Family traditions on the green
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:38:31 GMT —
The Pepsi Titan Little People's Golf Championship brought in 335 kids from 27 states and six countries.
For the 39th year now, children have come to Quincy to compete in the tournament.
Many of the kids there have something in common.
Nan Ryan says the youth golf tournament has brought in more visitors to Quincy over its 39 year span than the town's current population, but the boost in tourism is not her main focus.
"I love kids, I love working with kids and I've always thought they needed a venue to be able to play and work on their game and meet other people. We try to keep it a family affair," the executive director for the championship Ryan said.
A family affair is the right idea. These kids love for golf isn't something they picked up on their own.
"When I was two my dad gave me these plastic golf clubs and all I would say is hit ball, hit ball, hit ball, hit ball," Jack Cronn said.
"When I was about two and a half my dad bought me a little set of plastic golf clubs," Clay Stirsman said.
"My father," Alegandra Ferrer, who travelled all the way from Mexico to play explained.
"My dad really did a lot," Alex White said.
One of these golfers is dedicating his tournament play to a family member this year.
"My grandpa did a good job, too. My dad really taught me how to play, and my other teacher, my grandpa, passed away last year so its been hard. It was a hard loss but now I just keep going in his honor," Stirsman said.
Keeping these families golfing and having fun together is something the founder of the Pepsi Titan Little People's Golf Championship looks forward to.
"I get hugs, and that's all I need," Ryan said. She started planning next year's tournament already because she wants to do something special to celebrate its 40th anniversary.