U.S. Kids Golf celebrates “The Short Game” premiere

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The World Championship took to the big screen last weekend, and U.S. Kids Golf players, parents and staff gathered across the country to watch the premiere of “The Short Game.”

The movie was shown in two Atlanta theaters, and dozens of U.S. Kids Golf staff members and their families traveled 13 miles from the office and watched with players and parents from the Atlanta Local Tour (photo above).

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Some of the film’s stars helped celebrate the opening by answering questions from audiences on opening night. Allan Kournikova and Alexa Pano hosted a Q&A in West Palm Beach, Fla. (pictured right), Amari Avery and producer Chris Leggett appeared at a showing in Orange, Calif., and Sky Sudberry was part of the premiere in The Woodlands, Texas.

Did you see the movie last weekend with friends and family? Were you part of the Q&A sessions at any of the premieres? Share with us your photos on our Facebook page, and if you’re planning on seeing the film this weekend in any of the 10 markets nationwide, take a photo and share it with us next week!

Reviews:
Golf Digest
USA Today
New York Times
Houston Chronicle
LA Times
Boston Globe

Interviews with director Josh Greenbaum:
Golf Digest
Golf.com

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

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Final-round notes: Seaview Open

The Seaview Open featured more than 250 players competing in 15 divisions, and 12 of the champions prevailed after holding at least a share of the first-round lead.

Sihan Sandhu notched his second straight victory at Seaview Golf Club by winning Boys 7 with a 2-under-par total. He carded back-to-back rounds of 35 and won by nine strokes over Samuel Duran and David Oliver IV.

Ben Kablack entered the final round with a one-stroke lead in Boys 6 & Under, and he broke away from the pack with a bogey-free 31 in the final round. He carded an eagle and three birdies Sunday en route to a 3-under-par total and a 12-stroke victory over Jaden Worden.

In Boys 11, Connery Meyer turned a two-stroke deficit into a three-stroke victory after a tournament-best round of 7-under-par 65. His final round included eight birdies and just one bogey, which helped him post a 5-under-par total and claim the title over two-time World Champion Michael Thorbjornsen, who finished second at 2-under-par.

In Girls 11, Michaela Morard began the final round trailing Savannah Grewal by one stroke. A birdie on No. 11 gave Morard a one-stroke lead, and birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 extended her lead to three, which proved to be her final margin of victory. In all, Morard carded four birdies in her final-round 71 and won with a 2-over-par total.

By carding a final-round 72 in Boys 13-14, Aman Gupta joined Morard and Meyer as the third comeback champion Sunday. His 5-over-par total was three strokes better than Lukas Clark and Connor Looney.

Final results
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Boys 6 & Under
-3…Ben Kablack (Virginia)
+9…Jaden Worden (North Carolina)
+11…Matthew Pollak

Boys 7
-2…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)
+7…Samuel Duran (Panama)
+7…David Oliver IV (South Carolina)

Boys 8
+5…Jonathan Pollak (Florida)
+7…Andrew Chen (New York)
+7…Matthew Perry Marcelino (New Jersey)

Boys 9
-2…Ronnie Kim (Virginia)
+6…Logan Paczewski (Pennsylvania)
+15…Terry Kim (Virginia)

Boys 10
+3…Fernando Castillo (Mexico)
+7…Garrett Engle (Pennsylvania)
+8…Matthew Griggs (Texas)
+8…Luke Sample (New York)

Boys 11
-5…Connery Meyer (Georgia)
-2…Michael Thorbjornsen (Massachusetts)
+1…Carter Dalili (Florida)

Boys 12
-2…William Thomson (New York)
+4…Jack Wall (New Jersey)
+7…Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic)
+7…Nathan Han (New York)

Boys 13-14
+5…Aman Gupta (North Carolina)
+8…Lukas Clark (Pennsylvania)
+8…Connor Looney (Connecticut)

Girls 7 & Under
+10…Isabella Dovhey (Florida)
+14…Gloria Nip (Pennsylvania)
+20…Alejandra Castillo (Mexico)
+20…Nicole Criscone (New York)

Girls 8
-1…Bailey Shoemaker (New York)
+3…Elizabeth Beek (Pennsylvania)
+21…Samantha Galantini (New Jersey)

Girls 9
+8…Alexia Siehl (Ohio)
+14…Erin Kayla Marcelino (New Jersey)
+15…Megha Ganne (New Jersey)
+15…Jenelle Valera (New Jersey)

Girls 10
+8…Sophia Marie Taverna (New Jersey)
+20…Tiya Chowdary (New Jersey)
+20…Rylie Heflin (Pennsylvania)

Girls 11
+2…Michaela Morard (Alabama)
+5…Savannah Grewal (Ontario)
+16…Allison Paik (Massachusetts)

Girls 12
+8…Caroline Curtis (Virginia)
+22…Johnna Parlett (Maryland)
+24…Serena Chen (New Jersey)

Girls 13-14
+11…Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey)
+17…Sukriti Harjai (Ontario)
+20…Kaitlyn Lees (Pennsylvania)

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