Seventy-Eight First Tee Teens Selected for PGA TOUR Champions

PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee at Pebble Beach Jack Nicklaus, PGA TOUR players and Golf Channel hosts surprise teens on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida (July 3, 2019) – First Tee and PGA TOUR Champions announced today the 78 First Tee participants selected to play in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee. The 16th annual event, hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be held September 24-29 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, and will be televised internationally on Golf Channel.
The PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee is the only event of its kind where 78 First Tee teenagers from across the country are paired up with 78 PGA TOUR Champions players and 156 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Ranging in ages from 14 to 18, the First Tee participants compete for the Pro-Junior Team title. Representing 27 states, participants were selected by a national panel of judges based on their understanding and application of the values and life skills learned through First Tee’s programs, as well as their playing ability.
The full junior field was revealed live on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” today, including a video of World Golf Hall of Fame Member Jack Nicklaus surprising Stephen Ma from First Tee of Central Ohio. Other surprises by PGA TOUR players and Golf Channel hosts had been recorded over the last month and aired today as part of the PURE Insurance Championship announcement.
“We are proud to continue our involvement with this prestigious event and help support the great work of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and First Tee,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “The impact this event has on the incredible young men and women from the First Tee makes this sponsorship tremendously rewarding for our entire team.”
This year’s field of professionals will include World Golf Hall of Fame Members Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen, as well as defending champion and recent KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship winner Ken Tanigawa. Clint Eastwood serves as chairman of the PURE Insurance Championship.
Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, with the final round contested solely at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, where 23 First Tee juniors will compete based on their 36-hole performance. The tournament will crown one male and one female First Tee Junior Champion on Sunday.
Nearly 1,000 teens from First Tee have played in the PURE Insurance Championship, experiencing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet, play and be mentored by PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field.
“Congratulations to the 78 participants who have been selected to play and represent First Tee on a national stage,” said First Tee President Greg McLaughlin. “Their hard work and commitment to academic, social and emotional development through our programs has secured this opportunity. Thank you to our partners − PURE Insurance, PGA TOUR Champions, Pebble Beach Resorts, Poppy Hills Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Golf Channel − for their commitment to young people and helping us provide this opportunity to these deserving teens.”
First Tee is a youth development organization dedicated to helping young people build character through the game of golf. The PURE Insurance Championship is one of 10 national opportunities provided by First Tee headquarters to encourage and motivate kids as they progress through the program and toward higher education opportunities.
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First Tee participants selected to play in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship (alphabetical by state):
Participant First Name:Participant Last Name:Chapter:City:State: CadeKilanowskiFirst Tee of PhoenixChandlerAZ AshleyMenneFirst Tee of PhoenixSurpriseAZ ScottSchladerFirst Tee of PhoenixPhoenixAZ ClaireAlfordFirst Tee of Central CoastSanta MariaCA YusufAhmedFirst Tee of Greater SacramentoFolsomCA AshleyKnepshieldFirst Tee of Greater SacramentoCarmichaelCA DylanMcDermottFirst Tee of Greater SacramentoGranite BayCA MikaelaParacuellesFirst Tee of Greater SacramentoFolsomCA SamSommerhauserFirst Tee of Greater SacramentoRocklinCA SkylarGrahamFirst Tee of Los AngelesRosewoodCA ShaniWaiteFirst Tee of Los AngelesEl SegundoCA AlexanderIniakovFirst Tee of Monterey CountyPrunedaleCA JasmineLeovaoFirst Tee of San DiegoOceansideCA BrianXuFirst Tee of San DiegoSan DiegoCA LaurenGarcesFirst Tee of San JoaquinStocktonCA RalphKhoFirst Tee of Silicon ValleyBelmontCA BradenBernaldoFirst Tee of the Coachella ValleyIndioCA JasminKrishnaFirst Tee of the Tri-ValleyPleasantonCA AubriBraeckleinFirst Tee of DenverNorthglennCO WilliamPerezFirst Tee of DenverDenverCO LillyMoreauFirst Tee of ConnecticutWethersfieldCT HannahLydicFirst Tee of DelawareOcean ViewDE ArlynnSpenceFirst Tee of LakelandLakelandFL NataliaJimenezFirst Tee of MiamiPembroke PinesFL JoeyBurkeFirst Tee of Naples/CollierNaplesFL SophieShraderFirst Tee of Naples/CollierNaplesFL RobertWalbertFirst Tee of Naples/CollierNaplesFL IsabelMatosFirst Tee of North FloridaSt. JohnsFL RyanSauerFirst Tee of North FloridaJacksonvilleFL SamKrisemanFirst Tee of St. PetersburgSaint PetersburgFL TylerMistrettaFirst Tee of The Palm BeachesN. Palm BeachFL AnthonyFord IIFirst Tee of Metro AtlantaAtlantaGA AndrewKarrFirst Tee of IndianaValparaisoIN LukasFreeloveFirst Tee of SalinaSalinaKS CalebAshleyFirst Tee of Pine MountainTotzKY BrandenNguyenFirst Tee of ColumbiaColumbiaMD LorenzoSanzFirst Tee of Greater BaltimoreGlen ArmMD OwenPorterFirst Tee of Greater Washington, DCBethesdaMD KaylinYeohFirst Tee of Greater Washington, DCPotomacMD RyanGuzzoFirst Tee of Benton HarborSt. JosephMI JacksonBoldtFirst Tee of Coastal CarolinasBoliviaNC LukeBoldtFirst Tee of Coastal CarolinasBoliviaNC HaileyPendletonFirst Tee of Greater CharlotteWaxhawNC GraceHolcombFirst Tee of Greater WilmingtonWilmingtonNC BrandenBoyceFirst Tee of the SandhillsSpring LakeNC DrewSpurlockFirst Tee of the SandhillsWhispering PinesNC JacobPendryFirst Tee of the TriadLexingtonNC ClaysonGoodFirst Tee of the TriangleDurhamNC ShivaniVoraFirst Tee of New HampshireDoverNH AaronYagnikFirst Tee of Greater TrentonPlainsboroNJ NeilBabuFirst Tee of Northern NevadaRenoNV EvanKoutsopetrasFirst Tee of Metropolitan New YorkBrooklynNY StephenMaFirst Tee of Central OhioColumbusOH AsherCliftFirst Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma CityEdmondOK SeanDobsonFirst Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma CityOklahoma CityOK SuttonMcMillanFirst Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma CityChoctawOK EliseDeschaineFirst Tee of Greater PortlandPortlandOR JadenSpeiserFirst Tee of Greater PortlandPortlandOR JosephMorgantiFirst Tee of Greater PhiladelphiaHavertownPA JackKrayFirst Tee of South DakotaSioux FallsSD ShannonMcCormickFirst Tee of South DakotaSioux FallsSD KayliLucasFirst Tee of TennesseeGallatinTN Orlando “Javie”Cerda JR.First Tee of Fort WorthFort WorthTX MalisoneChanthapanyaFirst Tee of Fort WorthFort WorthTX EllaFisherFirst Tee of Fort WorthAledoTX TaleahWashingtonFirst Tee of Fort WorthGrand PrairieTX ZaylaWhiteFirst Tee of Greater AustinCedar ParkTX StephanyBarbosaFirst Tee of Greater DallasDallasTX SymranShahFirst Tee of Greater DallasCarrolltonTX MadisonDeBruinFirst Tee of Greater HoustonHoustonTX AllynStephensFirst Tee of Greater HoustonHoustonTX AlexaVelaFirst Tee of Greater HoustonPearlandTX JustinGreenFirst Tee of Hampton RoadsChesapeakeVA HarrisonWithersFirst Tee of Roanoke ValleyRoanokeVA StephenDaiFirst Tee of Greater SeattleBellevueWA KeikiHofilenaFirst Tee of Greater SeattleBellevueWA MattJonesFirst Tee of The Inland NorthwestSpokaneWA JamozzySkenandoreFirst Tee of Northeast WisconsinDe PereWI
*** About First Tee First Tee ( is a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its beginning in 1997, First Tee has expanded to reach millions of young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations. Its headquarters are in St. Augustine, Florida, USA, with programs in all 50 United States and select international locations.
About Monterey Peninsula Foundation Monterey Peninsula Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which donates funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting First Tee, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.
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