“I want to be the first to congratulate you…”
said Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett to the unsuspecting Nicole Schroeder.
“…you have a spot at the Nature Valley First Tee Open!”
Triplett, two-time winner of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, joined in the surprise of telling Nicole that she had been accepted to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open this September. And if that’s not enough–it all happened on Golf Channel!
Nicole, a junior golfer at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, was astonished!
“The only thing going through my head was complete surprise.” Nicole said.
“I would never have dreamed of being interviewed on Golf Channel. I thought it was just a local TV interview, and then it’s Golf Channel, then it’s Mr. Triplett, and it’s the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach! I didn’t think there was any way it could’ve been better!”
The Nature Valley First Tee Open is an official Champions Tour event, the first of its kind. Eighty-one juniors are paired with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. The tournament is televised internationally on Golf Channel, Proud Media Partner of The First Tee.
“To be selected for this event is honestly surreal,” Nicole continued. “Knowing only an elite few are accepted, it’s truly an honor. This has been a dream of mine for years. And to hear the news from a professional is phenomenal in itself, but a legend like Mr. Triplett is even more meaningful.”
And what did she think of the 4-time Champions Tour winner?
“Mr. Triplett, he made me feel extra special,” Nicole said. “He made everything about that interview about me and my accomplishment, not about himself. He’s the celebrity, but he made me feel like I was the real celebrity.”
Once the good news sank in, Nicole said, “Afterward, the only thing I could think about was the fact that everyone will see me cry on national television!”
Congratulations to Nicole and the other participants who will represent their chapter at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach!