Junior golfer discusses his week at Pebble Beach

August 29, 2008
PGA TOUR staff

Jan Jaro is a sophomore from The First Tee in Jacksonville, Fla. The accomplished golfer returns to Pebble Beach after playing in this event in 2007. Jaro will be blogging about his time with the pros and his friends this week.

This is my second year at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Last year I played with Nick Price and this year I'm paired with Leonard Thompson (we both live in Jacksonville).


We had a rough day today over at Del Monte. I think Leonard shot 74. He had rotator cuff surgery last year, so he's still a little shaky. We started off solidly but didn't finish too well. I'm currently tied for 22nd after a first-round 68 in the "gross best ball" tournament that the juniors and amateurs play. I missed a lot of putts today but there's always tomorrow. It's been a frustrating day and, honestly, I kind of want to forget the round right now.

I was definitely looking forward to coming back this year. I really wanted to win and focused on trying to win. I'm a little far out right now so I'm just trying to make the cut.

I've been playing golf for 11 years. I got started with The First Tee about seven or eight years ago. It was a great experience. I went to one of The First Tee outings where they invited kids, met some of the people and got involved right away. I don't remember much about it or how I got started, but my dad says I got started in golf because I saw Tiger winning the Masters. I still love the game and I have so many memories.

The "Legends and Leaders" dinner on Wednesday night has been the best part of the week so far. The food was great. I'm always hungry and Pebble Beach has the best food. I got to socialize with some of the Champions Tour players and that was fun, too.

It's been fun reconnecting with old friends. We saw each other in Kansas, where we hung out and talked. We're rooting for each other...most of the time. I still want to beat them this week.