Juniors selected to play Pebble at First Tee Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 1, 2015, 1:00 pm

The First Tee announced Wednesday the names of the 81 junior players competing in this year’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Sept. 25-27.

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 12th edition of the tournament, which is contested at Pebble  Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. John Cook is the defending champion.

"Morning Drive" showcased how some of the participants learned of their inclusion. Check out the video below:



Here's a list of the juniors selected to compete:

Noor Ahmed, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calf.)

Jack Avrit, The First Tee of Central Coast (Calf.)

Dario Ayala, The First Tee of Atlanta (Ga.)

Jay Babu, The First Tee of Northern Nevada (Nev.)

Colby Bradley, The First Tee of Augusta (S.C.)

Clare Brady, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (Calif.)

Davis Bryant, The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch (Colo.)

Najae Butler, The First Tee of Atlanta (Ga.)

Carlo Carino, The First Tee of Greater New Orleans (La.)

Sayaka Carpenter, The First Tee of Raritan Valley (N.J.)

Ava Castillo, The First Tee of Greater Dallas (Texas)

Tiffany Cha, The First Tee of the Tri-Valley (Calif.)

Mason Chiu, The First Tee of Greater Pasadena (Calif.)

Michael Cliff, The First Tee of Fresno (Calif.)

Jackson Cole, The First Tee of Brunswick County (S.C.)

Daniel Connelly, San Francisco (Calif.)        

Ben Constancio, The First Tee of Greater Austin (Texas)

Marissa Del Monaco, The First Tee of Western New York (N.Y.)

Nicolette Dilluvio, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (N.Y.)

Leila Dizon, The First Tee of Greater Pasadena (Calif.)

Brock Dowdy, The First Tee of Denver (Colo.)

Tanya Eathakotti, The First Tee of Miami (Fla.)

Dylan Fisher, The First Tee of Greater Charlotte (N.C.)

Austin Fox, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Lee Froelich, The First Tee of St. Paul (Minn.)

Tori Gatling, The First Tee of Greater Houston (Texas)

Brant Gillespie, The First Tee of Augusta (S.C.)

Oliver Gore, The First Tee of Middle Tennessee (Tenn.)

Aubrey Graves, The First Tee of East Lake (Ga.)

Shahbaz Hashmi, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio (Texas)

Karlei Hemler, The First Tee of the Golden Triangle (Texas)

Grant Herrenbruck, The First Tee of Salina (Kan.)

Grant Hill, The First Tee of Memphis (Tenn.)

Jack Hirsh, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia (Pa.)

Gypsie Hutchinson, The First Tee of Lexington (Ky.)

DJ Johnson, The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish (La.)

Jack Kane, The First Tee of Connecticut (Conn.)

Chase Killette, The First Tee of North Florida (Fla.)

Chanha Kim, The First Tee of Monterey County (Calif.)

David Laskin, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Bibilani Liu, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (Calif.)

Ardin Lo, The First Tee of Tri-Valley (Calif.)

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

Presley Mackelburg, The First Tee of Northern Nevada (Nev.)

Navid Majidizadeh, The First Tee of Tulsa (Okla.)

Logan Martin, The First Tee of Montana (Mont.)

Nickolas Martinez, The First Tee of Greater Houston (Texas)

Ronnie McDowell, Jr., The First Tee of Silicon Valley (Calif.)

Mitchell McGuire, The First Tee of Phoenix (Ariz.)

Drake Mendenhall, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Hannah Moesinger, The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City (Okla.)

James Moore, The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C. (Va.)

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

Holden North, The First Tee of Pine Mountain (Va.)

Raphael Olfato, The First Tee of Hampton Roads (Va.)

Derrick Ow, The First Tee of Monterey County (Calif.)

Elizabeth Park, The First Tee of San Diego (Calif.)

Sung Eun Park, The First Tee of San Diego (Calif.)

Landon Patterson, The First Tee of Brunswick County (N.C.)

Steven Phelps, The First Tee of Lakeland (Fla.)

Ryan Ramboyong, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (Calif.)

Quinn Riley, The First Tee of the Triangle (N.C.)

Jared Robinson, The First Tee of the Sandhills (N.C.)

Jessica Rogina, The First Tee of Greater Houston (Texas)

Dominic Salomone, The First Tee of Contra Costa (Calif.)

Nicole Schroeder, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (Calif.)

Nelson Searcy, The First Tee of Greater Kansas City (Mo.)

Serena Shah, The First Tee of Greater Dallas (Texas)

Sydney Shrader, The First Tee of Naples/Collier (Fla.)

Samantha Shumaker, The First Tee of Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Neha Sikand, The First Tee of Central Coast (Calif.)

Camille Simon, The First Tee of Greater New Orleans (La.)

Sarah Sontowski, The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District (Minn.)

Janane Tan, The First Tee of Greater Dallas (Texas)

Spencer Tibbits, The First Tee of Greater Portland (Wash.)

Neil Vyas, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (N.Y.)

Allison Wade, The First Tee of Fort Worth (Texas)

Sahara Washington, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio (Texas)

Chandler Wasson, The First Tee of Tulsa (Okla.)

Vince Wheeler, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley (Va.)

Hayley Yukihiro, The First Tee of Monterey County (Calif.)

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.