Juniors selected for Nature Valley First Tee Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 15, 2014, 11:00 am

The First Tee announced Tuesday evening the names of the 81 junior players competing in this year’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Sept. 26-28.

The Champions Tour event groups one senior player with one junior First Tee participant (age 15-18) and two fellow amateurs. This will mark the 11th edition of the tournament, which is contested at Pebble  Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Kirk Triplett is the two-time defending champion.

Two of the chosen ones were informed during a “Morning Drive” appearance. Check out their surprise:



Here is a list of the juniors selected to compete this year:

Hanna Brauburger, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas (Ark.)

Christopher Meyers, The First Tee of Tucson (Ariz.)

Emma Reyes, The First Tee of Phoenix (Ariz.)

Matthew Topilko, The First Tee of Phoenix (Ariz.)

Patrick Abadilla, The First Tee of Monterey County (Calif.)

Bryan Baumgarten, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Kylie Fong, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Katie Horsford, The First Tee of Fresno (Calif.)

Jack Jaffe, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (Calif.)

Donald Kay, The First Tee of San Diego (Calif.)

David Kizilkaya, The First Tee of Monterey County (Calif.)

Stian Lintvedt, The First Tee of Pasadena (Calif.)

Nicholas Lloren, The First Tee of Contra Costa (Calif.)

Logan Lowe, The First Tee of Greater Sacremento (Calif.)

Kayli Lujan, The First Tee of the Tri-Valley (Calif.)

Michael Mahlberg, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Joshua McCarthy, The First Tee of the Tri-Valley (Calif.)

Will McMahon, The First Tee of the Coachella Valley (Calif.)

Sam Miller, The First Tee of San Francisco (Calif.)

Brittany O'Bryant, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Paige Phillips, The First Tee of the Tri-Valley (Calif.)

Nikhil Swaminathan, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (Calif.)

Mabel Wong, The First Tee of Central Valley (Calif.)

Anna Zhou, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (Calif.)

Jason Liu, The First Tee of Connecticut (Conn.)

Emily Black, The First Tee of Naples/Collier (Fla.)

Francisco de la Torre, The First Tee of Miami (Fla.)

Cameron Fields, The First Tee of St. Petersburg (Fla.)

Mariana Ocano, The First Tee of St. Petersburg (Fla.)

Jenna Tuccio, The First Tee of Naples/Collier (Fla.)

Emily Valentine, The First Tee of The Palm Beaches (Fla.)

Austin Witt, The First Tee of Naples/Collier (Fla.)

Sarah Harrison, The First Tee of Augusta (Ga.)

Michael Stallings, The First Tee of Augusta (Ga.)

Justin Williamson, The First Tee of Hawaii (Hawaii)

Drew Casper, The First Tee of Manhattan (Kan.)

Pierson McAtee, The First Tee of Manhattan (Kan.)

Russ Tolliver, The First Tee of Pine Mountain (Ky.)

Angelica Harris, The First Tee of Greater New Orleans (La.)

Peter Mata, The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish (La.)

Micaa Thomas, The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C. (Md.)

Charles Young II, The First Tee of Baltimore (Md.)

Van Holmgren, The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District (Minn.)

Bryan D'Ostroph, The First Tee of the Sandhills (N.C.)

Matthew Guo, The First Tee of the Triad (N.C.)

Mark Johnston, The First Tee of the Triad (N.C.)

Alexander Nguyen, The First Tee of the Sandhills (N.C.)

Jonathan Paulson, The First Tee of the Triangle (N.C.)

Cameryn Smith, The First Tee of Brunswick County (N.C.)

Max Wimbrow, The First Tee of Charlotte (N.C.)

Isabel Gonzalez, The First Tee of Raritan Valley (N.J.)

Justin Murray, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia (N.J.)

Raymond Torres, The First Tee of San Juan County, NM (N.M.)

Michelle Duan, The First Tee of Northern Nevada (Nev.)

Brent Ito, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (N.Y.)

Tiffany Schapira, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (N.Y.)

Erich Spitz, The First Tee of Western New York (N.Y.)

Brennan Fanning, The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City (Okla.)

Tommy Riddle, The First Tee of Tulsa (Okla.)

Jon Paul Ray, The First Tee of Tulsa (Okla.)

Madalyn Ardueser, The First Tee of Greater Portland (Ore.)

Gillian Alexander, The First Tee of Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Billy Colbert, The First Tee of Sharon (Pa.)

Ben Clarke, The First Tee of South Dakota (S.D.)

Jordan Powell, The First Tee of Nashville (Tenn.)

Reed Shelley, The First Tee of Fort Worth (Texas)

Roberto Arguello, The First Tee of Greater Austin (Texas)

Alexandra Batista, The First Tee of Fort Worth (Texas)

Ian Bellisario, The First Tee of Fort Smith (Texas)

Cameron Carr, The First Tee of Fort Worth (Texas)

Peri'Don Ray Castille, The First Tee of Greater Dallas (Texas)

Daniel Dahlinger, The First Tee of Fort Worth (Texas)

Andrew Errico, The First Tee of Fort Worth (Texas)

Reed Fisher, The First Tee of The Piney Woods (Texas)

Tarin Leong, The First Tee of Fort Worth (Texas)

Angelo Leyvani, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio (Texas)

Colin Mulligan, The First Tee of Greater Houston (Texas)

Ariana Saenz, The First Tee of Greater Houston (Texas)

Phillip Hoffman, The First Tee of Harrisonburg (Va.)

Tyler Peterson, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley (Va.)

Chandler Wilkins, The First Tee of the Triad (Va.)

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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