US Kids Golf Phoenix announces fall tour champions

The U.S. Kids Golf Phoenix Fall Local Tour wrapped up its third tour of 2011 Sunday December 18 at Rio Verde CC. Throughout the fall, U.S. Kids Golf played eight of the finest courses in the Phoenix area, Gainey Ranch GC, Bear Creek GC, Grandview GC, Villa De Paz GC, Vista Verde GC, Ken McDonald GC and Rio Verde CC. Congratulations to all winners!

Girls 7 – Sky Avery (Rio Rancho, NM)
Girls 8 – Madeline Adam (Chandler, AZ)
Girls 9 – Emily Shimkus (Cave Creek, AZ)
Girls 11 – Aliece Pierce (Prescott, AZ)
Girls 12 – Elizabeth Calderelli (Scottsdale, AZ)
Girls 13 – Makayla Fitzpatrick (Phoenix, AZ)
Boys 6 and under – Isaiah Saucedo (Glendale, AZ)
Boys 7 – Devon Sanders (Buckeye, AZ)
Boys 8 – Thomas Velarde (Chandler, AZ)
Boys 9 – Jack Homer (Scottsdale, AZ)
Boys 10 – Ben Lorenz (Peoria, AZ)
Boys 11 – Davis Evans (Phoenix, AZ)
 Boys 12 – Gabe Velarde (Chandler, AZ)
Boys 13 – Brady Hatten (Gilbert, AZ)
 Boys 14 – Trevor Balvin (Scottsdale, AZ)

US Kids 2012 Tour kicks off April 1, 2012 at Lone Tree Golf Club. The tour will play eight events in April and May. Coming up February 18 and 19 is US Kids Regional Tournament held at the Wigwam Resort. Last year’s event brought almost 300 golfers from 44 states and 7 countries. For more information, visit U.S. Kids Golf Local Tours provide boys and girls, ages 5 to 14, the opportunity to advance their golf skills in age-appropriate competition without having to take the time and incur the costs of having to travel long distances. Similar to the PGA Tour, players at U.S. Kids Golf events are encouraged to have caddies to help them play their best. Allowing caddies is a special component of our tournaments and is part of our commitment to encouraging family interaction that builds lasting memories. Players age 8 and under must have a caddie at all times. The top five finishers in each age group will receive priority status from U.S. Kids Golf, granting them priority registration for major events. The Player of the Year in each age group will receive green status, the highest level awarded, which results in an invitation to the World Championship, held each year at Pinehurst Resort. For more information contact Dale Balvin at [email protected] or phone 602-350-5733. About the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation organizes more than 400 golf tournaments for kids each year, including Local Tours in more than 40 cities, ten Qualifiers across the nation, six Regional Championships, a European Championship and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship, which are held each year in Pinehurst, N.C. In partnership with the PGA of America, the Foundation also supports the U.S. Kids Golf Family Course program, which provides guidelines that help courses make the game easier to learn and more fun for kids and their families.