The First Tee of Phoenix sends two teens to play at Pebble Beach

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First Tee of Phoenix teaches life lessons with golf. You can help programs like these Jake Walden was able to pass the time during the pandemic playing Fortnite with eight-time PGA Tour winner and 2020 U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau. Walden, a senior at Higley High School in Gilbert, was able […]

First Tee of Phoenix teaches life lessons with golf. You can help programs like these

Jake Walden was able to pass the time during the pandemic playing Fortnite with eight-time PGA Tour winner and 2020 U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau.

Walden, a senior at Higley High School in Gilbert, was able to connect with DeChambeau through The First Tee of Phoenix, which brought opportunities to meet PGA Tour winners and invitations to national golf events. 

Now, Walden is one of two golfers selected to represent The First Tee of Phoenix at the 2021 PURE Insurance Championship Sept. 20-26 at Pebble Beach. Abigale Morris, a senior at Waddell Canyon View High, also will participate in the Champions Tour event.

The event will bring 81 teens from The First Tee Chapters across the country and one from Morrocco, to be paired with a PGA Tour champions and amateurs from the business world.

The First Tee juniors will find out who their partner will be early in the week of the tournament. The participants were chosen by a panel of judges based on their personal growth, life skills, and playing ability learned from The First Tee.

During the tournament week, there will be a pairing party to meet their pro partner, educational training, guest speakers, and a concert by Macklemore on the 18th green.  The Golf Channel will nationally televise the PGA Tour Champions Tournament. 

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