2018 News

2018 News

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.”