July 5, 2017
Juniors Announced for Upcoming PURE Insurance Championship
Eighty-one of the best junior golfers in the nation are headed to Poppy Hills Golf Course and Pebble Beach Golf Links for the upcoming PURE Insurance Championship.
On Wednesday, PGA Tour Champions and The First Tee announced the 81 juniors selected to play in the 2017 PURE Insurance Championship, to be held Sept. 19-24 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.
Formerly known as The First Tee Open, at the end of the 2016 event the PGA Tour and Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE) announced an agreement making the policyholder-owned property & casualty insurer for high net worth families the title sponsor of the longstanding event, which dates back to 2004.
“This tournament has the ability to impact the lives of youth throughout The First Tee, and we are proud to serve an integral part in the PGA TOUR’s mission of creating a strong community footprint while also helping to grow this great game,” said Ross Buchmueller, President and CEO of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies.
The 81 juniors, ages 14 to 18, were selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee. The juniors will be teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the Pro-Junior title.
Among the Champions Tour players currently committed to compete in the championship include World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie, as well as three-time tournament winner Jeff Sluman and defending champion Paul Broadhurst. Players have until Friday, September 8 to commit, with additional commitments to be announced in the coming months.
The junior field was announced this morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The show included PGA TOUR player Luke Donald, recent NCAA star Wyndham Clark, and Golf Channel hosts Matt Ginella and Lauren Thompson, with seven junior golfers receiving surprises informing them of their selection.
“We are proud of this year’s juniors selected for the PURE Insurance Championship” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee. “Being selected demonstrates their understanding and application of life skills, and ability to play elite golf. We appreciate our partners—PURE Insurance, PGA TOUR Champions, Pebble Beach Resorts, Poppy Hills Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Golf Channel—and their commitment to the event which is a life-changing experience for the juniors.”
Of the 81 juniors, there’s a number hailing from the Northern California region:
|Edward||Anaya||The First Tee of Contra Costa||Moraga|
|Jackielou||Caniete||The First Tee of Contra Costa||Antioch|
|Genevieve “Skye”||Mingming||The First Tee of Contra Costa||Walnut Creek|
|Caitlin||Figura||The First Tee of Fresno||Fresno|
|Claire||Oetinger||The First Tee of Fresno||Oakhurst|
|Lauren||Parayno||The First Tee of Fresno||Fresno|
|Katelyn||Harris||The First Tee of Greater Sacramento||Antelope|
|Sienna||Lyford||The First Tee of Greater Sacramento||Roseville|
|Ryan||Parry||The First Tee of Greater Sacramento||Carmichael|
|Hailey||Rietz||The First Tee of Greater Sacramento||Rancho Cordova|
|Emma||Sand||The First Tee of Greater Sacramento||El Dorado Hills|
|Jose||Calderon||The First Tee of Monterey County||Salinas|
|Anitra||Khoth||The First Tee of San Joaquin||Stockton|
|Kevin||Thai||The First Tee of the East Bay||Oakland|
|Annika||Borrelli||The First Tee of the Tri-Valley||Alamo|
|Catherine||Phillips||The First Tee of the Tri-Valley||Danville|
|Michael||Shaw||The First Tee of the Tri-Valley||Pleasanton|