Nancy Seely for The First Tee
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (May 26, 2011) Ė Seventy participants representing 47 chapters of The First Tee have been selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be conducted July 8-10 and televised nationally on Golf Channel.
These young men and women were selected through a process that evaluates participantsí playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. More than 250 applications were submitted. Of the 70 selected to play, 47 are junior boys and 23 are junior girls.
Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the eventís host organization, will select eight more juniors next week to participate in the event. Overall, 78 Champions Tour players will be teamed with 78 juniors and 156 amateurs as they compete for the title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course.
The participants selected to play are listed below.
Champions Tour players scheduled to play include World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, along with past champions of this unique event, Craig Stadler, Scott Simpson and Jeff Sluman, who captured the title in 2008 and 2009. Chip Beck, John Cook and fan-favorite Fuzzy Zoeller have also committed.
Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event and Arnold Palmer is honorary co-chair. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and on Pebble Beach only on Sunday.
Leading up to and during the event, participantsómany of whom are playing Pebble Beach for the first timeówill blog about their experiences. To learn more about the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, visit www.thefirstteeopen.com. To learn more about The First Tee, visit www.thefirsttee.org.
About Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is a charitable foundation which disburses funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour. MPF focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas. Since the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am came to the Monterey Peninsula in 1947, over $93 million has been raised for charity. In 2004 the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach was introduced to serve as a showcase for The First Tee whose global mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Hšagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2010 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the companyís $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.
About Nature Valley
Nature Valley created the granola bar category in 1975 and brings great taste to active consumers looking for wholesome snacks. Nature Valley offers seven great-tasting granola snacks: Crunch Granola Bars, Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars, Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Granola Thins, Yogurt Granola Bars, Roasted Nut Crunch Bars, and Granola Nut Clusters. Nature Valley is also the Official Natural Granola Bar of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour, the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association, Nature Valley NASTAR, Cross Country Ski Areas Association, Vail Resorts, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. In addition, Nature Valley is a sponsor of the Nature Valley Grand Prix and the National Parks Conservation Association.
About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 29 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2011 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tourís leading player. The Champions Tourís primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2010, tournaments on all three Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour) generated $120 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOURís all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.6 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. THE PGA TOURís website is www.pgatour.com, the No. 1 site for golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
About The First Tee
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in schools and on military installations.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 4.7 million participants in all 50 United States and four international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.
Timothy Briones The First Tee of Phoenix
Mike McGilton The First Tee of Phoenix
Anthony Quezada The First Tee of Phoenix
Adam Zakaria The First Tee of Central Coast
Kathleen Rojas The First Tee of Central Valley
Megan Conder The First Tee of Contra Costa
Alanna Loyd The First Tee of Fresno
Brandon Baumgarten The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Nichole Cruz The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Drew Robbins The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Sara Scarlett The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Clare Sorensen The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Jorgeo Catolico The First Tee of San Diego
Andrea Wong The First Tee of San Francisco
Kalmina Wu The First Tee of San Jose
Samantha Martin The First Tee of South Los Angeles
Monique Riley The First Tee of The Tri-Valley
Kelly Allen The First Tee of Jacksonville
Blair Waters The First Tee of Jacksonville
Rocky Hirsch The First Tee of Lakeland
Markie McCann The First Tee of Lakeland
Stefano Diaz The First Tee of Miami
Stephanie Carlozzi The First Tee of Naples/Collier
Abraham Bell The First Tee of St. Johns County
Benjarong Murray The First Tee of St. Petersburg
Tommy Swearingen, III The First Tee of Atlanta
Martavious Adams The First Tee of East Lake
Blake Billups The First Tee of Joliet
Logan Bertalan The First Tee of Valparaiso
Benjamin Hargrave The First Tee of Salina
Ben Davis The First Tee of Lexington
Lindsay Davis The First Tee of Pine Mountain
Michael Wilson The First Tee of Pine Mountain
Ryan Alford The First Tee of Northwest Louisiana
Trevor Bernier The First Tee of Massachusetts
Bryana Nguyen The First Tee of Howard County
Elizabeth Bauernfeind The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District
Jack Holmgren The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District
Tess Jones The First Tee of Northern Nevada
Julian Glasser The First Tee of Southern Nevada
Sarah Thomas The First Tee of Southern Nevada
Kuriko Tsukiyama The First Tee of Metropolitan New York
Cory Cullen The First Tee of Western New York
Patrick Fahey The First Tee of Western New York
Tyler McCaine The First Tee of Metropolitan New York
Kyle Morris The First Tee of Metropolitan New York
Tim Bringard The First Tee of Brunswick County
Harrison Taylor The First Tee of Brunswick County
John Dunlap The First Tee of the Sandhills
Kendall Dunn The First Tee of the Triad
Chase Johnson The First Tee of Akron
Patrick Schultz The First Tee of Akron
Nadia Majidi The First Tee of Tulsa
Austin Landis The First Tee of Greater Portland
Andrew Demofonte The First Tee of Sharon
Aaron Burnett The First Tee of Nashville
Allie Agrella The First Tee of Greater Austin
Lakareber Abe The First Tee of Greater Houston
Thomas Cazares The First Tee of Greater Houston
Gregory Steinhelper The First Tee of San Antonio
Kade Keith The First Tee of The Piney Woods
Felicia Sauceda The First Tee of The Golden Triangle
Drew Board The First Tee of Roanoke Valley
Kolton Cooper The First Tee of Roanoke Valley
Tony Liu The First Tee of Charlottesville
Jason Park The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield
Gavin Parker The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield
Haley Chinn The First Tee of Greater Seattle
Lyle Rudnicki The First Tee of Greater Seattle
Oliver Rudnicki The First Tee of Greater Seattle