Little People's brings diversity, close competition in 41st year
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 03:56:07 GMT —
This week, the 41st annual Pepsi Titan Little People's Golf Championship has taken over the Tri-State golf scene, but when you look at the numbers, there really isn't anything "little" about it.
There are more than 270 golfers in the tournament this year, with ages ranging from 3 to 22 years old.
"They come from 28 states, England, Germany, South Africa, and Mexico," said Tournament Executive Director Nan Ryan.
So what in the world would bring these golfers who have access to some of the best courses in the world to a town in central Illinois?
"People like to come to Quincy, this is a very well organized tournament," Ryan said.
It's also a qualifier for older kids, and of course a way to build up your college resume."
Eleven-year-old Chandler Davis played in the tournament Tuesday, and while he may not be thinking about college resumes just yet, he said he just loves the sport of golf and the challenges that different courses bring.
"All the courses are different, unlike football or any other sport, so you have a different place to play every time," said Davis, who enjoyed golfing on the course because of how much it differs from courses in his home state of Indiana.
And while it may just be kids out there, the course has not been altered in any way, playing just as hard as it does on any other day of the week.
"Its a challenge, the greens are big, they're very grueling, anyone who can put out here is going to score well." Ryan said.
Ryan also pointed out how the competition couldn't be done without the help of over 100 volunteers.
The final round of the Little People's Golf Championship tees off Wednesday. Watch KHQA Sports with Chris Duerr at 6 & 10 Wednesday for complete highlights from the event.