PURE Insurance Championship
Impacting The first Tee
The newly-named PURE Insurance Championship will continue to bring together the legends of the game alongside top juniors from The First Tee. The tournament is an official PGA TOUR Champions event. It’s the first of its kind in which junior golfers from The First Tee play alongside PGA TOUR Champions players as well as amateurs. They compete for the pro-junior title at legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. The tournament is televised internationally on Golf Channel.
2017 Tournament: Sept. 19-24
Justin Potwora from The First Tee of Greater Portland Wins with PGA TOUR Champions’ Bernhard Langer at PURE Insurance Championship
In its 14th year, more than 790 participants from The First Tee chapters have benefited from the opportunity to play in the tournament. PURE Insurance Championship 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.
Meet the PLayers
Eighty-one participants representing 48 chapters will compete in this year’s tournament. The junior field has an average handicap of 3.3 and on average has been playing golf for more than 6 years. PGA TOUR players currently committed to compete in the PURE Insurance Championship include World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie, as well as three-time tournament winner Jeff Sluman and defending champion Paul Broadhurst.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
This event is only available to teens involved at chapters of The First Tee. Applicants are selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee. Parents, if you want your child to participate, please inquire at your chapter.
NOT YET INVOLVED IN THE FIRST TEE?
Patrick Fernandez from The First Tee of Phoenix and PGA TOUR Champions professional Michael Allen clinched the Pro-Junior title at the 2016 event, finishing 18 under.