It’s our favorite time of year!
This week we surprised some of our junior golfers with the news they’re going to play Pebble Beach alongside PGA TOUR Champions players!
In September, 81 teenage participants (ages 14-18) representing chapters of The First Tee throughout the country will play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official PGA TOUR Championsevent hosted by Monterey Peninsula Foundation.
A national panel of judges selected the junior field based on participants’ playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee.
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.
“We are pleased to introduce this year’s juniors in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, 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.”
The junior field was announced on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, which 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.
Check out highlights from the coverage on www.golfchannel.com.