September 11, 2018
PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee Celebrating its 15th Anniversary
An international field of major champions and Ryder Cup heroes team up with junior golfers from around the country for the Sept. 24-30., an official PGA TOUR Champions event returning to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach,
“This always is a special week of golf for the PGA TOUR Champions players who love coming back to Pebble Beach, and for The First Tee participants , who mostly are coming to Pebble Beach for the first time,” said Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which founded the tournament and has hosted it since 2004. “The excitement and the camaraderie lead to great competition, and many lasting friendships formed throughout the week.”
Led by defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany the lineup of golf legends includes 22 major champions and 21 members of Ryder Cup teams, including 15 from the USA, who might be keeping an eye on the 2018 Ryder Cup being played on the same three days in France.
While Langer’s Hall of Fame career includes 12 majors and 10 Ryder Cup appearances for Team Europe, the PURE Insurance Championship also will have 14-time major champion Tom Watson, who played on four USA Ryder Cup teams; Hale Irwin, with 10 majors and five U.S. Ryder Cup teams; and Mark O’Meara, with three majors and five U.S. Ryder Cup teams. European stars include Colin Montgomery of Scotland, with three majors and eight Ryder Cup teams, as well as five-time Ryder Cup competitors Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and Sandy Lyle of Scotland.
Along with the leading players on the PGA TOUR Champions this year – including Scott McCarron, Jerry Kelly, Vijay Singh and Joe Durant – the tournament features a pop-up yoga class Friday at 9 a.m. hosted by Pure Barre along the water’s edge, along with the popular Berry & Bubble Bar (champagne, local berries and more at 17th green area), Chevron STEM Zone (1,500 local student will visit during the week), Caliburn International Patriots Deck (50 percent off food and beverage for current and past military at 17th tee area).
Competition warms up Thursday with the $100,000 Chevron Shoot-out for STEM Scholars, featuring six teams comprised of a tour pro and junior golfer competing for college scholarships. The five-hole showdown begins at 3 p.m. on the first tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links, continuing on holes 2-3-17-18. Pop singer-songwriter Kelly James will perform at 18th green area following play.
The PURE Insurance Championship is the only event of its kind in which 81 boys and girls from The First Tee are teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. In this 15th tournament year, more than 1,100 girls and boys from The First Tee have played in the tournament.
Participants from The First Tee chapters, representing 22 states – including 17 players from Northern California – were selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and application of the Nine Core Values and life skills learned through their involvement with The First Tee’s programs: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.
Junior competitor “alumni” include numerous boys and girls who have gone on to pro golf tour careers, including Harold Varer, Scott Langley, Cameron Champ, and Paula Creamer.
All three rounds of competition in the PURE Insurance Championship will be televised on Golf Channel.
Complimentary general admission is presented by Mastercard. Tickets are required to attend during tournament play Friday – Sunday, Sept. 28-30. For more information on the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship, visit .