'The Short Game': Award-winning golf documentary opens Sept. 20

The Short Game
Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films
Alexa Pano and Allan Kournikova in "The Short Game."
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 2:19 p.m.
The golf documentary "The Short Game" is nearly set for its anticipated opening in U.S. movie theaters.
The feature length film from Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films received a 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary Feature. It was named a must see at the festival by Yahoo! Movie Talk
Here's a basic summary of the film from the press release:
"The Short Game" follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year-old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. The annual tournament held at golfing mecca Pinehurst, North Carolina, brings in 1,500 young golfers from 54 different countries and determines who will be crowned golf’s next phenom. In its course, the eight stories entwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families, in which the narrow-focused, peculiar and highly competitive junior golf subculture becomes both a window into contemporary global society and an inspiring reflection of the human condition.
The movie will feature cameos by "some of golf’s most iconic playing and teaching legends," including PGA members Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Bob Toski, Chi-Chi Rodriguez and PGA Honorary Member Gary Player. 
The movie is partnering with the PGA of America to help promote the film.
“The PGA of America is proud to partner with Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films in the promotion of ‘The Short Game,’ which is a very fun and entertaining movie on the ups and downs of competing in junior golf,” said PGA President Ted Bishop in the press release. “We believe it is important to lend our support to this motion picture, which advances the game of golf and introduces it to new and exciting audiences. This is a film that everyone can enjoy for its humor and compelling nature of showing the commitment these junior golfers make, in order to play the game against the best young golfers in the world"
Said Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films: “This movie is for golf fans of all generations, as it communicates the important message that working hard will help you to achieve your goals and dreams.”
The movie is directed by Emmy Award winner Josh Greenbaum. Entertainers Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are among executive producers on the film.
“The Short Game” will open in select cities on September 20th. For more information, visit www.theshortgamemovie.com
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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.