World Stars of Amateur Golf set for July 21-23 in Las Vegas
12 May 2015
by Conner Penfold of AmateurGolf.com

Sun Mountain Course at Paiute Golf Resort<br>(Paiute Golf Resort photo)
Sun Mountain Course at Paiute Golf Resort
(Paiute Golf Resort photo)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — When Marty LaRoche, PGA Teaching Professional at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., started the World Stars of Junior Golf (formerly the World Masters of Junior Golf) in 2009, he set out to create the most premier junior tournament in the nation. His mission was to provide junior boys and girls ages 5 to 18, from all over the world, with the most competitive field and the ultimate tournament experience.

Beginning with 97 players from eight countries in its inaugural year, the tournament has grown to attract more than 300 players from 35 different countries by 2014.

But there is more to build upon.

"The kids were having such a blast but when they turned 19, they said, 'You have to do another event for amateur golfers and collegiate players that can participate in this,'" LaRoche said.

Now, in 2015, LaRoche has expanded the tournament to have an open amateur division (to include players of college age and above), and he wants the same growth to apply to the new event.

"It has an Olympic feel because there are so many countries represented," he said. "You won't be playing with people that you play with all the time."

The first annual World Stars of Amateur Golf will be held Tuesday, July 21 through Thursday, July 23 in one of the best golf hotbeds in the nation — Las Vegas.

The 54-hole tournament will be housed at Paiute Golf Resort, 12 minutes door-to-door from the tournament's accommodating hotel — the J.W. Marriott. With three courses, all designed by the world-renowned Pete Dye, tournament players will get a unique look each round at spectacular Las Vegas golf.

Wolf Course, 15th hole (Paiute Golf Resort photo)
Featured is the Wolf Course, a beast of a track that holds the record for longest in Nevada. At over 7,600 yards, the course's undulating greens and signature par-three 15th (pictured), with an island green, make this the most notable of the three.

Next is the Sun Mountain course, deemed the "Gentler Dye." Likely the easiest of the three courses, Sun Mountain features majestic desert mountain back-drops, as well as Paiute's own "Amen Corner."

Finishing off the trio is the resort's original — Snow Mountain. With the best par-threes on the property, the course boasts wide fairways and traditional Dye railroad ties sprawled across the course.

For more information on Paiute Golf Resort, visit their website at lvpaiutegolf.com. Players will begin the week with registration on Sunday before Monday's practice rounds and Welcome Reception at the J.W. Marriott Grand Ballroom.

The tournament will be ranked by the World Amateur Golf Rankings, as well as Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, and is sure to be an elite event.

Sign-ups are being accepted now at worldstarsofamateurgolf.com.

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