Junior Golf Association of Arizona announces 2019 Itty Bitty Open itinerary

The 2019 Itty Bitty Open is slated for Saturday, Jan. 12 at 20 different Valley locations. (Submitted Photo)

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona will host the 2019 Itty Bitty Open Saturday, Jan. 12 at 20 Valley-wide locations, including one in Scottsdale.

The event is free and open to all kids ages 3-5 and will feature three clinic times per location (9, 10 and 11 a.m.) where juniors and their parents will learn the basics of golf taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals, according to a press release.

Junior golfers and their parents can attend at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda. Other locations include several in Phoenix including Cashman Park, 22222 N. 44th Place.

After the clinics, the kids will participate in 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,”  Scott McNevin, executive director of the JGAA, said in a prepared statement.

“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 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, a release states.

All winners will receive a congratulatory letter, a trophy, and two tickets for the R.S. Hoyt, Jr. Dream Day Activities at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Kids are already allowed to attend it at no charge, so the tickets are for parents or other adults.

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