June 10, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Junior Golf Opportunities and Tournaments in July

Springfield-Greene County Park Board municipal golf courses are hosting summer clinics and leagues for juniors and beginning golfers, which last from one to five weeks, along with a number of other golfing events this summer.

Horton Smith Golf Course, 2409 S. Scenic Ave.

Starting the week of June 16—18, Horton Smith will host a five-week clinic for juniors, 5—14 years of age. The lessons will teach the basics of golf including swinging, putting and etiquette. The clinics run from 10—11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursday mornings from July 14—16. The cost is $70 per golfer.

After the clinics end each day during the five-week program, Horton Smith will host a junior golf league, where golfers will receive 30 minutes of instruction before two hours of play. The league runs from Noon—2:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per golfer.

Horton Smith will also host the 16th annual Jr. Masters Championship on Monday, June 22. Play begins at 8 a.m. and will be for juniors, 8—18 years of age. The cost is $10-20, depending on age range, and includes green fees, range balls, lunch and trophies.

Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course, 1825 E. Norton Road

Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course will host two, week-long golf clinics for juniors, 6—15 years of age. The clinics will be taught by PGA golf instructors and include play on the links. The clinics run 8:30—10:30 a.m., June 15—19 or June 22—26. The cost for each session is $70, or both sessions for $120.

The 2009 Junior City Championship tournament will take place Monday and Tuesday, July 27 & 28 at both the Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course and the nine-hole, par-three Betty Allison Golf Course on the same campus. The top 20 boys aged 13 – 17 and all girls 14 – 17 years of age qualify to play the second day of the tournament. The tournament decides who will compete against winners from Joplin, Mo. in the Horton Smith Jr. Cup tournament, a long-time rivalry between the two communities.

Rivercut Golf Course, 2850 W. Farm Road 190

A five-day “Get Golf Ready” clinic will be offered Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 for both juniors and all other beginning golfers of any age. The clinic begins each evening at 5:30 p.m. at Rivercut, and the five-day clinic fee is $99.

All graduates of the “Get Golf Ready” program can also participate in a five-week league at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday from June 30 – July 28. The league is a scramble format and all groups are shadowed by golf instructors. The league is $99 per person.

An American Junior Golf Association local qualifier will be held at noon, Wednesday, June 24 for all golfers 12 – 18 years of age. Call Rivercut for more information.

For more information, including registration details for any programs, contact Horton Smith at (417) 891-1639, Bill and Payne Stewart at (417) 833-9962, Rivercut at (417) 891-1645 or visit www.parkboard.org/info/golf .

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Family Foundation Tournament and activities will be held July 26—30 at Rivercut Golf Course, 2850 W. Farm Road 190.This is the third consecutive year that the event will be held in Springfield. In 2007, Rivercut received AJGA’s prestigious “Newcomer of the Year” award for being the top new event on the annual AJGA tournament schedule. AJGA Tournaments were the training ground for players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lorena Ochoa and Paula Creamer.

In 2008, the AJGA Tournament had 99 junior players and an estimated economic impact of $103,800 to the Springfield community.

For more information, media contact: Alan Cummins, Horton Smith (417) 891-1639; or Shawn Freeman, Bill and Payne Stewart (417) 833-9962; or Steve King, Rivercut, (417) 891-1645.