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Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills 2019

"SNAG Golf" super kids escorted the Pros on the Final Round at Shishido Hills

Kids with Kodai Ichihara
Hand to hand, the love of golf is passed on. The Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills celebrated its 20th Anniversary and annual "Final Round Kids Escort "was done in the same cerebrating atmosphere.

Yesterday at Shishido Hills East Course, the Ibaragi Sectional for the National SNAG Golf Championship (will be held in July) was held. Last year's winning school of this sectional was from the Shishido Hills hometown, Kazama City Public Iwama No3 Elementary School. On Monday, Kodai Ichihara, Defending Champion of last year's Shishido Hills visited the Iwama No3 Elementary School to give lesson on SNAG Golf. They promised each other to defend their titles.

Kids kept their promise and defended their title, but Kodai couldn't. But Kodai was greeted by the sectional winning kids and was escorted to the 1st tee. Kodai praised the kids for their wonderful work and told them to have good luck on the National Championship as well.

Runner-up of the sectional was same Kazama City Public Kita-Kawane Elementary School. The school have their own hero in the Shishido Hills field, Rikuya Hoshino. Rikuya lives just 15 minutes' drive from the course, and he learned how to play golf here.
Yuki Shibara (6th grader) and Yuta Ito (6th grader) were joyous to be escorting their hero.
"We are so happy to be his junior at same school."
They are eager to win at the National Championship as well.

On the sectional tournament, 4 schools from Fukushima Prefecture joined to have the experience of tournament atmosphere. They also joined the kid's escorts.

Fukushima's Nishigou Town Public Yone Elementary was selected to be Ryo Ishikawa's escort. Then came the problem, "which 2 kids will be able to hold hands with Ryo?"
Surprisingly, kids decided upon themselves by making lottery and Rina Hiruta (6th grader) and Yuki Ootaka (5th grader) got the privilege.

They seemed to be nervous, but when Ryo asked, "did you enjoy it yesterday?" They replied with a big smile saying, "it was really fun!"
Shishido Hills provided the future golfers with wonderful learning experience and unforgettable 2 days.
  • Rikuya Hoshino is our hero
  • Ryo Ishikawa's group "we had lots of fun!"
  • Students from Fukishima Prefecture "See you again at the National Championship"