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The Red – White – Blue Invitational will be played at Pinehurst Resort and Longleaf Golf & Family Club

PINEHURST, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2016) – U.S. Kids Golf has added another major competition to the Pinehurst/Southern Pines community. The Red – White – Blue Invitational, the tenth Regional Championship for U.S. Kids Golf, will be a two-day junior competition played on three area courses, including Pinehurst No. 1, No. 8 and Longleaf Golf & Family Club on July 2-3, 2016. The championship will join the growing list of prestigious junior golf competitions held in the region, including the Donald Ross Junior Championship, and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships, which bring over 2200 junior golfers and their families from around the world to play on area courses.

U.S. Kids Golf Regional Championships are multi-day invitational tournaments that average more than 300 participants per event. The tournaments are typically scheduled around three-day weekends and school vacations, making them ideal family trips. The current list of Regional Championships includes the Copperhead Classic at Innisbrook in Florida, the Desert Shoot at the Wigwam Golf and Country Club in Arizona, the Jekyll Island Cup in Georgia, the Texas Open in Texas, the Seaview Open in New Jersey, the Palm Springs Open in California, PGA Golf Club Invitational in Florida, the Monterey Challenge in California and the Holiday Classic in Florida.

“The Red – White – Blue Invitational is important because it is both an outstanding championship for young golfers to aspire towards and also, a way for us as an organization and as patriotic citizens to say “Thank You” for our nation’s freedoms and the men and women in uniform who make those freedoms possible,” stated Chris Vonderkall, Vice President of Tournaments for U.S. Kids Golf. “It is important to us that as part of the local community – which includes Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the world, that we find ways to honor and appreciate the service and sacrifice of those who volunteer to stand up for all of us.”

The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation organizes more than 900 golf tournaments for kids each year with over 12,000 individual players ages 5-18. These tournaments include Local Tours from over 50+ cities worldwide, ten U.S.–based Regional Championships, seven international multi-day tournaments which includes the prestigious European Championship, and the pinnacle events held each year in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship.

The vision of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation is to provide kids and their families the opportunity participate in the game of golf through instruction and competition. They believe that family interaction is critical in the development of young golfers and encourage parents to serve as caddies for their kids during tournaments and to develop positive coaching techniques. In 2015, the Foundation took its mission to heart and purchased the Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
About U.S. Kids Golf:

U.S. Kids Golf, LLC is based in Atlanta and manufactures equipment and related golf products designed for kids. It was created in 1997 when Founder/CEO Dan Van Horn found that his children were losing their interest in golf due to not having the proper equipment. In addition to more than 4,000 golf shops and retail locations in the United States, the company’s products also are available in over 75 countries worldwide.

For more information about U.S. Kids Golf, please contact Lane Andrews ( at 770-441-3077, ext. 625.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.