Patrick Fernandez Wins Pro-Junior Title with Michael Allen at Nature Valley First Tee Open

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Patrick Fernandez from The First Tee of Phoenix with his PGA TOUR Champions Pro Michael Allen
Patrick Fernandez from The First Tee of Phoenix with his PGA TOUR Champions Pro Michael Allen

PGA TOUR Champions’ Paul Broadhurst wins pro competition

Pebble Beach, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2016) – Patrick Fernandez from The First Tee of Phoenix and PGA TOUR Champions professional Michael Allen clinched the Pro-Junior title today at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach finishing 18 under. Fernandez and Allen won the tournament in a three-way scorecard playoff with Ross Funderburke from The First Tee of Roanoke Valley and pro partner Billie Andre, and Jonathan Tanihana from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and pro partner Kevin Sutherland.

Paul Broadhurst earned his second PGA TOUR Champions victory by winning the pro title at 11 under. Broadhurst was paired with Brandon Pozzie from The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee.

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is a unique Champions Tour event that pairs 81 junior golfers with 81 professionals. The tournament took place this weekend at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Fernandez from Surprise, Ariz. was one of 23 junior golfers who made the cut to play the third and final round today at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

“We played so hard for three days, never made a bogey,” said PGA TOUR Champions’ player Michael Allen. “We had a really nice time together so it really meant a lot for me to try to get that [putt] in and give us a better chance of winning.”

“I’m so grateful to be out here, and to be at the top of the leaderboard is just a bonus.  I’m thankful to all the sponsors, Nature Valley, The First Tee, and everyone that helped me get here.” said The First Tee participant Patrick Fernandez. He continues about The First Tee, “The First Tee Nine Core Values are key, they teach you honesty, integrity, perseverance.  Really, the things that you need in life.

A 16-year-old junior at Raymond S. Kellis High School, Fernandez has been involved with The First Tee of Phoenix for eight years. He is working towards Ace-certification, the highest level at The First Tee. This past July he attended another national opportunity, The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy in Blaine, Minn. With a handicap of 0.03, his golf resume includes winning the 2014 JGAA (Junior Golf Association of Arizona) tournament and qualifying for The Trusted Choice Big I National Championship in the summer of 2015. Fernandez has future goals to become the valedictorian of his high school and attend a university on a golf or academic scholarship.

England native Paul Broadhurst claimed his second PGA TOUR Champions title of the season, as his two-putt birdie from 30 feet on No. 18 gave him a final-round 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer and Kevin Sutherland. With the win, Broadhurst joins Tom Watson and Ben Hogan as the only players with wins at both Pebble Beach and Carnoustie (2016 Senior Open Championship).

The First Tee of Phoenix is one of approximately 170 chapters across The First Tee network. They offer programs at 15 area golf facilities and The First Tee National School Program has been introduced at more than 190 area elementary schools. The chapter reaches more than 100,000 young people each year.

To learn more, visit www.firstteeopen.com, thefirsttee.org and www.thefirstteephoenix.org.

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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