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USGLL National Championship

Golfing little leaguers took some big swings in Johnson City on Monday. Members of U.S. Golf Little League teed off their national championship this week.For some, this week at traditions at the Glen will be their first time playing for a national title.

Flying in all the way from California nine-year old Annika Morallos will participate in her first national championship tournament starting Tuesday.

"I saw how fun it was because I watch my sister play all the time and I traveled with her from there to here.  I just wanted to play the course and try it," said golfer Annika Morallos.

USGLL is a non-profit organization offering both boys and girls between the ages of six and 18 the opportunity to compete together in golf tournaments and its the second year traditions has hosted the tournament.

President of USGLL Kevin Flanagan said, "Most of the kids don't get to play on a number quality of  golf course like this. But they're also treated hospitality wise, better than none at any place that we've been. So its become our joy to coordinate this and bring all the kids out from around the country out here to traditions."

Some young golfers say they've participated in
hundreds of tournaments and they have a positive outlook on the games each time.

Tyler Schafer, golfer said, "Teamwork, respect and integrity for the game. So respect other players even if they're not the best players you still treat them the same.
As for Marallos, she know her parents will be cheering her on every step of the way.

"They're proud of me and I'm proud of me too. "

There are a total of four teams of six players.
National finals will take place Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday with morning and afternoon sessions starting at 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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