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Families come to Quincy from across the globe for the 40th PLPGC

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Nine year old Jacob Jones and his family flew in from England for this week's Little People's Championships. Nine year old Jacob Jones and his family flew in from England for this week's Little People's Championships.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) --  From the United States, to China, England and all places in between, 350 of the best young players in the world found their way to Quincy to play in the 40th Pepsi Titan Little People's Golf Championships.

"I really wanted to come to America to play golf," said nine year old Jacob Jones, who came all the way from England to play in the tournament.

"My granddad lives here and I never get to see him, and he really wanted to play with me, so we came here to play in America and see my granddad."

"I promised him that if he ever qualified, we'd bring him," added Jacob's father Matt.

"His granddad lives in Dallas Texas and he never gets to see him. My brother lives in Canada, and he's come down, and my cousin lives in London, and he's flown over. So we've made it a family reunion on the back end of Jacob qualifying for the Pepsi Kids 40th Anniversary."

Everyone wants to win, and dreams of becoming the next Rory McIlroy, or Tiger Woods, but there's much more to the experience.

Many say that the lessons taken from golf at a young age, are more than about putting, chipping, or topping a leader board

"Life is about competing to meet your own goals and your own expectations, so you play as an individual to meet your own goals," said Pearl Dovhey from Florida, whose five year old daughter Bella is playing this week.

"I think that's a good thing for children to learn. Some discipline, some control, and a goal to set for yourself to try and achieve."

"It teaches them a lot of the basics," added Matt Jones.

"He opens doors for people, he takes his hat off when he walks into buildings, and I think that's developed through golf."

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