2017 News

2017 News

 

July 31, 2017

T.J. Wensing of Quincy and Ali Schrock of Pontiac were the 7B and 7G winners in the Pepsi Little People’s/State Farm Youth Classic Grand Champion event.  Scores in both events are combined to determine the winners.  Wensing won in a 1-hole playoff with Jon Ratterman of Glen Carbon.

Wensing’s total were 153 in Little People’s and 164 in State Farm, for a 317 total, while Schrock shot 150-152—302.

In the 6B/6G divisions, Quincyan Alex McCulla and Abby Boyer of Kirksville, MO, were the Grand Champions.  McCulla shot 148-156—304, while Boyer had 190-177—357.

Congratulations to these four fine golfers!

July 31, 2017

The 45th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, for boys and girls aged 3 through 18, will be played June 18-20, 2018, in Quincy, IL, proceeded by the Parent-Child event on June 17.  Entry forms will be available at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com on February 1.

July 31 2017

Quincyan Luke Guthrie finished tied for second in the rain-delayed Ditigal Ally Open on the Web.com Tour, after being tied briefly for the lead.  He shot 62 in the third round and 67 in the final for the second-place tie with Kyle Thompson and Billy Kennerly.  It was his first top-10 finish of the season. He is now in 37th place on the Web.com money list.

Guthrie is a three-time winner at Pepsi Little People’s, having won his 3-5 Division in 1995, and his 14-15 Divisions in 2004 and 2005.
Congratulations, Luke, from all of us at Little People’s!
 

July 22, 2017

Indianapolis native Jamie Broce has been named  Head Golf Coach at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  Broce, who won his 12-13 Division at Pepsi Little People’s in 1989 and 1990, was previously head coach of the men’s program at University of Toledo.  Broce will head both the men’s and women’s golf teams at IUPUI.
 
Prior to his five years at Toledo, Broce spent four seasons as assistant coach at Indiana University, where he helped the Hoosiers compile an impressive record. He is a member of Ball State’s Hall of Fame.
 
Broce’s two children, Jamie and Preston, competed in the 2015 Pepsi Little People’s.

 

June 30, 2017

Nicholas Piesen, who finished third in his 12-13 age division in the recent Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, wrapped up the US Kids Ohio State Championship at Avalon Lakes CC by shooting 72-68 to finish four under par and take a five-shot victory!

 
Nicholas credits playing the greens at Westview during Little People’s as good preparation for the Ohio event.
 
Congratulations, Nicholas!!
 

June 6, 2017

Former Little People’s player Max Greyserman, from Boca Raton, FL, has qualified to play in the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, WI, June 12-18!  His younger brother, Dean finished, second in his 10-11 age division in the 2015 Little People’s, and will be playing in the 12-13 division of Little People’s this year.

 

June 4, 2017

James Imai will not be defending his title in the Pepsi Little People’s this year, and for good reason.  James, now 16, will be competing in the 2017 Western Junior Championship June 19-22 at Park Ridge (IL) Country Club.

James has amassed an impressive record in Little People’s starting in 2011 when he placed 4th in Division 4-B.  In subsequent years, he has 4 top 5 finishes, including victories in Division 6B in both 2015 and 2016, and 6 top 10 finishes.

James is coming to Little People’s briefly on his way to Chicago this year with his parents, Ryoshin and Yoko, and sister Julia, who will be competing in the tournament.  James hopes to compete in at least one more Pepsi Little People’s in the future and is going for one more victory.

 

May 30, 2017

Comfort Inn in Quincy is offering a special rate for Little People’s, June 18-21, of $84.99 plus tax per night, including indoor pool, hot tub, free wifi and hot breakfast.  Just let them know you are Little People’s Golf when you make the reservation.
 

May 26, 2017

Former Little People’s player Sam Horsfield has announced that he is forgoing the final two years as a Gator to turn professional.

Sam finished second in his 8-9 Little  People’s division in 2006 and was second in his 10-11 division in 2007.

Horsfield, originally from England now living in Davenport, FL, is the World’s 3rd ranking amateur.

Wishing Sam the very best!

 

May 19, 2017

SOME COMMENTS FROM FORMER PLAYERS….

Nan.  My son, Nick Calucchia, is currently registered to play in this year’s tournament for the first time. He is 12 years old.  I played in my first Little People’s at age 12 as well (I believe) – as I recall, I played three years, 1978, 79 and 80, but hard to recall that long ago.  What I do remember very well was what an incredible experience I had.  It felt like a professional tournament and it was by far the highlight of my tournament schedule each year I played.  We are really looking forward to seeing you in June.

Tony Calucchia 

 

Nan, I played many years in the LPGC Tournament.  It was my favorite tournament every year and I played in many, including the Missouri Junior and AJGA events.  My 2nd place finish in Little People’s in 1992 in Division 16-17 earned me Golf World Honorable Mention All-American honors that year.  Great job to you and all of your volunteers that run this tournament.  My son Patrick is looking forward to the tournament!

Scott Holdridge

 

Nan, my son Bennett’s Aunt Billie Jo Zeitner, his Uncle Brandon Zeitner, and his Cousin Malachi Zeitner are all Little People’s Alumni, as am I.  Billi Jo and Brad, along with myself, played in the very first Little People’s Championships in the mid 1970s at Cedar Crest CC, and then moved over to Westview GC.  I played in the first four Little People’s starting in 1974 and still have my bag tags! 

Brad Zeitner

 

May 18, 2017

      After sending out a request for information to current Little People’s players who have a relative(s) who played in previous Little People’s, we received this note from Quinn Thomas, 11, from Hannibal, MO.

“Nan – I would like to say that my dad, Joe Thomas, started playing Little People’s Golf Championships in 1974 as an 8 year old.  He played Cedar Crest CC at that time, and played with Ben Curtis and D.A. Points many many times as a Junior player.  My Dad’s final year of Little People’s was 1993.  He played 9 consecutive LPGC’s until he went to college in the fall of 1993.  My older sister, Clair Thomas, also played in 4 or 5 LPGC’s.

We cannot thank you enough for all of the experiences and friendships that this tournament has provided to thousands of players around the world.”

Thank you,

Joe Thomas, Quinn Thomas, Claire Thomas

Former Little People’s player Joe Quinn is seen here, playing in Little People’s in 1984 with Matt Lewis and Ben Curtis, at Cedar Crest Country Club.

 

May 9, 2017

       All Division winners in the 2017 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships will receive an invitation to enter the Brad Fritsch Junior Canadian Challenge on the PLAY Junior Golf Tour (PJGT), July 27, 2017, at Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, Manotick, Ont., Canada.  See more about it at www.pjgtour.com/brad-fritsch-jr-canadian-challenge.html.  For more information on the PJGT, please visit www.pjgtour.com 

April 14, 2017

      Entry form, waiver and Code of Conduct for the 2017 Tri-State Junior Golf Tour, co-sponsored by Little People’s, Quincy Breakfast Optimist Club, KHQA TV-7 and Pepsi, now available on this website under Tri-State.

     There are six tournaments this year, open to boys and girls 17 and under.  Just click on the link under Tri-State to access information.  We hope to see all junior golfers participate in one or more of these events, designed especially for YOU!

     If you have questions, contact Lindsay Burry at 319-520-8161, or burryli@qps.org.

 

April 3, 2017

      Congratulations to the Pepsi Little People’s players who competed in the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championships at Augusta National April 2!

     Quinn Thomas, from Hannibal, MO, finished T-3 in the Boys 10-11 age group, while Treed Huang of Katy, TX, was T-4 in Boys 12-13.
 
      In the Girls 7-9 age division, Carlee Meilleur of Landsdown, ONT., finished T-5 after winning the Putting contest, and Lisa Copeland of Naperville, IL, finished 7th after being T-2 in Chipping.
 
      Chloe Johnson of Evansville, IN, was T-2 in the Girls 12-13 division.
 
      Great showing for our Little People’s players!!

 

March 28, 2017

     Top five finishers in boys and girls 16-18, 14-15 and 12-13 age divisions in 2017 Pepsi Little People’s received exemptions into the 2018 Future Collegians World Tour Championship, to be played May 26-28, 2018.  Click on PLP 2017 below…

PLP 2017

 

March 26, 2017

      Four-time Pepsi Little People’s champion D.A. Points scored his first Tour victory since 2013 in the 2017 Puerto Rico Open, defeating runnerup Bryson DeChambeau by two shots with a final round 6-under-par.

      As a junior golfer, D.A., whose parents are from Quincy, IL, home of Pepsi Little People’s, finished first in 1984 in his 6-7 age division, and was victorious in 1991 in his 14-15 age group, and in 1993 and 1994 in the 16-17 age group.
 
      Peter Uihlein, who finished 3rd in his 12-13 age division in the 2003 Pepsi Little People’s, finished T-5 in the 2017 Puerto Rico Open.
 
      Congratulations to both former Pepsi Little People’s players!
 

March 24, 2017

     Two-time Pepsi Little People’s Champion Jay Trusty won the individual medalist honors in the Dave Falconer Classic in his hometown, Danville, AK.

     Competing as an individual, the Arkansas Tech red-shirted freshman shot 70-69—139 for a two-under-par to win the title by three shots. Trusty became the first Arkansas Tech golfer to win the event in its six-year existence. The Wonder Boys finished third in the tournament.

      Coming off his victory, Jay was named the Great American Conference Golfer of the Week.

     Jay won his 3-5 age division in Little People’s in 2003, and his 6-7 age division in 2005.

     Another former Little People’s player, Bryce Burke, is also a member of the Arkansas Tech golf team.

 

March 14, 2017

         Former Little People’s player Sahith Theegala picked up his first collegiate win in February when he led his Pepperdine team to victory in the Southwestern Intercollegiate.

         The Chino Hills, CA., native, made the cut in the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open after earning the lone amateur spot, and was named the Southern Golf Association February Amateur-of-the-Month.

         Sahith won his boys 8-9 division in Pepsi Little People’s in 2007.

 

March 11, 2017

            James Imai, 15, has been named Christopher Cutler Rich Massachusetts Golf Association Player of the Year.

            Imai, from Brookline, MA, won his 14-15 age division in Pepsi Little People’s in 2015, and defended his division title in 2016.  He finished 5th in the 12-13 age group in 2013.

             In May of 2016, the Brookline High School sophomore qualified in a US Open local qualifier and was second alternate in the US Amateur sectional qualifier.  He won the New England Junior PGA Championship in July, and the MGA Junior Amateur in August of 2016. 

            Imai was honored at the MGAs Salute to Champions Dinner in January of 2017.

            James is shown here receiving his 1st place trophy at the 2016 Pepsi Little People’s.

 

March 8, 2017

Little People’s is happy to announce that all players in our 44th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships will receive as a part of their Contestant Gift, a print copy of Junior Golf, the only national magazine focused solely on the junior golfer. This magazine is full of exciting articles including features on college players, recruiting tips, fitness and nutrition, and junior golfer profiles.

 

March 4, 2017

Little People’s will be without a player named Pancake in 2017 for the first time since 1997!

Allie Pancake, oldest daughter of Tony and Libby Pancake, started playing Little People’s in 1998 at the age of 8, and brother TJ was 6 (younger brother Trent was mad because he was only 2 and not old enough).  Youngest daughter Annabelle was born in 2002.

Allie, TJ and Trent continued to play until they were too old, and Annabelle has been a contender every year since 2005.  However, this year, Annabelle will try her game at the USGA Girls Junior and PGA National Girls Junior – both the same week as Little People’s.

“It was one of Kelli and my favorite tournaments,” said Libby, now a golf professional.  Libby and sister Kelli played Little People’s  in the late 1970s.  Libby won 1st in her 12-13 division in 1978, and was 3rd in the 14-15 division in 1979 and 1980. Their parents, Leslie and Chuck Akers, brought the girls to Little People’s from their home town French Lick, IN.

“Little People’s has been a real blessing to our family,” stated Tony, professional at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN.  “The main reason is due to how Nan and the other volunteers have made us feel so welcome.”

Kelli’s three daughters, Mackenzie, Mollie-Claire and Madigan, have also played several years in Little People’s.

“All of our kids have some of the best memories of Little People’s,” said Libby.  “Especially when the whole gang came”.

Here’s the whole Akers/Pancake/Matthews Gang, circa 2005…

Back row, l to r, Kelli Mathews (holding Madigan), Patrick Matthews, Leslie Akers, Chuck Akers, Tony Pancake, Libby Pancake; Middle row Trent Pancake, Allie Pancake, T.J. Pancake; Front row Mollie-Claire Matthews, Mackenzie Matthews, Annabelle Pancake.

 

March 3, 2017

Pepsi Little People’s is pleased to announce that PAR BAR is partnering with Pepsi Little People’s again in 2017 to offer a PAR BAR to every tournament contestant.

PAR Bar is the 4irst all-natural nutrition bar developed speci4ically for golfers. Both the original chocolate-peanut butter and the new nut free raspberry chocolate bars will be available to Little People’s contestants, compliments of Gerry Mullally, creator of the PAR BAR.

“We are excited to be able to offer a PAR BAR to each contestant in the 2017 tournament,” said Nan Ryan, Little People’s Executive Director. “Every golfer needs energy and focus to sustain him or her throughout a round. The PAR BAR is designed to do just that”.

The 44th annual Pepsi Little People’s, an international Junior golf tournament, will be played June 19-21 on two golf courses in Quincy, IL, and is open to all golfers ages three through 18.

PAR BAR was created by a seasoned food scientist who combines a lifetime of golf with more than 30 years of experience in the development of high performance nutritional products.

One ingredient of the bar is L-Theanine, which occurs in green tea leaves and has been shown to improve athletic performance through improved alertness and concentration. PAR BAR is an all natural, gluten-free bar that offers a unique opportunity for golfers to get the right balance of energy and focus for an optimum performance.

“It is never too early to introduce good nutrition to young people,” states Mullally. “PAR BAR is delighted to partner with the Little People’s Golf Championships by offering a bar to each player in the 2017 competition”.

 

February 24, 2017

A young entrepreneur has entered the 2017 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

Seth Damsgard will be 10 April 16, but he has already created a business that helps other golfers.

It all started when his Dad, Chris, would sketch tournament holes on scratch paper to help Seth learn proper club selection. Soon, Seth learned how to use computer graphics software to draw and label holes.   The next step was to compile the drawings into a booklet, and find a print shop to produce a high-quality product. And the rest is ‘history’.

Seth now employs two of his three sisters to assist with artwork and operating the business.  In the first two months, Seth completed seven of his own books for local Minneapolis golf courses.  He was contracted by a 20-year veteran LPGA/PGA/Web.com Tour caddie to provide drawings for his own professional yardage book business.

Seth negotiates the sale, draws the holes and greens, takes measurements and green slopes, and assembles the final product for printing.

We look forward to meeting Seth and all the other young golfers who will be playing in Little People’s in June.

Seth at work blasting out of sand…

 

February 19, 2017

Blake Nakagawa is 5, but has been playing golf since he was 2. In his short career, he was won 13 tournaments in Hawaii, where he lives, and was named 2016 “Inspirational Player of the Year” by the Big Island Junior Golf Association.

We look forward to seeing Blake and his parents, Kiley and Miho, when Blake plays in his first Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships in June.

 

February 10, 2017

Luis Cortes, a 9-year-old from Dorado, Puerto Rico, has entered the 2017 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

Luis is in 4th grade and started playing when he was 8.  One of his favorite tournaments was the US Kids European Championship in Scotland.

 

February 9, 2017

Richard Kruger, 15, from Pretoria, South Africa, has entered the 2017 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

Richard has competed in the World Junior Golf Championships in Malaysia, the South African Boys U 15, and Gauteng North Provincial U 15 tournaments.

 

February 8, 2017

Jonas and Aksel Moe have entered the 2017 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.  Both boys were born in the Netherlands.  Their summer residence is  Richville, MN, but the family spends the school years in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Since the summer of 2016, Aksel, 11, has played numerous 54 and 36-hole regional, national and International tournament, scoring three wins in regionals events and trophy finishes in the others. His most recent highlight was a 2-under-par 70 in Malaysia, including a stretch of five birdies in six holes. 

As an 8-year-old, Aksel was top ranked golfer in the Thai Golf Associations Upper North Region.

“Aksel excels at the hardest part of the game, which is hitting scoring shots and making putts under tournament pressure,” said his coach Kitti Sornkaew.

Jonas, 10, has won Northern Thailand regional tournaments, and since August of 2015, has had three top-five finishes on the Thai Junior Golf Federation national tour, and won two regional events.

In 2007, the Moe family moved from Amsterdam to Chaing Mai, where they have golf weather every day, access to many quality courses and multiple competitive tournaments.

Aksel and Jonas Moe…

 

February 7, 2017

Julia Bower has entered the 2017 Pepsi Little People’s, and brings with her quite a list of accomplishments!

The 18-year-old from Columbia, MO, attends Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO, and was a member of the golf team that finished 2nd in State in 2016.  Julia shot 76-73—149 to tie with Claire Solovic from Seckman High School near St. Louis.

Julia’s team had a great year as District Champions, Sectional Chmpions, then 2nd place.  Julia was individual District Champion with a 75 at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton, and individual Sectional Champion with 75 at Woods Fort Golf Course in Troy, MO.

Julie placed 3rd in her 16-18 Division of Little People’s in 2016, shooting 77-79—156, just three shots back of winner Jing Wen Lu from Shanghai, China.  Julia is a student of Jake Poe, former Little People’s player and now owner/professional at Poe Golf in Columbia.

February 6, 2017

NICHOLAS PIESEN ENTERS 2017 LITTLE PEOPLE’S

Nicholas Piesen, a regular contender in Little People’s since 2013, has entered the 2017 event as a 12-year-old.

Nicholas had a great 2016, finishing in First Place in Points as an 11-year-old in the US Kids Golf Cleveland Tour Spring Season and the Summer Season.

He also finished First Place in Points for the 12-year-old division in US Kids Cleveland Fall Season.

Nicholas joined the local All Star Team, Team Ohio, as the youngest of 10 players, and the team finished in 3rd place in the National Championship.

The Strongsville, OH, native has an impressive record in Little People’s, having finished first in the 8-9 division in 2013 and 2014, 10th in the 10-11 division in 2015 and 2nd in that division in 2016.

Congratulations, Nicholas!!

January 5, 2017

LITTLE PEOPLE’S AND LITTLE LINKSTERS FORM PARTNERSHIP

Quincy, IL…..The Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships is pleased to announce that it will partner with Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development and their Annual Best “Pee Wee” Golf Swing video contest for the second consecutive year.

The winner in each of the four age divisions, Under 3, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8, will receive paid entry fee into the 2017 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, to be held June 19-21 in Quincy, Illinois. Winners are responsible for all other expenses, and Little Linksters will cover entry fee.

Little People’s is pleased to invite all members of Little Linksters to compete in the 2017 Little People’s Golf Championships. Entry forms will be available on the website www.littlepeoplesgolf.com on February 1, 2017.

Little People’s is an international junior golf event for boys and girls ages three through 18. The 44th annual tournament will be played June 19-21 at two golf courses in Quincy, Illinois, USA, with an optional 9-hole Applebee’s Parent- Child tournament on Father’s Day, June 18.

Boys and girls aged 3-5 play 5 holes daily at a yardage of 463. Boys and girls 6-7 play 9 holes daily at a yardage of 954, while 8 year olds play 9 holes daily, boys at 2459 yards and girls at 1768 yards.

Trophies go to 1st through 3rd in all divisions, with participant medals to all non-trophy winners. There are separate age divisions for Boys and for Girls.

For further information on the Pepsi Little People’s please contact Nan Ryan at ryannan@me.com and for information on Little Linksters, contact Brendon Elliott, PGA at brendonelliott@pga.com