Middle School Seventh-Grader Going After Top Golf Prize

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Rim Country Middle School seventh-grader Dean Harpe, 12, will be playing in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships in North Carolina.

Rim Country Middle School seventh-grader Dean Harpe, 12, is itching to have a shot at winning the top prize in youth golf.

His chance will take place Aug. 6 to 8 and Pinehurst Golf Club in North Carolina where the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships will be contested.

If Harpe is among the top finishers during the first two days, he will be invited to participate on one of two teams — U.S. and International — that will battle Aug. 9 in match play for the U.S. Kids Golf World Cup.

Players on the winning team will receive replicas of the World Cup trophy. All qualifying players receive U.S. Kids World Cup golf bags.

Harpe’s mother Yvette, the Rim Country Middle School assistant principal, said her son is elated to be playing in the prestigious world championships, but also excited to play the 114-year-old Pinehurst which is one of the most exclusive and historical golf clubs in the country. The U.S. Open will be played there in 2014.

Dean Harpe qualified to play in the World Championships, which is expected to draw youths from around the world, on June 23 at Lone Tree golf club near Chandler. There, he won the 12-year-old age group championship carding a one-over-par 72.

During the fray he scored three birdies and was under par at the turn.

The second-place golfer finished seven strokes behind Harpe.

While that win was a huge accomplishment, the RCMS student has shined at other tournaments winning three gold medals. He was first in a JGAA tournament played April 23 at Los Colinas near Queen Creek and took top honors in U.S. Kids tournaments contested June 25 at Club West in Phoenix and on May 29 at the same Lone Tree course he qualified for the world championships.

In addition to Harpe’s accomplishments on the links, he is a pitcher on the Payson Little League 11- to 12-year-old All-Star team that is now playing in the Area One postseason tournament.

During the regular season he played on the major league Diamondbacks.

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