Youth golf event, Itty Bitty Open, returns to Scottsdale Jan. 14

The Itty Bitty Open will be Jan. 14 at Scottsdale Ranch Park. (submitted photo)

The Itty Bitty Open will be Jan. 14 at Scottsdale Ranch Park. (submitted photo)

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona has announced that it will host the 2017 Itty Bitty Open on Jan. 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 a.m. where juniors and their parents will learn the basics skills of golf taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals, according to a press release.

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.

The Scottsdale location of the Itty Bitty Open is at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Vía Linda.

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

“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, in the release.

“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 (children are already allowed to attend it at no charge, so the tickets are for parents or other adults).

Space is limited, sign up before Jan. 7 deadline. To register online, visit www.JGAA.org and click on Itty Bitty Open, or call 602-944-6168.

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