The Duncan Banner

May 20, 2013

Family to raise money for son at annual tournament

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — To give their son a second chance to tee off against some of the top youth golfers from around the world, the Stephens family will once again turn to the same sport he has grown to love at a tournament next month.

The family will try to raise money for Caden Stephens to compete at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship for the second straight year at the 2nd Annual Team Caden Classic Scramble at Twin Oaks Golf Course Saturday, June 1. The event will include a $50 entry fee, with most of the proceeds going toward giving Caden a second crack at winning a kids golf world title.

“Our main goal is to get Caden back to that tournament,” Caden’s father Sam Stephens said. “He’s a great kid who has found something he loves and has really succeeded at it.”

After finishing 14th out of more than 1,200 participants at last year’s worldwide tournament, Caden Stephens has already qualified for this year’s championship, which will take place August 1-4 in Pinehurt, North Carolina.

Now eight years old, Caden Stephens has grown up with the sport, beginning his time on the fairways at an early age. The connection dates back to the first days of his childhood, when one of the presents he received as an infant was a set of golf clubs, bought by Sam Stephens months before he was born. He has taken lessons from Mike Hansen, the PGA Golf Professional at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, and reached Oklahoma’s youth golf state tournament last weekend.

Stephens said the tournament will also serve a charitable purpose, with part of the funds being dedicated to the Gabriel House. A complimentary lunch will be provided to all participants.