The Little Brown Jug Junior Golf Classic will return at Hidden Valley Golf Course for its 42nd year after a one-year hiatus.
The tournament, open to golfers ages 7 to 17, will be primarily sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Delaware County, Noon Club. Young golfers can compete in age groups of 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-13 years and 14-17.
“The community will be glad to see it back up and running again,” said Jeff Hall, club president.
“What we’re all about is kids … this is our chance to do it,” he said.
Edward Schlote, the event coordinator agreed. He said it’s a chance to increase not only interest in golf among young people but for the city-owned 9-hole golf course on West William Street.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8.
Traditionally, the tournament took place the day after the horse parade in September. But much has changed since the competition first started in 1974.
Years ago it was the only youth golf event in the area but started competing with other similar events in later years. In addition, the new date will allow high school golfers to play as Ohio school rules don’t allow students on their golf teams to participate in a non-school event, even if they have no conflict, during the season, which now start as early as August, Schlote said.
Notable golfers that played in the tournament include Ben Curtis, who won the 2003 Open Championships. Curtis won at least six times in the junior classic tournament while growing up in Delaware County.
Sponsors and interested players should contact Schlote at 740-417-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information go www.delawarekiwanis.com.
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