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Elephant Rock junior golfers attend first competition

Levi Burlington Jack Dent, Donnie Dent, Sara Renaldo, Anna Little, Serra Little, Tommy Ross, Mia Schmitz, Otto Jorgenson, (back row) Jace Maebe, Brody Trimble and Braylon Miller prepare to play their first match at Pine Canyon Golf Course. Submitted photo

Levi Burlington Jack Dent, Donnie Dent, Sara Renaldo, Anna Little, Serra Little, Tommy Ross, Mia Schmitz, Otto Jorgenson, (back row) Jace Maebe, Brody Trimble and Braylon Miller prepare to play their first match at Pine Canyon Golf Course. Submitted photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - In its second season, the PGA Junior League golf program at Elephant Rocks Golf Course is reaching out to the youth in Williams who are getting professional instruction and experience in their own backyard.

Golf Pro Scott Little is heading up the program at the Williams golf course this year.

"We have a twelve player team this year," Little said. "We started in May and just played our first match of the year at Pine Canyon."

Little said the Williams team is part of the northern Arizona league which consists of teams from Pine Canyon, Forest Highlands and Continental golf courses in Flagstaff.

"We are probably the youngest team that is anywhere to be found," Little said. "But they all did great (at the first match) and had an amazing time. Nobody had anything other than fun."

The matches are made up of boys and girls, age 13 and younger, who are put into teams of two with one younger and one older player. They play three more matches with the season closing at the end of July.

"We encourage as many 13 year-olds as we can get," Little said. "We are a fairly small community so we have four kiddos in that 12 to 13 year-old range. We have a bunch of kids that are 10 and under that get to play with one of the older kids. The older can be a peer or mentor to the youngers and it works out really nice."

Little said he is pleased with the turnout of players this year and is excited for future years.

"All but four are eligible to come back so we'll have a good year next year too," he said.

Little encourages any youth interested in learning more about golf to attend Elephant Rock's upcoming instructional series that begins July 8.

"They are instructional in nature for any age group 17 and under, as young as six," Little said. "They will be clinic style once per week. If we get a big signup it will be broken down by age bracket."

Little said he looks forward to working with the Williams youth and will be putting together a high school team in January of 2017.

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