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Eighty-One The First Tee Juniors Selected For First Tee Open

Eighty-One The First Tee Juniors Selected For First Tee Open

July 14, 2014

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For 81 The First Tee juniors, their golden ticket has arrived.

On Monday, 81 The First Tee participants representing 56 chapters of The First Tee were selected to play in the upcoming Championship Tour Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, to be held Sept. 26-28 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and the new Poppy Hills Golf Course.

The juniors, ages 14 to18, were  selected by a national panel of judges that evaluated participants’ playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee. More than 150 applications were submitted.

“Nature Valley is proud to be associated with this event, and thrilled to see these juniors get the call of a lifetime,” said Joe Ens, vice president of marketing at General Mills. “The First Tee is doing  incredible work helping young people learn important life lessons like the Nine Core Values. We look forward to welcoming the full junior field at this year’s tournament.”

The juniors will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the event’s pro-junior title.

Champions Tour players who have already committed to play include two-time Nature Valley First Tee Open winner and defending champion Kirk Triplett, Charles Schwab Cup contenders Jay Haas and Kenny Perry and a number of World Golf Hall of Fame members.

Two participants—Cameron Fields from The First Tee of St. Petersburg and Emily Valentine from The First Tee of The Palm Beaches—were told the news of their selection during an interview with Golf Channel. The segment will air Tuesday on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive (7-11 a.m. ET).

“An invitation to this event is a goal many teenage participants at our chapters set, and it is exciting to see their hard work and perseverance rewarded,” Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee, said. “We appreciate our partners—Nature Valley, Champions Tour, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Golf Channel—and their commitment to the event which is a life-changing experience for the juniors.”

Two of the juniors won’t have far to travel. David Kizilkaya and Patrick Abadilla are members of The First Tee of Monterey County, which is located in Salinas, a 30 minute drive to Poppy Hills.

Overall, 20 juniors from The First Tee facilities throughout California were invited to play.

In its 11th year, more than 550 participants from The First Tee chapters have benefited from the opportunity to play in the tournament by meeting and learning from Champions Tour players and amateurs in the field, utilizing the leadership and life skills they have acquired at their chapters.

Here’s a list of all 81 juniors who were selected to compete.

The First Tee Participants Selected to Play in 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open:

First Name

Last Name

Chapter

City

State

Hanna

Brauburger

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Bella Vista

AR

Christopher

Meyers

The First Tee of Tucson

Oro Valley

AZ

Emma Reyes

The First Tee of Phoenix

Mesa

AZ

Matthew Topilko

The First Tee of Phoenix

Peoria

AZ

Patrick Abadilla

The First Tee of Monterey County

Salinas

CA

Bryan Baumgarten

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Granite Bay

CA

Kylie Fong

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Elk Grove

CA

Katie Horsford

The First Tee of Fresno

Fresno

CA

Jack Jaffe

The First Tee of Silicon Valley

Palo Alto

CA

Donald Kay

The First Tee of San Diego

San Diego

CA

David Kizilkaya

The First Tee of Monterey County

Carmel

CA

Stian Lintvedt

The First Tee of Pasadena

Arcadia

CA

Nicholas Lloren The First Tee of Contra Costa Martinez

CA

Logan Lowe The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Grass Valley

CA

Kayli Lujan The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

Pleasanton

CA

Michael Mahlberg The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Vacaville

CA

Joshua McCarthy The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

Danville

CA

Will McMahon The First Tee of the Coachella Valley

Rancho Mirage

CA

Sam Miller The First Tee of San Francisco San Francisco

CA

Brittany O’Bryant The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Elk Grove

CA

Paige Phillips The First Tee of the Tri-Valley Danville

CA

Nikhil Swaminathan The First Tee of Silicon Valley San Jose

CA

Mabel Wong The First Tee of Central Valley Oakdale

CA

Anna Zhou The First Tee of Silicon Valley Palo Alto

CA

Jason Liu The First Tee of Connecticut Windsor

CT

Emily Black The First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples

FL

Francisco de la Torre The First Tee of Miami Miami

FL

Cameron Fields The First Tee of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg

FL

Mariana Ocano The First Tee of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg

FL

Jenna Tuccio The First Tee of Naples/Collier Marco Island

FL

Emily Valentine The First Tee of The Palm Beaches Jupiter

FL

Austin Witt The First Tee of Naples/Collier Naples

FL

Sarah Harrison The First Tee of Augusta Martinez

GA

Michael Stallings The First Tee of Augusta Augusta

GA

Justin Williamson The First Tee of Hawaii Honolulu

HI

Drew Casper The First Tee of Manhattan Manhattan

KS

Pierson McAtee The First Tee of Manhattan Manhattan

KS

Russ Tolliver The First Tee of Pine Mountain Gray

KY

Angelica Harris The First Tee of Greater New Orleans Harvey

LA

Peter Mata The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish Baton Rouge

LA

Micaa Thomas The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C. Bowie

MD

Charles Young II The First Tee of Baltimore Woodstock

MD

Van Holmgren The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District Corcoran

MN

Bryan D’Ostroph The First Tee of the Sandhills Whispering Pines

NC

Matthew Guo The First Tee of the Triad Clemmons

NC

Mark Johnston The First Tee of the Triad Lewisville

NC

Alexander Nguyen The First Tee of the Sandhills Pinehurst

NC

Jonathan Paulson The First Tee of the Triangle Cary

NC

Cameryn Smith The First Tee of Brunswick County Shallotte

NC

Max Wimbrow The First Tee of Charlotte Concord

NC

Isabel Gonzalez The First Tee of Raritan Valley Bloomfield

NJ

Justin Murray The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia Burlington

NJ

Raymond Torres The First Tee of San Juan County, NM Aztec

NM

Michelle Duan The First Tee of Northern Nevada Reno

NV

Brent Ito The First Tee of Metropolitan New York Ardsley

NY

Tiffany Schapira The First Tee of Metropolitan New York Valley Stream

NY

Erich Spitz The First Tee of Western New York Orchard Park

NY

Brennan Fanning The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City Oklahoma City

OK

Tommy Riddle The First Tee of Tulsa Tulsa

OK

Jon Paul Ray The First Tee of Tulsa Broken Arrow

OK

Madalyn Ardueser The First Tee of Greater Portland Eugene

OR

Gillian Alexander The First Tee of Pittsburgh Rices Landing

PA

Billy Colbert The First Tee of Sharon Hermitage

PA

Ben Clarke The First Tee of South Dakota Sioux Falls

SD

Jordan Powell The First Tee of Nashville Gallatin

TN

Reed Shelley The First Tee of Fort Worth Fort Worth

TX

Roberto Arguello The First Tee of Greater Austin Austin

TX

Alexandra Batista The First Tee of Fort Worth Trophy Club

TX

Ian Bellisario The First Tee of Fort Smith Fort Smith

TX

Cameron Carr The First Tee of Fort Worth Arlington

TX

Peri’Don Ray Castille The First Tee of Greater Dallas Dallas

TX

Daniel Dahlinger

The First Tee of Fort Worth

Fort Worth

TX

Andrew Errico The First Tee of Fort Worth

Fort Worth

TX

Reed Fisher The First Tee of The Piney Woods

Longview

TX

Tarin Leong The First Tee of Fort Worth

Arlington

TX

Angelo Leyvani The First Tee of Greater San Antonio

San Antonio

TX

Colin Mulligan

The First Tee of Greater Houston

Houston

TX

Ariana Saenz

The First Tee of Greater Houston

Porter

TX

Phillip Hoffman The First Tee of Harrisonburg

Charlottesville

VA

Tyler Peterson The First Tee of Roanoke Valley Rocky Mount

VA

Chandler Wilkins The First Tee of the Triad

Danville

VA

-Jerry Stewart

Author: Jerry Stewart

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