Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Brings 81 Teenagers an Opportunity of a Lifetime

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The First Tee participants to play in official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach in September

St. Augustine, Fla. (July 6, 2016) – Participants representing chapters of The First Tee throughout the country have been selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official PGA TOUR Champions event hosted by Monterey Peninsula Foundation. The event will be held September 13-18 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.

Eighty-one young men and women listed below, ages 14 to 18, were selected by a national panel of judges that evaluated participants’ playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee.

“At Nature Valley we have great admiration for the mission of The First Tee. The program has such a meaningful impact in the lives of young people by strengthening important values like responsibility, judgement and perseverance. The opportunity for these teenagers to be selected as a part of The First Tee has the power to transform lives,” said Carla Vernón at General Mills. “The teenagers selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open have worked hard to prepare for this opportunity, and we are immensely proud to welcome them to this year’s tournament.”

The juniors will be teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Players committed to compete include two-time major championship winner John Daly, World Golf Hall of Fame member and 28-time PGA TOUR Champions winner Bernhard Langer, and defending champion Esteban Toledo.

The junior field was announced this morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The show included current U.S. Presidents Cup captain and soon-to-be PGA TOUR Champions member Steve Stricker, Quicken Loans National winner Billy Hurley III, PGA TOUR player and The First Tee alumnus Scott Langley, Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer and 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open pro-junior winner Michelle Xie surprising six juniors with the news of their selection. Highlights from the coverage can be found on www.golfchannel.com.

“We are pleased to introduce this year’s juniors in the Nature Valley First Tee Open, an event to which many have been working hard to secure their spot for years,” Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee, said. “We appreciate our partners—Nature Valley, PGA TOUR Champions, Pebble Beach Resorts, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Golf Channel—and their commitment to the event which is a life-changing experience for the juniors.”

In its 13th year, more than 710 participants from The First Tee chapters have benefited from the opportunity to play in the tournament by meeting and learning from PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field, utilizing the leadership and life skills they have acquired at their chapters. The Nature Valley First Tee Open is one of 10 national opportunities provided by The First Tee home office to encourage and motivate young people as they progress through the program and toward high school graduation.

The First Tee is a nonprofit youth development organization with golf programs centered on building character through Nine Core Values™: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event and Arnold Palmer, World Golf Hall of Fame member and Trustee of The First Tee, is honorary co-chair. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and final round will be played on Pebble Beach on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.thefirstteeopen.com. To learn more about The First Tee, visit www.thefirsttee.org.

The First Tee Participants Selected to Play in 2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open
Alphabetical by state

First Name: Last Name: Chapter: City: State:
Josie Robertson The First Tee of Central Arkansas Maumelle AR
William Gibson The First Tee of Fort Smith Fort Smith AR
Sydnie Gamble The First Tee of Fort Smith Greenwood AR
Grayson Martin The First Tee of Central Arkansas White Hall AR
Patrick Fernandez The First Tee of Phoenix Surprise AZ
Dylan Choi The First Tee of Greater Pasadena La Cañada CA
Caitlyn Yamashita The First Tee of Greater Pasadena Pasadena CA
Beah Cruz The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Fairfield CA
Emily Dixon The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Rocklin CA
Grant Leppek The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Rocklin CA
Neeve Chen The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Roseville CA
Jonathan Tanihana The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Sacramento CA
Calista Reyes The First Tee of San Diego San Diego CA
Catherine Batang The First Tee of San Francisco San Francisco CA
Madeline Zunino The First Tee of San Joaquin Stockton CA
Isabelle Castro The First Tee of Silicon Valley San Jose CA
Jacob Meyberg The First Tee of Silicon Valley San Jose CA
Joshua Meyberg The First Tee of Silicon Valley San Jose CA
Rachel Roter The First Tee of the Tri-Valley Livermore CA
Kailer Rundiks The First Tee of Denver Denver CO
Chase Skrubis The First Tee of Connecticut North Granby CT
Kaden Kinard The First Tee of Delaware New Castle DE
Nicholas Kresl The First Tee of Lakeland Lakeland FL
Jake Moscoso The First Tee of Miami Miami FL
Christian Taylor The First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples FL
Kelly Newbrough The First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples FL
Makenzie Hotchkiss The First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples FL
Peter George The First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples FL
Trevor Madridejos The First Tee of North Florida St. Augustine FL
Madelyn Dimitroff The First Tee of Northwest Florida Pensacola FL
Brandon Pozzie The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee Bradenton FL
Isabella Stepanek The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee Sarasota FL
Nicole Polivchak The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee Sarasota FL
Sadie Chlapowski The First Tee of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg FL
Claire Vermette The First Tee of  St. Petersburg St. Petersburg FL
James Morotti II The First Tee of Tampa Bay Brandon FL
Brandon Doner The First Tee of The Palm Beaches Palm Beach Gardens FL
Alejandra Ayala The First Tee of Atlanta Alpharetta GA
Brette Bryant The First Tee of Augusta Evans GA
Emily Harvey The First Tee of Valparaiso Crown Point IN
Yianni Kostouros The First Tee of Valparaiso Crown Point IN
Cole Elmore The First Tee of Salina Salina KS
Tyler Armstrong The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary LA
Julia Simon The First Tee of Greater New Orleans New Orleans LA
Jarius Gaines The First Tee of Greater Baltimore Baltimore MD
Tyler Burkum The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District Maple Grove MN
Pierce Robinson The First Tee of The Foothills Kings Mountain NC
Connor Moore The First Tee of The Triangle Durham NC
Kayla Parsons The First Tee of The Triangle Raleigh NC
Ryan Birkedal The First Tee of The Triad Lewisville NC
Lauren Thibodeau The First Tee of New Hampshire Hampstead NH
Abbi Fleiner The First Tee of Northern Nevada Reno NV
Joshua Fleiner The First Tee of Northern Nevada Reno NV
Faith Francisco The First Tee of Metropolitan New York Wantagh NY
Summer Marshall The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City Norman OK
Soulai Vang The First Tee of Tulsa Oologah OK
Tya Seth The First Tee of Greater Portland West Linn OR
Kendel Abrams The First Tee of Greater Baltimore New Freedom PA
Brice Smoker The First Tee of Aiken North Augusta SC
Megan Tang The First Tee of Memphis Memphis TN
Trinity King The First Tee of Fort Worth Arlington TX
Calista Lothliam The First Tee of Fort Worth Fort Worth TX
Alexander Lowe The First Tee of Fort Worth Westworth Village TX
Annaliesia Salazar The First Tee of Greater Dallas Balch Springs TX
Mariano Barbosa The First Tee of Greater Dallas Dallas TX
Aysis Azarcon The First Tee of Greater Dallas Grand Prairie TX
Stephen Boyd The First Tee of Greater Houston Houston TX
Scott Schuster The First Tee of Greater Houston Katy TX
Aubrey Zastoupil The First Tee of The Piney Woods Longview TX
Zoe Mayfield The First Tee of The Piney Woods Longview TX
Lauren Palmer The First Tee of Greater San Antonio San Antonio TX
Ryan Woo The First Tee of Greater Richmond Richmond VA
Drew White The First Tee of Greater Washington D.C. Alexandria VA
Gerry Jones, Jr. The First Tee of Hampton Roads Suffolk VA
Ross Funderburke The First Tee of Roanoke Valley Roanoke VA
Callie Montgomery The First Tee of Roanoke Valley Hardy VA
Julia Dai The First Tee of Greater Seattle Bellevue WA
Dylan Bissell The First Tee of Yakima Yakima WA
Maxwell Turnquist The First Tee of Yakima Yakima WA

 

About Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which disburses funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament.. MPF focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org; www.attpbgolf.com; www.thefirstteeopen.com

About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 34 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. It’s where Legends play. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. PGA TOUR Champions primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2015 determined Bernhard Langer as the Charles Schwab Cup champion. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

About Nature Valley®
Nature Valley created the granola bar category in 1975 and brings great taste to active consumers looking for wholesome snacks. Nature Valley offers nine great-tasting granola snacks: Crunchy Granola Bars, Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars, Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Granola Thins, Yogurt Granola Bars, Roasted Nut Crunch Bars, Protein Bars, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares and Protein Granola. Nature Valley is also the Official Granola Bar of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association, Nature Valley NASTAR, Cross Country Ski Areas Association, Vail Resorts. In addition, Nature Valley is a sponsor of the National Parks Conservation Association.

About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available in more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world. Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, including tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, The Open, Olympics, and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, deliver unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra, both powered by Playmaker Media, and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, the world’s largest golf course ratings and review resource for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.

About The First Tee
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United States and select international locations. In 2015, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 4.7 million young people. The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

 

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