2022 News

2022 News

 

JANIUARY 15

Pepsi Little People’ Golf Championships is pleased to announce that it will again be a qualifying event for boys and girls ages 5 through 14 for IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, CA.

            The lowest scoring boy and girl aged 5 through 14 will qualify to play in Junior World July 11-15, if he or she has registered to try to qualify at Little People’s and has met the birthdate qualifications.

            Registration to try to qualify for the Junior World will be available at the Little People’s tournament  in Quincy, IL, on Sunday, June 19, from noon until 6 pm, and on Monday, June 20, from 9 am until 5 pm.  There is a $5 registration fee which goes to Junior World.  Competition for Little People’s is June 21-22, 2022.

            “We are delighted to be able to offer this to our players ages 5 through 14 in the 2022 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships,” stated Nan Ryan, Founder and Executive Director of Pepsi Little People’s.  “Little People’s has been a qualifying event for the IMG Junior World since 2010.  We have been able to qualify many players each year for this prestigious tournament, and look forward to having many more participants qualify this year.”

            In 2021, 13 Pepsi Little People’s players qualified to play in IMG event, which has been an integral part of the junior golf scene since 1968, when 475 junior golfers competed.  Today, the IMG tournament has grown to 1250 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states.  It is the largest international event in the world and is unique for its international representation and cultural diversity.

            Entry form and information on the 2022 Pepsi Little People’s will be available at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com on February 1, or call or text Nan Ryan at 217-257-5718.

 

JANUARY 14

The Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships is delighted to announce that the 2022 tournament will again be recognized by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).  Little People’s has been a part of the AJGA recognition system since 1987, with the winners and subsequent places in the boys and girls 14-18 and 12-13 divisions receiving Performance Stars.  Below are the Performance Stars given for each Division in 2022.

Boys

Age

Rank

Status

12 – 13

1 to 1

2 Stars

12 – 13

2 to 5

1 Star

14 – 18

1 to 1

8 Stars

14 – 18

2 to 5

4 Stars

14 – 18

6 to 10

1 Stars

     

Girls

Age

Rank

Status

12 – 13

1 to 1

2 Stars

12 – 13

2 to 3

1 Star

14 – 18

1 to 1

8 Stars

14 – 18

2 to 3

4 Stars

14 – 18

4 to 5

1Stars

     

It is important that Pepsi Little People’s is able to offer its golfers in these age groups an opportunity to gain AJGA Performance Stars, as it helps them to build a resume under the AJGA PBE system and helps with possible college scholarships.  In addition, it provides the AJGA an opportunity to recognize and provide opportunities to golfers who might not have had a chance to play in an AJGA event.

The 49th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, for boys and girls ages 3 through 18, will be played June 20-22 at two golf courses in Quincy, IL.  Throughout the past 48 years, more than 24,000 young golfers have played in Little People’s.  Many of them are now instrumental in golf in some way, and a good number are now playing on one of the professional golf tours or on their college or high school teams.

Entry Form and additional information on the 2022 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships will be available on February 1 at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com, or call or text Tournament Director Nan Ryan at 217-257-5718.

JANUARY 3

LITTLE PEOPLE’S ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2022

The 49th Annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships will be played June 20-22, at two Quincy, Illinois, golf courses.

            Pepsi Little People’s is an international event for boys and girls ages 3 through 18. During the past 48 years,  players have come from every state and some 38 countries.  It has been sponsored since its inception in 1974 by Refreshment Services Pepsi.

Players ages 3-7 will play their two tournament rounds at the KC Par-3 Golf Course, while golfers ages 8-18 will play their two competitive rounds at the 27-hole Westview Golf Course.  

            Pepsi Little People’s offers all players an opportunity to qualify for or gain points for many other major junior golf tournaments, such as the IMG Junior World, Future Champions Golf, Notah Begay Regional National Championship and PLAY Junior Golf Tour of Canada.  Players also gain rankings from Junior Golf Scoreboard, Sagarin, and Global Junior Golf Rankings – so important to their future college resumes.

            Play is 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).

            Trophies are awarded to the top three finishers in each division, with medals going to places 4-6 in the 10-18  age divisions.  All non-trophy winners ages 3 through 9 receive participant medals.

            Tournament events start on Sunday, June 19, with the annual Applebee’s Parent-Child tournament, an optional 9-hole alternate shot event featuring one adult or sibling and one Little People’s participant.

            Monday, June 20, is practice round day for all participants and includes the Applebee’s Closest to the Pin contest on the 9th hole at Westview.  The winner receives a $75 gift certificate from the Westview Pro Shop.  It is followed by the annual Family Celebration Picnic, sponsored by Pepsi, Hy-Vee, WGEM and See Quincy, for all participants, families, friends and sponsors, on the KC grounds.

            Competition in all divisions is held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-22,  immediately followed by prize presentations for each age group on Wednesday.

            The annual Pepsi Little People’s is an opportunity for players to gain competitive experience, gain entrance into other major junior events, be nationally ranked, and for player and families to reacquaint with old friends and make new friends.

            Entry forms and information on the 2022 Pepsi Little People’s will be available on the website at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com, on February 1.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Tournament Director Nan Ryan at jrgolfer@littlepeoplesgolf.com, or by texting or calling 217-257-5718.

JANUARY 7 

APPLEBEE’S TO SPONSOR PARENT-CHILD AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS

           Pepsi Little People’s is pleased to announce that Applebee’s will again sponsor the ever-popular Parent-Child tournament, Closest to the Pin Contest  and associated events in 2022.

            The optional 9-hole Applebee’s Parent-Child will be played Sunday (Father’s Day), June 19, 2022, on holes #19-#27 at Westview Golf Course, Quincy, IL.  The alternate shot event is the kick-off to the 49th

 annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, which will be played June 20-22 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 20 , 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 Founder and Executive Director.  “Applebee’s has long been a strong supporter of the tournament with its Closest to the Pin contest.  Sponsorship of the Parent-Child and associated events solidifies their belief in junior golf and Little People’s.” 

“Applebee’s has been part of Little People’s in Quincy for seven years and really enjoys the partnership with this great event,” stated Kevin Allardice Managing Partner of The Bloomin’ Apple, LCC, franchisee of Applebee’s.  “ I love seeing the lifelong bonds this parent-child event brings to the Quincy community.  We proudly support the Little People’s Golf Championships!

            “We are happy to continue our sponsorship of the Closest to the Pin Contest and the Parent-Child event,”  added Allardice.  “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.”