s Stephen Schramm explains that love of practice unites competitors at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.

Even with the support of local media, so many of the best stories from the week are being told by the players and parents themselves. Join the conversation with U.S. Kids Golf and the Golf Channel on Instagram. Follow @GolfChannel and @USKidsGolfFDN, and post pictures using the hashtag #USKidsGolfChannel.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
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