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First Tee selects juniors to compete in PURE Insurance Championship

July 11, 2018

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – PGA TOUR Champions and The First Tee announced today the 81 junior golfers selected to play in the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee. The annual event, hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be held September 24-30 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, and will be televised internationally on Golf Channel.

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The PURE Insurance Championship is the only event of its kind in which 81 junior golfers are teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The juniors, ages 14 to 18, compete for the pro-junior title. Representing 22 states, the juniors were selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and application of the Nine Core Values and life skills learned through The First Tee’s programs.

The junior field was announced this morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The show included PGA TOUR winner Jason Gore, Web.com Tour member Cameron Champ, Arizona State University football coach Herm Edwards, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais and Golf Channel host Charlie Rymer, with 11 junior golfers receiving surprises informing them of their selection.

“We are proud to be a part of such a prestigious event that supports so many deserving young men and women from The First Tee throughout the country,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “They are what make this tournament so special, and it’s humbling to be a part of something that has such a profound impact on their lives both on and off the course.”

As of July 11, players committed to compete in the PURE Insurance Championship include defending champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer, as well as fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara and Sandy Lyle. Players have until Friday, September 21 to commit, with additional commitments to be announced in the coming months.

“We are proud of the junior golfers selected to play at this year’s PURE Insurance Championship,” said Keith Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee. “These 81 teens, and the event, embody The First Tee’s beliefs around the importance of fan engagement, diversity and inclusion and having a sense of civic responsibility that is expressed through our Nine Core Values.”

In this 15th tournament year, more than 870 kids from The First Tee have played in the tournament, meeting and learning from PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field while showcasing the Nine Core Values and the leadership and life skills they have acquired at The First Tee chapters.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the sport of golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values to more than 15 million kids, positively impacting their lives along the way. The First Tee’s Nine Core Values are: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. The PURE Insurance Championship is one of 10 national opportunities provided by The First Tee headquarters to encourage and motivate kids as they progress through the program and toward high school graduation.

Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event. 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 on Sunday.

The First Tee participants selected to play in the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship (alphabetical by state):

First Name Last Name
Chapter
City:
State:
Ethan Loafman
The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas
Rogers
AR
Jack Breidenbach
The First Tee of Phoenix
Phoenix
AZ
Taylor Harvey
The First Tee of Phoenix
Cave Creek
AZ
Michelle Koo
The First Tee of Phoenix
Scottsdale
AZ
Mika Miyata
The First Tee of Phoenix
Chandler
AZ
Roberto Aguayo
The First Tee of Monterey County
Salinas
CA
Olivia Alcoran
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Folsom
CA
Angelica Antonio
The First Tee of Contra Costa
Benicia
CA
Owen Avrit
The First Tee of Central Coast
Arroyo Grande
CA
William Bensch
The First Tee of San Joaquin
Stockton
CA
Courtney Cervellin
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Elk Grove
CA
Stephanie Heimler
The First Tee of San Diego
San Diego
CA
Yena Jang
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Roseville
CA
Linette Jun
The First Tee of Silicon Valley
Cupertino
CA
Christopher Khan
The First Tee of San Joaquin
Stockton
CA
Calton Kong
The First Tee of Silicon Valley
Cupertino
CA
Erica Lam
The First Tee of Silicon Valley
San Jose
CA
Nthenya Maithya
The First Tee of Central Valley
Modesto
CA
Skyler May
The First Tee of San Joaquin
Stockton
CA
Isabelle O'Brien
The First Tee of Contra Costa
Concord
CA
Hailey Salomone
The First Tee of Contra Costa
Martinez
CA
Matthew Sutherland
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Carmichael
CA
Dylan Van Ostrand
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Sacramento
CA
Caroline Wales
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley
La Quinta
CA
Jack Wright
The First Tee of Fresno
Chowchilla
CA
Kelly Yu
The First Tee of Silicon Valley
San Jose
CA
Christina Carroll
The First Tee of Delaware
Bear
DE
Haley Quickel
The First Tee of Delaware
Middletown
DE
Josh Braverman
The First Tee of Naples/Collier
Naples
FL
Cole Chastain
The First Tee of Central Florida
Orlando
FL
Ana Elise Cunneen
The First Tee of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
FL
Giuliana Gomez
The First Tee of Miami
Miami
FL
Vivian Guite
The First Tee of Naples/Collier
Naples
FL
Kelli Kragh
The First Tee of Naples/Collier
Estero
FL
Thomas McClellan
The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee
Bradenton
FL
Kaleb Palm
The First Tee of Central Florida
Orlando
FL
Elise Schultz
The First Tee of Northwest Florida
Pace
FL
William Cawthon
The First Tee of Augusta
Augusta
GA
Mylz Oliver
The First Tee of Atlanta
Fairburn
GA
Gary Chong
The First Tee of Lake County
Chicago
IL
Chloe Morrissey
The First Tee of Greater Chicago
Gurnee
IL
Parker Norton
The First Tee of Salina
Salina
KS
Parker Renz
The First Tee of Salina
Salina
KS
Colby Unruh
The First Tee of Greater Kansas City
Overland Park
KS
Andrew Santiago Caldwell
The First Tee of Pine Mountain
Calvin
KY
Cameron Martin
The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
Cold Spring
KY
Brayden Seguin
The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish
Zachary
LA
Jake Griffin
The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC
Kensington
MD
Rhianna Stitt
The First Tee of Greater Baltimore
Baltimore
MD
Kayleigh Zeman
The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC
Silver Spring
MD
Davis Longyear
The First Tee of Benton Harbor
Stevensville
MI
Jay Frolick
The First Tee of the Twin Cities
Minneapolis
MN
Kurt Lambert
The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District
Maple Grove
MN
Rebecca Connolly
The First Tee of the Triad
Winston-Salem
NC
Grace Kehoe
The First Tee of Greater Charlotte
Charlotte
NC
Jaclyn Kenzel
The First Tee of the Sandhills
Southern Pines
NC
Victoria Ladd
The First Tee of the Triad
Greensboro
NC
Cameren Dawkins
The First Tee of Metropolitan New York
Hillside
NJ
River Smalley
The First Tee of San Juan County
Farmington
NM
Benjamin Spitz
The First Tee of Western New York
Orchard Park
NY
Kirsten Matlock
The First Tee of Fort Smith
Muldrow
OK
Kharynton Beggs
The First Tee of Greater Charleston
Charleston
SC
Kendall Wallace
The First Tee of Columbia
Blythewood
SC
Justin Reed
The First Tee of Middle Tennessee
College Grove
TN
Jackson Carr
The First Tee of Fort Worth
Arlington
TX
Lauren Chasczewski
The First Tee of Fort Worth
Colleyville
TX
Calvrann Coker
The First Tee of Fort Worth
Fort Worth
TX
Rustyn Goolsby
The First Tee of The Piney Woods
Mt. Pleasant
TX
Gavin Hogan
The First Tee of Fort Worth
Fort Worth
TX
Ethan Korock
The First Tee of Greater Houston
Austin
TX
Sydni Leung
The First Tee of Greater Dallas
Plano
TX
Joshua Lim
The First Tee of Greater San Antonio
San Antonio
TX
Marian Loaeza
The First Tee of Greater El Paso
El Paso
TX
Mallorie Luitwieler
The First Tee of Greater Houston
Katy
TX
Kaila McAbee
The First Tee of Fort Worth
Fort Worth
TX
Haili Moore
The First Tee of Greater Dallas
Prosper
TX
Lauren Nguyenphu
The First Tee of Greater Dallas
Allen
TX
Christian Rodriguez
The First Tee of Greater Houston
Houston
TX
Beau Fenton
The First Tee of Greater Seattle
Auburn
WA
Brayden Miles
The First Tee of The Inland Northwest
Spokane Valley
WA
Jack Miller
The First Tee of Greater Seattle
Redmond
WA
First Name Last Name
City:
State:
Ethan Loafman
Rogers
AR
Jack Breidenbach
Phoenix
AZ
Taylor Harvey
Cave Creek
AZ
Michelle Koo
Scottsdale
AZ
Mika Miyata
Chandler
AZ
Roberto Aguayo
Salinas
CA
Olivia Alcoran
Folsom
CA
Angelica Antonio
Benicia
CA
Owen Avrit
Arroyo Grande
CA
William Bensch
Stockton
CA
Courtney Cervellin
Elk Grove
CA
Stephanie Heimler
San Diego
CA
Yena Jang
Roseville
CA
Linette Jun
Cupertino
CA
Christopher Khan
Stockton
CA
Calton Kong
Cupertino
CA
Erica Lam
San Jose
CA
Nthenya Maithya
Modesto
CA
Skyler May
Stockton
CA
Isabelle O'Brien
Concord
CA
Hailey Salomone
Martinez
CA
Matthew Sutherland
Carmichael
CA
Dylan Van Ostrand
Sacramento
CA
Caroline Wales
La Quinta
CA
Jack Wright
Chowchilla
CA
Kelly Yu
San Jose
CA
Christina Carroll
Bear
DE
Haley Quickel
Middletown
DE
Josh Braverman
Naples
FL
Cole Chastain
Orlando
FL
Ana Elise Cunneen
St. Petersburg
FL
Giuliana Gomez
Miami
FL
Vivian Guite
Naples
FL
Kelli Kragh
Estero
FL
Thomas McClellan
Bradenton
FL
Kaleb Palm
Orlando
FL
Elise Schultz
Pace
FL
William Cawthon
Augusta
GA
Mylz Oliver
Fairburn
GA
Gary Chong
Chicago
IL
Chloe Morrissey
Gurnee
IL
Parker Norton
Salina
KS
Parker Renz
Salina
KS
Colby Unruh
Overland Park
KS
Andrew Santiago Caldwell
Calvin
KY
Cameron Martin
Cold Spring
KY
Brayden Seguin
Zachary
LA
Jake Griffin
Kensington
MD
Rhianna Stitt
Baltimore
MD
Kayleigh Zeman
Silver Spring
MD
Davis Longyear
Stevensville
MI
Jay Frolick
Minneapolis
MN
Kurt Lambert
Maple Grove
MN
Rebecca Connolly
Winston-Salem
NC
Grace Kehoe
Charlotte
NC
Jaclyn Kenzel
Southern Pines
NC
Victoria Ladd
Greensboro
NC
Cameren Dawkins
Hillside
NJ
River Smalley
Farmington
NM
Benjamin Spitz
Orchard Park
NY
Kirsten Matlock
Muldrow
OK
Kharynton Beggs
Charleston
SC
Kendall Wallace
Blythewood
SC
Justin Reed
College Grove
TN
Jackson Carr
Arlington
TX
Lauren Chasczewski
Colleyville
TX
Calvrann Coker
Fort Worth
TX
Rustyn Goolsby
Mt. Pleasant
TX
Gavin Hogan
Fort Worth
TX
Ethan Korock
Austin
TX
Sydni Leung
Plano
TX
Joshua Lim
San Antonio
TX
Marian Loaeza
El Paso
TX
Mallorie Luitwieler
Katy
TX
Kaila McAbee
Fort Worth
TX
Haili Moore
Prosper
TX
Lauren Nguyenphu
Allen
TX
Christian Rodriguez
Houston
TX
Beau Fenton
Auburn
WA
Brayden Miles
Spokane Valley
WA
Jack Miller
Redmond
WA