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Local kids get shot in golf events

Tournaments are set at seven metropolitan-area golf courses

U.S. Kids Golf has announced a series of competitive events designed to give local youngsters an opportunity to develop their golf skills and test their games at top area courses this summer. The Portland Tour will include seven one-day tournaments leading up to the two-day Tour Championship.

Tour events, which are open to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 12, are played on regulation courses that have been shortened through the use of age- and gender-appropriate tees placed closer to the holes.

Players can register for Tour events by going to www.uskidsgolf.com and clicking on Tournaments. A player's age on July 31, 2006, determines his or her age bracket for Tour events.

The Portland Tour begins at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City on June 19 and continues with events at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn on July 6, Battlecreek Golf Club in Salem on July 13, Sandelie Golf Club in West Linn on July 19, Quail Valley Golf Club in Banks on Aug. 3, Stone Creek on Aug. 14 and Rose City Golf Club in Portland on Aug. 22.

All events are stroke play with competitors grouped by age and gender. Players earn points based on their finish at each event. The top players in each age group qualify for the Tour Championship at OGA Golf Course, Aug. 28-29.

The player with the most points in each age and gender group at the end of the Tour season will be named Player of the Year and receive an invitation to a U.S. Kids Golf Regional Championship and to the 2007 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.

For more information, call 1-888-3 US KIDS or visit www.uskidsgolf.com.