22 July 2012

Japan Juniors head for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship

Nineteen of Japan's best junior players will soon depart for Pinehurst North Carolina USA to compete in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship August 2nd to the 4th, 2012. The participants were selected from the top players in U.S. Kids Golf Spring Tournaments (World Championship Qualifiers) played earlier this year in various locations in Japan.

The World Championship is played at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the home of American Golf, the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship is the largest and most prestigious event in the world for players 12 and under. This three-day tournament is held in a fantastic setting of tall southern pines and Donald Ross greens and attracts over 1,200 participants from across the United States and more than 30 countries abroad. Players, ages 5 to 12, who have qualified for the World Championship through their regions World Championship Qualifiers, Local Tours, European and Regional Championships, and performance in previous World Championships are eligible to attend.

See this video of last years World Championship to get a feel for the scope of this great junior event. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD8pmugrhGo

Last year Koichiro Ishika won the 12 year old boys division playing 54 holes on the 6,000 yard Pinehurst No.4 course with a score of 67, 67, 69 for a total of 203. Kuranosuke Shimizu placed 2nd in 6 years old and under division playing 27 holes on Midland County Club with scores of 35, 36, 33 for total of 104. In total Japan took home 7 trophies.U.S. Kids Golf Japan has been taking children to the World Championship since 2004. The company also sends kids to the European Championship in Scotland and other overseas events as well as annually hosts about 30 tournaments in Japan.

U.S. Kids Golf was started in January 1997 by Mr. Dan Van Horn after his own kid's enthusiasm for golf quickly faded. He found that cut-off clubs were too heavy and hard for kids to use so he designed a club 25% lighter than adult ones. The company has since branched to include shoes, gloves, wear, and pull carts. This focus on designing around kids unique needs has made them the world's largest maker of children's golf equipment. They are the only company dedicated entirely to children's golf providing top level equipment to help children enjoy the game. U.S. Kids Golf Tour Series clubs are the only children's clubs registered and approved by the USGA and R&A, they may be used in any competition.

To learn more about U.S. Kids Golf Japan please go to their website, www.uskgj.com.

If you'd like to get in contact with their Japan president please contact:
Craig J. Craven
U.S. Kids Golf Japan
Tel: +81-072-981-4010
Fax: +81-072-987-8962

Bennett Galloway, 22 July 2012    

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