Juniors set to return to Pebble for First Tee Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 6, 2016, 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. 16-18.

The PGA Tour Champions event groups one senior player with one junior First Tee participant (age 15-18) and two fellow amateurs. This will mark the 13th edition of the tournament, which is contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Esteban Toledo is the defending champion.


Nature Valley First Tee Open: Mountain Region contestants
Nature Valley First Tee Open: Pacific Region contestants
Nature Valley First Tee Open: Central Atlantic Region contestants
Nature Valley First Tee Open: Southeast Region contestants


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

Kendel Abrams, The First Tee of Greater Baltimore (PA)

Alejandra Ayala, The First Tee of Atlanta (GA)

Aysis Azarcon, The First Tee of Great Dallas (TX)

Tyler Armstrong, The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish (LA)

Mariano Barbosa, The First Tee of Greater Dallas (TX)

Catherine Batang, The First Tee of San Francisco (CA)

Ryan Birkedal, The First Tee of the Triad (NC)

Dylan Bissell, The First Tee of Yakima (WA)

Stephen Boyd, The First Tee of Greater Houston (TX)

Brette Bryant, The First Tee of Augusta (GA)

Tyler Burkum, The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District (MN)

Isabelle Castro, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (CA)

Neeve Chen, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (CA)

Sadie Chlapowski, The First Tee of St. Petersburg (FL)

Dylan Choi, The First Tee of Greater Pasadena (CA)

Perry Chong, The First Tee of Hammond (IL)

Beah Cruz, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (CA)

Julia Dai, The First Tee of Greater Seattle (WA)

Madelyn Dimitroff, The First Tee of Northwest Florida (FL)

Emily Dixon, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (CA)

Brandon Doner, The First Tee of The Palm Beaches (FL)

Cole Elmore, The First Tee of Salina (KS)

Patrick Fernandez, The First Tee of Phoenix (AZ)

Abbi Fleiner, The First Tee of Northern Nevada (NV)

Joshua Fleiner, The First Tee of Northern Nevada (NV)

Faith Francioso, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (NY)

Ross Funderburke, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley (VA)

Jairus Gaines, The First Tee of Greater Baltimore (MD)

Sydnie Gamble, The First Tee of Fort Smith (AR)

Peter George, The First Tee of Naples/Collier (FL)

William Gibson, The First Tee of Fort Smith (AR)

Emily Harvey, The First Tee of Valparaiso (IN)

Madison Harwell, The First Tee of Augusta (GA)

Makenzie Hotchkiss, The First Tee of Naples/Collier (FL)

Gerry Jones, Jr., The First Tee of Hampton Roads (VA)

Kaden Kinard, The First Tee of Delaware (DE)

Trinity King, The First Tee of Fort Worth (TX)

Yianni Kostouros, The First Tee of Valparaiso (IN)

Nicolas Kresl, The First Tee of Lakeland (FL)

Grant Leppek, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (CA)

Calista Lothliam, The First Tee of Fort Worth (TX)

Alexander Lowe, The First Tee of Fort Worth (TX)

Trevor Madridejos, The First Tee of North Florida (FL)

Summer Marshall, The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City (OK)

Grayson Martin, The First Tee of Central Arkansas (AR)

Zoe Mayfield, The First Tee of The Piney Woods (TX)

Jacob Meyberg, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (CA)

Joshua Meyberg, The First Tee of Silicon Valley (CA)

Callie Montgomery, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley (VA)

Connor Moore, The First Tee of the Triangle (NC)

James Morotti II, The First Tee of Tampa Bay (FL)

Jake Moscoso, The First Tee of Miami (FL)

Kelly Newbrough, The First Tee of Naple/Collier (FL)

Lauren Palmer, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio (TX)

Kayla Parsons, The First Tee of the Triangle (NC)

Nicole Polivchak, The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee (FL)

Brandon Pozzie, The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee (FL)

Calista Reyes, The First Tee of San Diego (CA)

Josie Roberson, The First Tee of Central Arkansas (AR)

Pierce Robinson, The First Tee of the Foothills (NC)

Rachel Roter, The First Tee of the Tri-Valley (CA)

Kailer Rundiks, The First Tee of Denver (CO)

Annaliesia Salazar, The First Tee of Greater Dallas (TX)

Scott Schuster, The First Tee of Greater Houston (TX)

Tya Seth, The First Tee of Greater Portland (OR)

Julia Simon, The First Tee of Greater New Orleans (LA)

Chase Skrubis, The First Tee of Connecticut (CT)

Brice Smoker, The First Tee of Aiken (SC)

Isabella Stepanek, The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee (FL)

Megan Tang, The First of Memphis (TN)

Jonathan Tanihana, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (CA)

Christian Taylor, The First Tee of Naples/Collier (FL)

Lauren Thibodeau, The First Tee of New Hampshire (NH)

Maxwell Turnquist, The First Tee of Yakima (WA)

Soulai Vang, The First Tee of Tulsa (OK)

Claire Vermette, The First Tee of St. Petersburg (FL)

Drew White, The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C. (VA)

Ryan Woo, The First Tee of Greater Richmond (VA)

Caitlyn Yamashita, The First Tee of Greater Pasadena (CA)

Aubrey Zastoupil, The First Tee of The Piney Woods (TX)

Madeline Zunino, The First Tee of San Joaquin (CA)

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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

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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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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