It was a first of its kind today in Minot at the Jack Hoeven Wee Links Golf Course.
The North Dakota Golf Association sponsored the 13 and Under North Dakota State Championship.
The first one ever.
Perry Olson caught up with some of these youngsters on the course.
They were ready to go at the sound of the horn Tuesday in Minot -- the 13 and Under North Dakota State Championships were underway...
(Steve Kottsick - Minot Golf Professional) "I think it is going to be something that is a nice tradition for the kids."
"How did that one feel? Good!"
More than two dozen competitors, both boys and girls were on hand for this inaugural event. The North Dakota Golf Association sponsored the event...and will continue to...with the goal of keeping the game growing.
(Steve Kottsick - Minot Golf Professional) "Golf is kinda like riding a bike. If you start young it is a lot easier than trying to take up the game when you are 40 or 45 so to introduce the kids to the game now is a great thing."
And doing so in a tournament format? Even better for these youngsters!
(Blake Boeshas - Mandan 11-yr-old) "After you get done you can win prizes...like money for the pro shop!"
Of course winning is fun...but not the only goal...enjoying the outdoors, the game, and the company is important too..
(Jack Wilhelmi - Stanley 13-yr-old) "There are new people you get to golf with...it is fun to get out there and golf with people you don't know."
"Why are you excited?" (Kasen Rostad - Minot 7 yr old) "Just to come out and have fun..."
And Kasen and everyone else did exactly that Tuesday. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.
Kottsick says next year they anticipate making the event a two day tournament -- if all goes well this year.