Two local teens will play Pebble Beach in an official Champions Tour tournament July 6-8.
Megan Board, age 16, attends Cave Spring High School and has been playing golf for three years. She has a USGA handicap of 5.8 and has been an active member of The First Tee since for six years.
Garrett Sweeney, age 17, attends Salem High School and has been playing golf for four years. He has a handicap of 2.0 and has been an active member of The First Tee for three years.
They were selected by a national panel of judges that evaluates participants’ playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. More than 180 applications were submitted. Overall, 81 juniors, ages 15-18 will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course.
“The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is an opportunity of a lifetime for the young people in our program,” says Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive of The First Tee. “Playing at world-renowned golf courses alongside Champions Tour players, the event provides our participants the chance to showcase not only their golfing abilities but also the core values developed through The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience. We are very grateful for the generosity of Nature Valley.”
Nature Valley and the Champions Tour have partnered with The First Tee to promote The First Tee Life Skills Experience, which gives young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.