November 16, 2017
One of our former Pepsi Little People’s is making a name for herself in the teaching world, as Master Instructor at the PGA Tour Academy, World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL.
Anne Cain played in Little People’s in 1982, and finished T-7 in the 14-15 girls age division. She returned in 1983 to win that division.
“I have so many fond memories of the tournament from my junior days!”, said Anne.
A native of Springfield, MO, she began playing competitively at age 13, and by age 15 was selected as a Golf Magazine Junior All-American. She played collegiate golf at the University of Georgia, then played professionally for five years on the Futures and Asian Tours.
After unsuccessfully attempting to get her LPGA card, Anne turned to teaching, and had her own golf academy from 1996-2012 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. She has held her current position at the PGA Tour Academy since 2012.
She was selected by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America, was 2014 LPGA Teacher of the Year in the Southeastern Section, and was named by Golf Digest as Best Teacher in Florida for 2015-2016.
October 30, 2017
Former Little People’s player Ryan Armour scored his first PGA Tour victory in the Sanderson Farms Championship October 29. Ryan outscored his nearest opponent, Chesson Hedley, by five shots to finish at 19 under par. Another former Little People’s player, Beau Hossler finished T-8 at minus 10.
In the World Golf Championships HSBC Championship, completed October 29, former Little People’s player Peter Uihlein finished T-5 at minus 8, only six shots behind winner Justin Rose.
October 28, 2017
Three 2017 Pepsi Little People’s participants, Nicholas Piesen, Madison Reemsnyder and Nolan Haynes, are part of the 10-person Ohio PGA Junior League Team that will participate in the PGA Junior League National Championship November 17-19 at Gray Hawk Golf Course, Scottsdale, AZ.
The talented Ohio team defeated teams from Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan at regionals to win the opportunity to compete in the National Championship. Eight regional championship teams advance to the National Championship.
PGA Junior League Golf offers boys and girls, ages 13 and under of all abilities, a fun, social and inclusive opportunity to learn and play golf in a recreational team setting with their friends.
The Golf Channel will once again provide coverage of the three-day event.
Congratulations, and best wishes, to our Little People’s players!!
October 12, 2017
Two former Pepsi Little People’s players were among 10 players on the Symetra Tour to earn their LPGA cards for the 2018 season.
October 4, 2017
Twelve former Little People’s players will be competing in two Tour events the weekend of October 6, 2017.
Playing in the final 2017 Symetra event in Daytona Beach, FL, will be Becca Huffer, Mia Piccio, Margarita Ramos and Emma Talley.
In Napa, CA, at the first PGA Tour event of the 2018 season, will be D.A. Points, Zach Johnson, Dicky Pride, Richy Werenski, and new Tour card holders Ryan Armour, Adam Schenk, Beau Hossler and Peter Uihlein.
Good luck to all these former Pepsi Little People’s players!
October 2, 2017
Former Little People’s player Rory McIlroy finished second in the 2017 British Masters, despite a final-round 63. Paul Dunne edged McIlroy by 3 shots to take the coveted European Tour title.
September 29, 2017
Boys and girls aged 5 through 14 may try to qualify for the 2018 IMG Academy Junior Golf Championships while participating in the 2018 Pepsi Little People’s. The IMG will be held in the San Diego, CA, area July 9-13. Entry forms for Little People’s will be available at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com on February 1. Get your entry in early!! Sent 10/1/17
September 20, 2017
Six players from the 2017 Tri-State Junior Golf Tour have won scholarships to compete in the 2018 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, it was announced by Lindsay Burry, TSJGT Tournament Director.
Winner for 8-under boys was Ty Novosel, while Logan Lansing and Sophia Gold won in their 9-11 age groups.
Laci Novosel won in her 12-14 girls division, while Conner Bross and Mya Geise won in their 15- 17 age groups.
Scholarships in each division are awarded based on a player’s participation in the Tri-State tournaments throughout the year.
The 2017 Tour was sponsored by Little People’s, Breakfast Optimist Club, KHQA TV-7 and Refreshment Services Pepsi.
The Tri-State Junior Golf Tour will celebrate its 27th anniversary in 2018, and is looking forward to another strong year of offering an opportunity to junior golfers who are eager to learn more about the game of golf and to ‘grow’ their golfing skills.
“We want to make it possible for more kids to learn about and enjoy the game,” stated the then Tournament Director Tami Fleischman, in 1992. “It’s important for kids to learn how to compete against their peers – that’s what the Tri-State is all about.”
The Junior Tour this year offered six events in the Tri-State area, and was run by Tournament Director Lindsay Burry, a former Tri-State Junior Golf Tour and Pepsi Little People’s player.
The tournament schedule started June 15 at Westview Golf Course, and was followed by Rolling Greens Golf Course in Mt. Sterling, Norwoods Golf Club in Hannibal, Spring Lake Country Club in Quincy, Shaeffer Memorial Golf Park in Ft. Madison, and Quincy Country Club.
Players who competed in all events each year gain the opportunity for a paid entry-fee scholarship to play in the next Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.
Entry fee for each Tri-State event is a minimal $20-$30, depending on age group.
Players 8 and under play 5 150-200 yard holes, those 9-11 play 9 holes, and those 12-14 and 15-17 play 18 holes. There are separate divisions for boys and for girls in each of the four age groups. Trophies go to the top players in each of the four divisions for girls and four divisions for boys.
The 2018 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships will be held June 18-20 at the Knights of Columbus Par-3 and Westview Golf Course in Quincy. The Tri-State Junior Golf Tour is conducted under the Little People’s Golf Championships Association umbrella.
September 3, 2017
Another former Little People’s player, Haydn Porteous, was victorious this weekend! Haydn came from behind to win the Czech Masters and claim his second Euro tour title. Shooting a 3-under 69 the final day, Porteous claimed his victory at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague. Porteous won the Joburg Open last year. The Czech event marked the beginning of a year-long qualification process for an automatic spot on Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup Team.
September 3, 2017
Former British Open Champion and Little People’s player Todd Hamilton, now playing on the Champions Tour, finished T-3 in the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club. Congratulations Todd!!
September 3, 2017
Little People’s alumnae shine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club Scarlet Course!
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.
July 22, 2017
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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…
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.
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.
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 email@example.com and for information on Little Linksters, contact Brendon Elliott, PGA at firstname.lastname@example.org