2018 News

2018 News

 April 23

CALLING ALL ADAMS COUNTY JUNIOR GOLFERS!

                  Now is the time to sign up for the 45th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, being held June 18-20 at Westview Golf Course and KC Par-3 in Quincy.

                  And, it’s time to take advantage of the Quincy Breakfast Optimist Club’s offer to provide scholarship funding to assist  Adams County golfers who want to play Little People’s.

                  “With one of the top youth golf tournaments in the world held in our own backyard, we want local young golfers to have every opportunity to play against the best competition in the world.  We want to make sure the entry fee is not an obstacle for any child who wants to compete,” said John Ohnemus, chair of the Optimist Club’s golf committee.

                  “Little People’s is delighted that the Quincy Breakfast Optimist Club is helping make it possible for more Quincy golfers to participate in our tournament” stated Nan Ryan, Little People’s Executive Director.  “Although Little People’s is an international tournament, we encourage local participation, as it gives Adams County youth an opportunity to compete in a national junior tournament with players from around the World.”

                  The tournament will be preceded by the ever-popular Applebee’s Parent-Child event on Sunday (Father’s Day), June 17, at Westview, and includes putting and driving contests, as well as a Best Dressed Team contest.

                  Practice rounds are Monday, June 18, with competition at Westview and KC Par-3 on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The tournament is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 18.

                  For more information on the discounts that the BOC will offer to Adams County players, please go to www.littlepeoplesgolf.com, click on REGISTRATION, then Optimist Discount.

                  Entry forms for the 2018 tournament are now available at www.littlepeoplesgolf. All divisions are filling up, so get your entry in NOW. For further information, please contact Nan Ryan at jrgolfer@littlepeoplesgolf.com, or call 217-257-5718.

 
April 23

            Pepsi Little People’s is pleased to announce that Garb Inc., the leader in kid’s golf apparel, will again partner with the tournament in 2018.

            Garb is offering all players in the 2018 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships a special code for a 20% discount off everything from garbinc.com. In addition to discounted apparel for all participants, the winner of each division of the 2018 Pepsi Little People’s will be awarded a $50 gift card redeemable for anything at garbinc.com.

            “We are delighted that Garb Inc. is offering these gift certificates and discounts to our Little People’s players,” stated Nan Ryan, Executive Director of Pepsi Little People’s.  “We know that our players will be extremely pleased to be able to purchase Garb Inc. clothing using this discount”.

            “After meeting Nan and learning all about the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships and what it means to young golfers and the community, I knew that their core values aligned with ours at Garb and it was something we wanted to be a part of.  We are happy to offer these talented junior golfers discounted apparel and gift cards to the winners,” said Tyler Silva, Garb’s Director of New Business Development.

ABOUT GARB INC.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Garb is the original junior golf apparel brand. Founded in 1996 on the belief that kids needed a brand to call their own — a brand dedicated to golf’s next generation that offers great styling and unrivaled quality. In creating the junior golf apparel category, Garb has become a beloved brand, company and culture proudly embraced by some of the finest golf shops and most prestigious golf events throughout North America. 

            In 2006, Garb expanded its scope with entry into the collegiate licensed marketplace, launching its “Team” division. With over 130 division I licenses Team Garb brings a fresh new offering to collegiate licensed merchandise for kids.

            To learn more about Garb visit www.garbinc.com , email Chelsea Thatcher at shop@garbinc.com, or call (303)-674-3139, ext.101.

 

 

 

 
April 2

Congratulations to Little People’s players who finished in the top 10 in their age division in the April 1 Drive, Chip & Putt event!

Treed Huang finished 2nd in boys 12-13, while Andrew Ramos placed T6 in that division.  Jay Nimmo placed T-3 in his 14-15 age division.

Trinity Beth, a regular contender in Pepsi Little People’s, played 8th in girls 10-11 group, while Brooke Biermann was 5th in her 14-15 age division.

 
 
March 12

The 2018 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships has been approved for the American Junior Golf Association’s Performance Based Entry Recognition System for its boys/girls 14-18 and 12-13 Age Divisions.

The AJGA will give Stars to the winners and 2nd to 5th place finishers for boys and girls in the 12-13 age divisions, and to the winners and 2nd to 10th place finishers for boys and girls in the 14-18 age divisions.

Pepsi Little People’s, an international junior golf tournament, will be celebrating its 45th year of serving junior golfers aged 3 through 18 at the 2018 tournament, June 18-20, in Quincy, IL.

Competition will be in seven age divisions for boys and seven age divisions for girls (3-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10- 11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18).

Entry forms and information are available at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com, or you may call Tournament Director Nan Ryan at 217-257-5718.

 
 
February 8
 
 
 
 
 
February 5

           Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships is now a part of the Global Junior Golf Ranking system, which ranks one-day and multi-day tournaments by state and region in more than 240 countries for players ages 5 through 19.

          The system ranks junior golfers by calculating each week’s performance in the categories of Boys and Girls participating in junior golf tournaments worldwide.  GJGR is dedicated to giving student golfers the knowledge and tools they need to successfully market their golf game to college coaches and better their chances of playing golf at a collegiate level.

          Players can sign up for the GJGR Junior Golf Rankings by going to juniorgolfranking.com.

 
February 5

           Hy-Vee Supermarket Company will again be a sponsor  of the Pepsi Little People’s Family Celebration Picnic.

            Hy-Vee will join Refreshment Services Pepsi, WGEM and The Quincy Herald Whig in co-sponsoring this very popular event for Little People’s players, families, sponsors and others interested in junior golf.

            “Hy-Vee will also cater the event with all the food people like to eat at a picnic,” stated Nan Ryan, Little People’s Executive Director.

            Hy-Vee is an employee-owned chain of more than 240 supermarkets located throughout the Midwest.

            “We are extremely pleased to add Hy-Vee to our picnic co-sponsors,” added Ryan.  “The company has been very supportive of Little People’s and its events for the past several years.”

            “Hy-Vee is very proud to be a sponsor and partner of such a great event that brings all these young golfers to Quincy,” stated Broadway Store Director Steve Labs.

            The Picnic will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Knights of Columbus McGivney Hall, following practice rounds for the 45th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

 
January 29

             Pepsi Little People’s is pleased to announce that Applebee’s will again sponsor the ever-popular Parent-Child tournament and associated events in 2018!

            The optional 9-hole Applebee’s Parent-Child will be played Sunday (Father’s Day), June 17, 2018, on holes 19-27 at Westview Golf Course, Quincy, IL.  The alternate shot event is the kick-off to the 45th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, which will be played June 18-20 in Quincy.  The Parent-Child annually draws 60+ teams made up of one current Little People’s player and a parent, sibling or friend.

            Applebee’s will also sponsor the Putting, Driving and Best Dressed Team contests, held in conjunction with the Parent-Child event.

            In addition, on Monday, June 18, practice round day, Applebee’s will hold a Closest to the Pin contest on the 9th hole at Westview, with a $75 Gift Certificate from the Westview Pro Shop going to the winner.

            An Applebee’s representative will be on hand at the Family Celebration Picnic on Monday night to present trophies and medals to the winners in all Applebee’s events.

            “We are extremely delighted to have formed this partnership with Applebee’s,” stated Nan Ryan, Little People’s Executive Director.  “Applebee’s has long been a strong supporter of the tournament with its Closest to the Pin contest, and sponsoring the Parent-Child and associated events solidifies their belief in junior golf and Little People’s.”

            “We are happy to continue our sponsorship of the Closest to the Pin Contest and the Parent-Child event,” said Kevin Allardice, Managing Partner of The Bloomin’ Apple, LLC, franchisee of Applebee’s.  “As a golfer myself, I am extremely happy to help up-and-coming young golfers in the hopes that we may see them in the pros in the future.”

 
January 25
 
Former Little People’s player Ben Curtis is giving up the PGA Tour to open the Ben Curtis Golf Academy at Country Club of Hudson, OH.  His goal is to not only teach the golf swing, but impart knowledge of the entire game to youngsters interested in high school or college golf, or who have aspirations of a career as a professional golfer.

“I want to talk to young players about the whole aspect of being a golfer at a certain level,” said Curtis.  He wants to impart practical things, college preparation, and working with parents – all things he never received growing up.

“It’s something to do to try to give back and also stay in the game in a way I’m comfortable,” he adds.  “I want to help kids maximize their potential on the golf course.”

Ben played Pepsi Little People’s in the mid-1980s, winning his 8-9 division in 1985 and placing 3rd in 1986.  He placed 3rd in the 10-11 division in 1988.  Ben’s brother, Nick, also played in Little People’s, and continues to play as an amateur.

In 2003, Ben was The Open Championship, becoming the first player since Francis Ouimet to win a major championship in his first start.   He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year that same year.  He finished T-2 in the 2008 PGA Championship.

Congratulations Ben – we wish you the greatest success!!

Here’s Ben hoisting the Claret Jug after his 2003 Open Championship victory.

 
January 24
 

             Pepsi Little People’s is pleased to announce that Applebee’s will again sponsor the ever-popular Parent-Child tournament and associated events in 2018!

            The optional 9-hole Applebee’s Parent-Child will be played Sunday (Father’s Day), June 17, 2018, on holes 19-27 at Westview Golf Course, Quincy, IL.  The alternate shot event is the kick-off to the 45th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, which will be played June 18-20 in Quincy.  The Parent-Child annually draws 60+ teams made up of one current Little People’s player and a parent, sibling or friend.

            Applebee’s will also sponsor the Putting, Driving and Best Dressed Team contests, held in conjunction with the Parent-Child event.

            In addition, on Monday, June 18, practice round day, Applebee’s will hold a Closest to the Pin contest on the 9th hole at Westview, with a $75 Gift Certificate from the Westview Pro Shop going to the winner.

            An Applebee’s representative will be on hand at the Family Celebration Picnic on Monday night to present trophies and medals to the winners in all Applebee’s events.

            “We are extremely delighted to have formed this partnership with Applebee’s,” stated Nan Ryan, Little People’s Executive Director.  “Applebee’s has long been a strong supporter of the tournament with its Closest to the Pin contest, and sponsoring the Parent-Child and associated events solidifies their belief in junior golf and Little People’s.”

            “We are happy to continue our sponsorship of the Closest to the Pin Contest and the Parent-Child event,” said Kevin Allardice, Managing Partner of The Bloomin’ Apple, LLC, franchisee of Applebee’s.  “As a golfer myself, I am extremely happy to help up-and-coming young golfers in the hopes that we may see them in the pros in the future.”