Youth players named for Nature Valley First Tee Open

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May 26, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- 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 held July 8-10 and televised nationally on Golf Channel.

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These young men and women were selected through a process that evaluates participants' 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 event's 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, participants?many of whom are playing Pebble Beach for the first time?will 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.

The First Tee Participants Selected to Play in 2011 Event

Arizona Timothy Briones The First Tee of Phoenix Mike McGilton The First Tee of Phoenix Anthony Quezada The First Tee of Phoenix

California 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

Florida 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

Georgia Tommy Swearingen, III The First Tee of Atlanta Martavious Adams The First Tee of East Lake

Illinois Blake Billups The First Tee of Joliet

Indiana Logan Bertalan The First Tee of Valparaiso

Kansas Benjamin Hargrave The First Tee of Salina

Kentucky Ben Davis The First Tee of Lexington Michael Wilson The First Tee of Pine Mountain

Louisiana Ryan Alford The First Tee of Northwest Louisiana

Massachusetts Trevor Bernier The First Tee of Massachusetts

Maryland Bryana Nguyen The First Tee of Howard County

Minnesota Elizabeth Bauernfeind The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District Jack Holmgren The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District

Nevada Tess Jones The First Tee of Northern Nevada Julian Glasser The First Tee of Southern Nevada Sarah Thomas The First Tee of Southern Nevada

New Jersey Kuriko Tsukiyama The First Tee of Metropolitan New York

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

North Carolina 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

Ohio Chase Johnson The First Tee of Akron Patrick Schultz The First Tee of Akron

Oklahoma Nadia Majidi The First Tee of Tulsa

Oregon Austin Landis The First Tee of Greater Portland

Pennsylvania Andrew Demofonte The First Tee of Sharon

Tennessee Aaron Burnett The First Tee of Nashville Lindsay Davis The First Tee of Pine Mountain

Texas 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

Virginia 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

Washington Haley Chinn The First Tee of Greater Seattle Lyle Rudnicki The First Tee of Greater Seattle Oliver Rudnicki The First Tee of Greater Seattle

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