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Itty Bitty Open Kicks Off January 14, 2017
Free events for ages 3-5 years old: golf clinics and golf-related games hosted across the Valley

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) announced today that it will host the 2017 Itty Bitty Open on January 14, 2017 at 14 Valley-wide locations open to all youngsters ages 3-5 years old.  The FREE event has three clinic times per location starting a 9, 10 and 11 am where juniors and their parents will learn the basics skills of golf taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals. After the clinics, the kids will then participate in fun-filled, non-competitive golf games and tournaments.  Each golfer will receive a set of plastic golf clubs, balls, a bag, and a visor – participants are asked to leave their own clubs at home.  An adult “caddie” must accompany each golfer. 

“Itty Bitty Open is a great way for parents to introduce their children to the game of golf,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA.  “It’s always fun to see so many kids having such a good time. It’s very exciting to think that a three-year-old kid attending the Itty Bitty Open will likely still be playing the game for decades to come.  We’re honored to help them begin that journey.”

A special contest with prizes will be held at each session for the “Best Dressed Golfer and Caddie Team.”  Anything goes:  classic golf fashion; contemporary golf fashion; or any unique golf duds that may come to mind.  All winners will receive a congratulatory letter, a trophy, and two tickets for the R.S. Hoyt, Jr. Dream Day Activities at the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community (kids are already allowed to attend it at no charge, so the tickets are for parents or other adults).

Space is limited, sign up before January 7 deadline.  To register online, visit www.JGAA.org and click on Itty Bitty Open, or call 602.944.6168.  For those would like to check availability after the entry deadline, please call the phone number listed for the specific site.

Location

Address

Coordinator

Phone

Phoenix

 

 

 

  Cashman Park

22222 N 44th St. 

Lori Colburn

602.534.2501

  Deer Valley Community Center

2001 W. Wahalla Ln. 

Allyson Pacini

602.495.2459

 

 

 

 

  Paseo Highlands/ Beuf Com. Center

3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.

Dave Adams

602.534.4704

  Pecos Park

17010 S. 48th St.

John Mark Shea

602.534.5238

  Salvation Army KROC Center

1375 E Broadway Rd.

JGAA

602.944.6168

Glendale

 

 

 

  Legend at Arrowhead GC

21027 N. 67th Avenue

JGAA

602.944.6168

Goodyear

 

 

 

  Wigwam

451 N Old Litchfield Rd.

JGAA

602.944.6168

Mesa

 

 

 

  Gene Autry Park

4125 E McKellips Rd. 

JGAA

602.944.6168

Peoria

 

 

 

  Rio Vista Community Park

8866 W Thunderbird Rd.

Scott McNevin

602.944.6168

Scottsdale

 

 

 

  Scottsdale Ranch Park

104th St & Via Linda 

Cori Matheson

602.944.6168

Surprise

 

 

 

  Surprise Stadium

15930 N Bullard Ave.

JGAA

602.944.6168

Tempe

 

 

 

  Kiwanis Park

5500 S Mill Ave. 

JGAA

602.944.6168

Chandler

 

 

 

  Espee Park

450 E Knox Rd.

JGAA

602.944.6168

Gilbert

 

 

 

  McQueen Park

480 N Horne St. 

JGAA

602.944.6168


About the JGAA
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to educate, motivate and inspire Arizona’s youth through golf and all of the valuable lessons and life skills inherent to the game.  In addition to hosting competitive events, the JGAA develops programs for local schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts college prep seminars and etiquette clinics.   The Junior Ambassador and Guest Speaker Programs give JGAA students the opportunity to learn, develop and adopt successful habits and practices – both on and off the golf course – from a collection of prominent, civic-minded community and business leaders.  The JGAA also awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education – the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships.  The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation has guided the organization for more than 30 years and is instilled in all of its members.  For more information JGAA, visit www.jgaa.org or call 602-944-6168.

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