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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Watch: Pieters snaps club ... around his neck

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 1:19 pm

After opening in 3-over 75, Thomas Pieters was in no mood for more poor play on Friday.

Unfortunately for Pieters, he bogeyed two of his first three holes in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship and then didn't like his second shot at the par-5 fourth.

Someone - or some thing - had to pay, and an innocent iron bore the brunt of Pieters' anger.



Pieters made par on the hole, but at 5 over for the tournament, he was five shots off the cut line.

It's not the first time a club has faced Pieters' wrath. 

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Woods would 'love' to see Tour allow shorts

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:59 pm

Players on the European Tour are allowed to wear shorts during practices and pro-ams.

The PGA of America permitted players to show some leg while prepping for last year’s PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods would like to see the PGA Tour follow suit.

"I would love it," he said Thursday in a Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf. "We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet. We usually travel with the sun, and a lot of our events are played in the summer, and then on top of that when we have the winter months here a lot of the guys go down to South Africa and Australia where it's summer down there.

"It would be nice to wear shorts. Even with my little chicken legs, I still would like to wear shorts."

Caddies are currently allowed to wear shorts on Tour, during events.

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Feasting again: McIlroy shoots 65 to lead BMW PGA

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:04 pm

Updated at 9:42 a.m. ET

Rory McIlroy made seven birdies and no bogeys on Friday for a 7-under 65 and the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship.

After opening in 67, McIlroy was among the early groups out on Day 2 at Wentworth Club. He made three birdies and no bogeys on the par-35 front nine on Friday, and then went on a run after the turn.

McIlroy made four consecutive birdies, beginning at the par-5 12th. That got him to 12 under, overall, and gave him a clear advantage over the field. With two closing par-5s, a very low number was in sight. But, as he did on Day 1, McIlroy finished par-par.

"I've made four pars there [on 17 and 18] when I really should be making at least two birdies, but I played the other par-5s well," McIlroy said. "It all balances itself out."


Full-field scores from the BMW PGA Championship


McIlroy has made 14 birdies and two bogeys through two rounds. At 12 under, he has a three-stroke lead over Sam Horsfield.

"The work has paid off, to some degree," McIlroy said of his practice with swing coach Michael Bannon. "I still feel like I'm hitting some loose shots out there. But, for the most part, it's been really good. If I can keep these swing thoughts and keep going in the right direction, hopefully this is the type of golf I'll be able to produce."

This event has been feast or famine for McIlroy. He won here in 2014, but has three missed cuts in his other three starts. This week, however, he’ll be around for the weekend and is in position for his first European Tour victory since the 2016 Irish Open and his second worldwide victory of the year (Arnold Palmer Invitational).

"I have the confidence that I'm playing well and I can go out and try to just replicate what I did the day before," McIlroy said about his weekend approach with the lead. "On the first tee box tomorrow I'll be thinking about what I did today. Trying to just keep the same thoughts, make the same swings. I went a couple better today than I did yesterday. I'm not sure I'll keep that progression going but something similiar tomorrow would be nice."

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Goat visor propels Na to Colonial lead

By Will GrayMay 25, 2018, 1:29 am

Jason Dufner officially has some company in the headwear free agency wing of the PGA Tour.

Like Dufner, Kevin Na is now open to wear whatever he wants on his head at tournaments, as his visor sponsorship with Titleist ended earlier this month. He finished T-6 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his second tournament as a free agent, and this week at the Fort Worth Invitational he's once again wearing a simple white visor with a picture of a goat.

"I bought it at The Players Championship for $22 with the 30 percent discount that they give the Tour players," Na told reporters. "It's very nice."


Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

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Perhaps a change in headwear was just what Na needed to jumpstart his game. Last week's result in Dallas was his first top-35 finish in his last six events dating back to February, and he built upon that momentum with an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman after the first round at Colonial Country Club.

While many sports fans know the "GOAT" acronym to stand for "Greatest Of All Time," it's a definition that the veteran Na only learned about earlier this year.

"I do social media, but they kept calling Tiger the GOAT. I go, 'Man, why do they keep calling Tiger the GOAT? That's just mean,'" Na said. "Then I realized it meant greatest of all time. Thinking of getting it signed by Jack (Nicklaus) next week (at the Memorial)."