Jr. golfers hit the course before the pros

While the Kiahuna Golf Course played host to some of the state’s best Jr. golfers, right up the road at the Po’ipu Bay Golf Course, the best professional golfers in the world, will tee it up on Tuesday for the Grand Slam of Golf.

The Hawai’i State Junior Golf Association’s (HSJGA) Mary Bea Porter-King roamed the course to witness the Kiahuna Invitational Jr. Golf tournament, which began yesterday and continues today.

The event features an all ages competition for 36 holes of play.

But Kaua’i is used to hosting big Jr. Golf tournaments, especially during the past couple of months, as the Jr. Tour Series invaded the Puakea Golf Course last month.

As the season winds down, Jr. Golfers from across the state vie for end of season honors.

There are only two events to go in the season.

The HSJGA’s Tournament of Champions is the final event of the year.

The contest is set for December 10-11 at the Wailea Emerald Course on Maui.

The Jr. Golfers will also be helping out at the PGA Grand Slam, a special event for the youngsters, who get to meet the pros.

A clinic was held yesterday for the junior volunteers, who will be assisting at the Grand Slam of Golf.

The group, as in the past, has been helping out with the filling of divots at the Po’ipu Bay Golf Course.

Who knows, maybe one day a Hawai’i Junior Golfer might be making the trip back home to golf in the Grand Slam someday.

But until then, the program will continue to groom good people, as well as golfers.

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