Fuzzy Zoeller to Teens Headed to Pebble Beach: “Just making it there, you’re a champion”

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Pebble BeachHow would you prepare to play Pebble Beach?

Champions Tour players give their advice to teens preparing for the Nature Valley First Tee Open.


Pebble Beach is known for its rich history and beautiful scenery. For 81 junior golfers of The First Tee, they’ll experience the legendary golf course first hand as they play along the greats of the game during the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

For most, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience—one full of excitement and nerves. Luckily for these participants, their partners know all about playing under pressure.

What are the most common words of advice given to the junior golfers? Enjoy the experience and embrace the moment.

“Enjoy the entire experience and make the best of it. Don’t worry about what you shoot. What you shoot is immaterial. Just making it there, you’re a champion and that should lead to bigger and better things later on in life.”  – Fuzzy Zoeller


“I’ve noticed that the kids sometimes try to go out there and hit a lot of balls and change their swing. I’d like to see the kids play their own game and enjoy what got them there. It makes it a lot more fun week for them. From past experience, if I start changing my swing Tuesday or Wednesday before a tournament, my game is not going to be good that week because your mind is thinking of other things.” – Jay Don Blake


“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing for the kids- enjoy meeting the Hall of Fame superstars of my generation. Get some autographs, some pictures and have a great time.” – Mike Goodes


“Embrace it and milk it for everything you can because it’s a great learning experience. I would encourage them to ask a lot of questions, to not only their own pro, but meet other pros. The contacts they meet are going to be ones that can last a lifetime and they should not be afraid of building those contacts.” – Bobby Clampett


“One of the things I noticed is the kids want to play well so badly and I think they put a little extra pressure on themselves. What I would tell them is to go out and have fun and enjoy being around the professionals. Enjoy Pebble Beach and don’t worry about hitting every shot perfect.” – Loren Roberts

One response to “Fuzzy Zoeller to Teens Headed to Pebble Beach: “Just making it there, you’re a champion”

  1. As a past participant of The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, I advise future participants to take in every second of the experience and to count your blessings. This is a once in a life time experience and was the best experience of my life. Create friendships, connections, enjoy the Champions Tour Members, represent your chapter and family and enjoy playing PEBBLE BEACH! -Ashley Sloup

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