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78 First Tee teens selected for the PURE Insurance Championship
03 Jul 2019
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – 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.

For more information on the tournament, visit PUREInsuranceChampionship.com. To learn more about First Tee, visit TheFirstTee.org.

First Tee participants selected to play in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship (alphabetical by state):

Cade Kilanowski First Tee of Phoenix Chandler AZ
Ashley Menne First Tee of Phoenix Surprise AZ
Scott Schlader First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix AZ
Claire Alford First Tee of Central Coast Santa Maria CA
Yusuf Ahmed First Tee of Greater Sacramento Folsom CA
Ashley Knepshield First Tee of Greater Sacramento Carmichael CA
Dylan McDermott First Tee of Greater Sacramento Granite Bay CA
Mikaela Paracuelles First Tee of Greater Sacramento Folsom CA
Sam Sommerhauser First Tee of Greater Sacramento Rocklin CA
Skylar Graham First Tee of Los Angeles Rosewood CA
Shani Waite First Tee of Los Angeles El Segundo CA
Alexander Iniakov First Tee of Monterey County Prunedale CA
Jasmine Leovao First Tee of San Diego Oceanside CA
Brian Xu First Tee of San Diego San Diego CA
Lauren Garces First Tee of San Joaquin Stockton CA
Ralph Kho First Tee of Silicon Valley Belmont CA
Braden Bernaldo First Tee of the Coachella Valley Indio CA
Jasmin Krishna First Tee of the Tri-Valley Pleasanton CA
Aubri Braecklein First Tee of Denver Northglenn CO
William Perez First Tee of Denver Denver CO
Lilly Moreau First Tee of Connecticut Wethersfield CT
Hannah Lydic First Tee of Delaware Ocean View DE
Arlynn Spence First Tee of Lakeland Lakeland FL
Natalia Jimenez First Tee of Miami Pembroke Pines FL
Joey Burke First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples FL
Sophie Shrader First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples FL
Robert Walbert First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples FL
Isabel Matos First Tee of North Florida St. Johns FL
Ryan Sauer First Tee of North Florida Jacksonville FL
Sam Kriseman First Tee of St. Petersburg Saint Petersburg FL
Tyler Mistretta First Tee of The Palm Beaches N. Palm Beach FL
Anthony Ford II First Tee of Metro Atlanta Atlanta GA
Andrew Karr First Tee of Indiana Valparaiso IN
Lukas Freelove First Tee of Salina Salina KS
Caleb Ashley First Tee of Pine Mountain Totz KY
Branden Nguyen First Tee of Columbia Columbia MD
Lorenzo Sanz First Tee of Greater Baltimore Glen Arm MD
Owen Porter First Tee of Greater Washington, DC Bethesda MD
Kaylin Yeoh First Tee of Greater Washington, DC Potomac MD
Ryan Guzzo First Tee of Benton Harbor St. Joseph MI
Jackson Boldt First Tee of Coastal Carolinas Bolivia NC
Luke Boldt First Tee of Coastal Carolinas Bolivia NC
Hailey Pendleton First Tee of Greater Charlotte Waxhaw NC
Grace Holcomb First Tee of Greater Wilmington Wilmington NC
Branden Boyce First Tee of the Sandhills Spring Lake NC
Drew Spurlock First Tee of the Sandhills Whispering Pines NC
Jacob Pendry First Tee of the Triad Lexington NC
Clayson Good First Tee of the Triangle Durham NC
Shivani Vora First Tee of New Hampshire Dover NH
Aaron Yagnik First Tee of Greater Trenton Plainsboro NJ
Neil Babu First Tee of Northern Nevada Reno NV
Evan Koutsopetras First Tee of Metropolitan New York Brooklyn NY
Stephen Ma First Tee of Central Ohio Columbus OH
Asher Clift First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City Edmond OK
Sean Dobson First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City Oklahoma City OK
Sutton McMillan First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City Choctaw OK
Elise Deschaine First Tee of Greater Portland Portland OR
Jaden Speiser First Tee of Greater Portland Portland OR
Joseph Morganti First Tee of Greater Philadelphia Havertown PA
Jack Kray First Tee of South Dakota Sioux Falls SD
Shannon McCormick First Tee of South Dakota Sioux Falls SD
Kayli Lucas First Tee of Tennessee Gallatin TN
Orlando "Javie" Cerda JR. First Tee of Fort Worth Fort Worth TX
Malisone Chanthapanya First Tee of Fort Worth Fort Worth TX
Ella Fisher First Tee of Fort Worth Aledo TX
Taleah Washington First Tee of Fort Worth Grand Prairie TX
Zayla White First Tee of Greater Austin Cedar Park TX
Stephany Barbosa First Tee of Greater Dallas Dallas TX
Symran Shah First Tee of Greater Dallas Carrollton TX
Madison DeBruin First Tee of Greater Houston Houston TX
Allyn Stephens First Tee of Greater Houston Houston TX
Alexa Vela First Tee of Greater Houston Pearland TX
Justin Green First Tee of Hampton Roads Chesapeake VA
Harrison Withers First Tee of Roanoke Valley Roanoke VA
Stephen Dai First Tee of Greater Seattle Bellevue WA
Keiki Hofilena First Tee of Greater Seattle Bellevue WA
Matt Jones First Tee of The Inland Northwest Spokane WA
Jamozzy Skenandore First Tee of Northeast Wisconsin De Pere WI


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