U.S. Kids Golf Local Tours are created to provide boys and girls, ages 5 to 18, the opportunity to advance their skills in the game in age-appropriate competition without having to take the time and incur the costs of having to travel long distances.
Local Tours consists of between six and eight one-day tournaments including a season-ending one-day Local Tour Championship. Players earn awards and points for each tournament and locally here in Sacramento, our First Tee of Greater Sacramento facilitates several tour events throughout the year.
The most recent event was here in Carmichael at Sacramento County’s Ancil Hoffman Golf Course on Sunday the 25th of April. The early spring weather was a little unpredictable with the kids dodging a sprinkle or two under the slightly windy and cloudy skies.
If your eyes are seeing double on this week’s leaderboard, it just might because we had some sibling sets doing equally well in their respective age divisions. The Yoons from Reno, Nevada and the Kalfsbeeks from Woodland performed great individually.
In the girl’s 13-14 division, Kailey Yoon from Reno took home honors with a consistent +3 score of 75 across the tough track with one birdie along the way. Sacramento’s Morgan Pittman followed in second place with a score of +7 79.
Paavni Behl from El Dorado Hills took home honors in the girl’s 11-12 division with a duplicate score of +3 75 in a round in which she rolled in three birdies. Camily Yoon of Reno followed up in second place with a score of +7 79.
Reno’s Stella Yoon wasn’t going to be outdone by her older siblings by winning the Girl’s 9-10 age group with a score of +5 41. Rocklin’s Payton Chan finished one stroke behind at +6 with a 42.
And in the Girl’s 8 and under division, Blake Kalfsbeek from Woodland shot an amazing even par 36 with four birdies on their 1,200-yard track to take home her age group win. Vaanya Behl from Sacramento finished four strokes back with a 40 to take second place
Over on the boys’ side of things, Casey Kasney from Elk Grove rolled in two late birdies in his round of golf including one on the tough #18 hole to take home the win in the 13-14 age group with a +3 75. Sacramento’s own Luke Harrison finished one stroke back with a +4 76.
In the 12-year-old division, Elk Grove’s Andrew Zhou fired a +3 up and down round of 75 with four birdies of his own to take home the medalist round in his division. Folsom’s Reid Bulman finished two strokes back of Andrew with a +5 77.
One year younger in the 11-year-old division, Woodland’s Tyler Kalfsbeek cruised with four birdies of his own to shot an even par 72 to win his division. West Sacramento’s Tanner Solis finished four strokes back with an outstanding round of +4 76.
In the competitive boys 10-year-old division, El Dorado Hills’ Cooper Westphal fired a 2-under round of 34 to lead by two of over second place finisher Dillon Stefani from Windsor who fired an even-par round of 36.
Santa Rosa’s Landon Graves shot a +1 score to take home the win I the 9-year-olds, Lincoln’s Jax Adams and Carmichael’s Jack Harger shared honors with duplicate + 3 39’s to share the 8-year-old win, Manteca’s Brayden Devera fired +1 37 to lead all 7-year-olds and Legend Jones from Rancho Murieta lead all the 6 & unders with a +5 41.
The next stop at the tour will be at Bing Maloney GC on May 2nd.