Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach
For one week legends of the game mentor the leaders of tomorrow
The Nature Valley First Tee Open is an official PGA TOUR Champions event, the first of its kind, in which junior golfers from The First Tee play alongside Champions Tour players. Eighty one juniors are paired with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs. 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.
Eighty-one teen participants from The First Tee received the news of a life-time this past July. The junior field was announced on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive and showcased several of the participants being surprised by both PGA TOUR players and Golf Channel talent, including 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, and Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer. Watch the surprises on www.golfchannel.com.
PGA TOUR Champions players committed to compete in this year’s tournament 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.
In its 13th year, more than 710 participants from The First Tee chapters have benefited from the opportunity to play in the tournament. 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.
Jack Avrit from The First Tee of Central Coast and World Golf Hall of Fame member and Champions Tour professional Mark O’Meara clinched the Pro-Junior title at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach finishing 20 under. Read the full story