Aaron and Camille Kuznik, members of the Orono High School golf team, recently traveled to Illinois to compete in the 46th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships. As one of the oldest and largest junior golf tournaments in the United States, Little People’s attracts hundreds of competitors ages three-18 each year. This year’s tournament included golfers from 21 states and seven countries. Over its long history, the tournament has been a stepping stone for many PGA and LPGA Tour players including Major Champions Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Ben Curtis and Todd Hamilton, as well as rising PGA players such as Beau Hossler.
The Kuznik siblings represented Orono and Minnesota well, with Aaron taking Medalist honors in the Boys 16-18 division and Camille finishing in second place in the Girls 16-18 division. Aaron led all golfers with an impressive bogey-free round of 68.
“I was really happy with how I played and how I chipped and putted. This is a nice tournament to win given its long history and tough field of competition, Aaron said.
Camille also had a very good tournament, shooting a 75 and ending up only one stroke off the leader. Camille was happy with her performance and particularly enjoyed playing with competitor’s from all over the world.
“I played with a really nice girl who is one of the top junior golfers from Indonesia. We plan to stay in touch and may see each other at some other big tournaments later in the summer, Camille said.
While Little People’s is typically a 2-day tournament, it was weather-shortened to only one day this year given significant rain and flash flood conditions that were experienced during the second day of competition.
The Kuznik’s performances will gain them entry into a number of other large junior tournaments during 2019 and they are planning to have a busy summer with national and international tournaments throughout the Midwest, Southeast and Eastern United States.