Coast youth golfers head for World Championships

Five junior golfers from Diamondhead have qualified for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships being held in Pinehurst, N.C., later this week. Holden Levenson, 7, Karstyn Altese, 7, Jack Lawson, 8, Mateo Jimenez, 12, and Katelynn Altese, 12. Altese and Jimenez are from Diamondhead, with Lawson from Pass Christian and Levenson from Long Beach. They earned eligibility status to play in the championship by their play on the U.S. Kids Golf Gulf Coast Local Tour. The U.S. Kids Golf World Championship is the largest event in the world for players 12-and-under. This three-day tournament attracts over 1,200 participants from across the United States and more than 30 countries abroad. To receive an invitation, junior golfers must complete the season as a top player in their age category and shoot the minimum score as required by the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship committee.