US Kids Golf Seventh Year in the Pinehurst Area Starts Today

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Over 40 countries, over 1,300 hundred players from ages 5-12. Four days of championship play that may be the start of future golf Olympians.

As the morning fog cleared, young golfers from around the world filed into the world famous village and destination called Pinehurst to test their skills against the very best from around the globe. In what organizers call the largest golf tournament anywhere for players aged 5-12, US Kids Golf World Championship began with a whirlwind of activity as players, parents and others arrived at Pinehurst Resort today to register, meet fellow competitors, and soak up some of the golf history that can only be found in the North Carolina Sandhills. The championship runs August 1- 5, 2012.

This is the seventh year the event has been played in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines/Aberdeen area with nine area courses hosting the players throughout Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Carthage. Dan Van Horn, U.S. Kids Golf founder and president is excited to once again have the Pinehurst area host this premier kids’ event. “Our foundation’s goal is to grow the game of golf amongst our youngest generation, and we are able to see the benefit of this effort through this event. To see parents pass along their love golf to their children is very rewarding.”

Peter Stilwell, owner of Tarheel Communications Solutions who is working with Pinehurst Resort during the championship, commented, “It’s a great benefit at a time when a lot of businesses really need business. The restaurants and hotels will mostly be full the next couple of weeks.”

Putting that into perspective, US Kids Golf is one of the most impactful events of its kind because most participants travel by air, their average stay is 6.1 nights compared to 3.3 for the average leisure trip. Additionally, the average leisure travel party spends $935 on the trip. The average spend for a US Kids Golf group is $2,697,” according to Caleb Miles, president and CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

When over 6,000 attendees from around the globe descend on Moore County their impact is significant, in excess of $ 7 million annually, providing new revenues and supporting thousands of tourism-related jobs in the county. “These Championships represent a model partnership, and the envy of many other communities, but one that can never be taken for granted.”

And with the announcement, “The Kids and Teen Championship locations will be here in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines Area until 2016, US Kids Golf has entrusted the community with hosting duties of one of the largest youth-focused golf events held in existence today,” commented Miles.

And on the front lines of the registration process, Yolanda Pinero, manager of the CVB’s Volunteer Services smiled, “It’s been a constant flow of people from all around the world. It’s really exciting and things are going smoothly.”

Who knows, perhaps a future golf Olympian is playing here this year.

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