Participants Announced for the Golf to Paraidse – First Tee Champions Challenge!

24 junior participants from across the country will compete at The TwinEagles Club

Naples, Fla. – On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chubb Classic has invited junior golfers from across the country to participate in a three-day competition at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla.  During the Chubb Classic, February 13 – 19, two participants from 12 different First Tee chapters (24 total participants) will travel to Naples in hopes of claiming victory of the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“It is an honor for me to represent The First Tee of Naples/Collier in the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge,” said Makenzie Hotchkiss, participant from The First Tee of Naples/Collier.  “Matt and I are so excited to be the host participants for this year’s event and cannot wait to meet the other 22 First Tee players next month.  The First Tee has given me so many great opportunities not only on the golf course, but in life as well.  I am so grateful to everyone involved.”

The 2017 challenge boasts a 24 player field in which 23 junior golfers will compete in the program for the first time.  One participant from The First Tee of West Michigan, Dominic Luciani, will return in February for his second straight year competing in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“I am so excited to travel to Naples and represent The First Tee of West Michigan again,” said Dominic Luciani, returning junior participant from The First Tee of West Michigan.  “Having participated in last year’s event, I know a bit more about what to expect and cannot wait to return – I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”

For full biographies on each First Tee participant listed below, please CLICK HERE.

 

The First Tee of Atlanta

Alejandra Ayala                                                                    Jazmyne Everett

17 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Alpharetta High School                                          Junior, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School

 

The First Tee of Baltimore

Kendel Abrams                                                                     Jairus Gaines

16 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Susquehannock High School                                   Junior, Gilman School

 

The First Tee of Chicago

Chloe Morrissey                                                                   Raquel Simpson

14 years old                                                                          14 years old

Freshman, Warren Township High School                           Freshman, Walter Payton College Prep High School

 

The First Tee of Cleveland

Ben Cawley                                                                           Nathan Lewandowski

16 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Shaker Heights High School                                     Junior, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School

 

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Matt Ariza                                                                              Makenzie Hotchkiss

16 years old                                                                          17 years old

Junior, Gulf Coast High School                                           Senior, Barron Collier High School

 

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Brinkley Beever                                                                   Dalton McGinnis

16 years old                                                                         14 years old

Junior, Siloam Springs High School                                    Freshman, Deer High School

 

The First Tee of Philadelphia

Leonard Gipson                                                                    Riley Quartermain

15 years old                                                                          13 years old

Freshman, Father Judge High School                                  8th Grade, Haverford Middle School

 

The First Tee of Pittsburgh

Madison Bartone                                                                 Victoria Slawinski

15 years old                                                                         16 years old

Sophomore, Mount Lebanon High School                           Sophomore, Bethel Park High School

 

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

Alisa Caraballo                                                                      John Ferguson

16 years old                                                                          17 years old

Sophomore, Home Schooled                                                Junior, Franklin County High School

 

The First Tee of the Triangle

Sara Allen                                                                              Nyilah Anderson

17 years old                                                                          17 years old

Senior, Franklin Academy High School                                 Senior, Charles E. Jordan High School

 

The First Tee of the Twin Cities       

David Kehr                                                                            Parker Reddig

17 years old                                                                          17 years old

Senior, Highland Park Senior High School                           Senior, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s School

 

The First Tee of West Michigan

Owen Kruer                                                                          Dominic Luciani

16 years old                                                                          15 years old

Sophomore, Jenison High School                                        Sophomore, East Grand Rapids High School