Chubb Classic Tickets Now Available for Purchase Online

Who: Members of the SW Florida community and supporters of the PGA TOUR Champions and Chubb Classic.

What:  Chubb Classic tickets are now available for purchase online. General Admission Tickets, Taste of SW Florida Tickets and Parking Passes are among those available for purchase.

General Admission Tickets

General Admission Tickets include general grounds access to the Chubb Classic on respective day. Public viewing bleacher seating and various concession areas are located throughout the course for spectators.

  • A Daily Ticket is $15 per ticket and valid any one (1) day, Tuesday through Sunday
  • A Weekly Ticket is $30 per ticket and valid all week, Tuesday through Sunday

Taste of SW Florida

Taste of SW Florida Tickets include upgraded access to a two-day food festival held in conjunction with the Chubb Classic on Friday and Saturday of Event week (February 16 & 17, 2018). Event attendees will be invited to mix, mingle and sample menu items prepared by the best local restaurants from throughout SW Florida. Tastes of over 60 different local and national craft beer, wineries and spirits will be available for guests 21 and over. Ticket includes access to Taste of SW Florida as well as daily grounds access to the Chubb Classic on selected day.

  • A Daily Ticket to Taste of SW Florida is $35 per ticket and valid any one (1) day, Friday or Saturday
  • Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis. 

Parking Passes

Parking options are available at the Chubb Classic and includeDaily general parking is $5 in advance and $7 during event week. Weekly general parking is $20 in advance.

Where:  To purchase tickets or for more information for the 2018 Chubb Classic visit; http://chubbclassic.com/tickets/

For additional details on the Chubb Classic, please contact the representative per the information above.

Participating SUBWAY® restaurants Offer Weekly Ticket Discounts to the 2017 Chubb Classic

All ticket offer purchasers will be entered to win the Ultimate Golf Experience

during Event week.

Naples, Fla. – SUBWAY® restaurants and the Chubb Classic partner to provide discounted ticket offers and upgraded experiences during the 30th anniversary of the PGA TOUR Champions event in Naples.  The Southwest Florida community will have the opportunity to take advantage of a two-for-one weekly ticket promotion, as well as a special sweepstakes for all ticket offer purchasers.  In addition, SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough and the chance to win $50,000 returns to the 2017 event, February 14 – 19 at The TwinEagles Club.

“The continued partnership with SUBWAY® restaurants allows us to thank the SW Florida community for their support through discounted ticket offers and upgraded experiences,” said Matt Hilliker, Tournament Director.  “We’re excited to once again partner with SUBWAY® restaurants to provide enhanced on-site experiences through SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough and the enter to win sweepstakes.”

SUBWAY® restaurants offers include:

Two-for-one Weekly Ticket Promotion – From Tuesday, January 24 to Sunday, February 19, participating SUBWAY® restaurants will offer fans the opportunity to purchase two weekly general admissions tickets for the price of one to the Chubb Classic.  By visiting participating SUBWAY® restaurants, ticket buyers will receive a promotional code valid for a two-for-one weekly grounds ticket, in which can be redeemed online or by calling the Tournament office at (239) 593-3900.  Weekly grounds tickets are valid all week, Tuesday, February 14 through Sunday, February 19.  For a complete list of participating SUBWAY® restaurants, click HERE.

Ultimate Golf Experience at the Chubb Classic – Each fan who redeems the two-for-one weekly ticket offer from participating SUBWAY® restaurants, from January 24 to February 8, will automatically be entered to win the Ultimate Golf Experience.  One lucky winner will receive the opportunity to walk inside the ropes with a Naples Daily News Honorary Observer spot.  Valid for two individuals, the honorary observer spot will provide access to walk alongside the legends of the PGA TOUR during an official championship round (Friday through Sunday).  The winner will also receive two reserved seats within a hospitality suite overlooking the 18th green on Saturday, February 18.

SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough – The SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough will take place during Event week, February 14 – 19 at The TwinEagles Club in Naples.  This challenge is a free, three-hole putting contest that gives spectators a chance to test their skills and compete against their family, friends and fellow fans for an opportunity to win $50,000 and various prizes.  Following the completion of tournament play on Saturday, February 18, daily finalists of the SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough will be given a chance to win $50,000 and free SUBWAY® for one year with a final putting challenge on the 18th green.

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

 

Golf to Paradise – Champions Challenge: Players

The First Tee Naples/Collier

Kelly Newbrough

16 years old

Junior, Barron Collier High School

Kelly Newbrough began playing golf at the age of 6.   She joined The First Tee of Naples/Collier at the ager of 7. Over the years, Kelly has completed the first four levels of The First Tee and is currently at the ACE Level.  She attended The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in San Diego in the summer of 2014 as well as represented The First Tee at the Florida State Team Championship over the past 3 years and played in the CME Pro-Am this past fall.   Because of The First Tee Kelly has participated in many volunteer opportunities, made lifelong friendships while learning positive life lessons along the way.  During her elementary and middle school years she competed for her school golf team through The First Tee.  For her high school golf team Kelly was the first freshman to win the conference, won regionals as a sopho9more and has been a part of a record breaking high school team.  Kelly has been playing in tournament golf since the age of 10.  Kelly’s future goals include continuing her golf career in college.

QUOTE:

“After being in The First Tee of Naples/Collier for nine years, learning more about golf skills and the 9 Core Values, I am very excited to share my community with other First Tee participants and make new friends who are also participating in the Golf to Paradise – Champions Challenge.”

 

Peter George

16 years old

Junior, Gulf Coast High School

I have been playing golf ever since I can remember, then a few years before that. It has been an intregral part of my life with not only the countless hours I have put in after school but also the lessons I have learned along the way.  I started playing competitively through The First Tee in third grade and ever since then I have been playing in more and more events.  Persevering has led me to win several tournaments and this past year my high school team was a contender at the state golf tournament.  I learned about the 9 Core Values through The First Tee which has helped me in all aspects of my life, on the golf course and off.  During my years participating in The First Tee, I have met some of my best friends and made many priceless memories.  The past summer I was selected to attend The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Blaine Minnesota.  Over the years I have also been selected to represent our chapter in the Florida State Junior Team Championship Tournament in Orlando.  Throughout all of this, The First Tee has been there to support me and lead me to opportunities I could only dream of.

QUOTE:

“It is a tremendous honor to be one of the host participants for this year’s Golf to Paradise – Champions Challenge. Thank you for this opportunity”.

 

The First Tee of Philadelphia

Gabriella Anna Morganti

18 years old

Senior, Academy of Notre Dame

I have been playing golf for as long as I can remember! I play for my club’s team as well as playing in events through the Philadelphia Junior Tour. I am also the captain of my high school golf team which has been undefeated for six years now.

Quote

“I am so honored that I was selected to participate in the 2016 Golf to Paradise! I am really looking forward to meeting and sharing this experience with participants from other First Tee Chapters”

 

The First Tee of West Michigan

Andrew DeYoung

18 years old

Senior, Kenowa Hills High School

Andrew began playing golf at a young age with his dad. After his father passed away at the age of 13, his mom enrolled him into The First Tee of West Michigan, with the hope of finding someone to help him navigate life. Andrew’s golf talent soon became evident to the staff at The First Tee.  In addition, his maturity and character developed significantly while in The First Tee. Andrew is currently the starting goalie on his high school’s varsity hockey team. He also serves as the team’s captain, and credits his leadership skills to his participation and experiences in The First Tee. Andrew works at a local country club, and plans to attend Ferris State University next fall for PGA Golf Management.

“I am so excited to travel to Naples and represent 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.”

Dominic Luciani

14 years old

Freshman, East Grand Rapids High School

Golf was just a hobby for Dominic until he was enrolled in The First Tee of West Michigan two and a half years ago. He credits The First Tee with the development of his leadership skills and the improvement of his golf game.

This past summer Dominic worked as a caddie at a local country club and attended The First Tee’s Nancy Tennant Golf & Leadership Academy in Benton Harbor.  This spring, he will try out for his high school golf team.

“It means so much to be chosen to represent The First Tee of West Michigan in Naples, Florida. I know this is a great opportunity…I have been preparing for months for this tournament!”

 

First Tee of Chicago

Trevor Britton

16 years old

Junior, Warren Township High School

I started playing golf when I was 8 years old. My dad introduced me to the game while at a driving range. He taught me all the basics of how to play the game. From there, I began practicing at home and on the golf course. My dad saw how quickly I caught on to the game and signed me up for the First Tee Program. Shortly after I joined, I was mentored by Darryl Stackhouse, Education Director/ PGA Professional, of the First Tee. He told me how talented I was and encourages me to continue to pursue golf. Because of that, I now play varsity golf for all 3 years at my high school.

“I feel honored and privileged to be apart of this event, supporting the First Tee where I got my start”.

 

Abdel Raoul

15 years old

Freshman, Mount Carmel High School

My name is Abdel Raoul and I am a 15 year old freshman at Mount Carmel High School, in Chicago. I play on the varsity golf team and to make the team, I shot a 79 at the Glenwoodie Golf Club (68.3/117/5988 yds.) which cinched my spot as the second bag on varsity.

I have been playing golf for eight years and have been a member of the First Tee of Greater Chicago for about three years and currently at Eagle level. I am striving to reach the Ace level. I have played with the Bob-O-Links Junior Golf League for seven years and have been a participant in the Midwest Golf Association Junior tournaments for the past four years. I was on the PGA Junior league Chicago team for the summer and fall of 2014. I also play in Illinois Junior Golf Association tournaments in the summer.

This past summer, I participated in the First Tee of Benton Harbor Leadership Academy, where I was awarded the Leadership Award and Top Chef Award for my jerk chicken with mango chutney.

 

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Kendall Vermilion

17 years old

Senior, Fayetteville High School

Kendall’s golf career, though very short, has grown quickly in its duration.  It all began when a friend introduced her to the sport in late winter of her sophomore year. Her father was able to teach her the fundamentals but soon she needed minute fixes that transferred her over to a swing coach.  This brought her to The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas. Here she was able to build friendships and work on her game, all while having fun and developing self-confidence. By the time tryouts for the high school team came around, Kendall was ready and made the team for her junior year. The subsequent year, she was deemed team captain and led her team to the State Championship where they fell short of advancing to the finals, but she and a teammate were able to advance as individuals. In the process of choosing the university she will attend to pursue her education in meteorology and atmospheric sciences, Kendall hopes to continue playing golf at the collegiate level.

Quote:  Setting my goal to achieve Ace status, never imagining it would take me to The First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, I’m elated to be one of the chosen.

 

Ethan Loafman

14 years old

Freshman, Rogers High School

Hi, my name is Ethan Loafman and I’m 14 years old. I enjoy golfing with my dad and my friends from the First Tee. I have been golfing ever since I was four years-old and have been participating in the First Tee activities for three years, one year in UT and two years here in NWA. In the two years in the NWA, I have earned my Birdie, Eagle, and Ace certification and am now working on my Ace certification. I was on the Rogers High School Golf Team last fall as the only freshmen. My golf career has been my top priority for the last two years and my goal is to earn a golf scholarship to a university.

I am honored to represent The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas at the 2016 First Tee Champions Challenge. This opportunity is a once in a life time experience. The First Tee is an amazing organization that allows me to learn more about the game of golf and improve my golf skills but more importantly it has taught me that the Nine Core Values can be used not only in golf but in my everyday life.

 

First Tee of Pittsburgh

Joseph Auth

18 years old

Senior, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School

I began golfing around the age of 5 or 6 when I lived in Pensacola, Florida. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2004 and began playing in local tournaments a few years later. I haven’t won any tournaments though. I played on my high school’s JV team all of my freshman year and most of my sophomore year. I finished my sophomore year on varsity and played on the varsity for my junior and senior year. I would like to play golf in college but who knows if it will happen.

“The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will provide me a great opportunity to learn new things and make new friends.”

Ted Ritts

15 years old

Sophomore, Woodland Hills High School

I am a Sophomore at Woodland Hills High School with a 3.9 GPA. I have been on the varsity golf team for two years and will be the team captain in my Junior year. I have been golfing with The First Tee of Pittsburgh since I was seven years old. I also enjoy coaching the younger golfers in The First Tee clinics. I strive to get better at golf every time I play. I play golf as much as I possibly can, to better my game and because golf is my passion.

Quote:

Being invited to Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge gives me the opportunity to meet other First Tee participants from across the country, to play a top-ranked course, and to watch a professional golf tournament

 

The First Tee of the Triangle

Ashley Kim

16 years old

Junior,Durham Academy

Golf Career Bio: I started golf because of The First Tee when I did introductory classes at the age of 13 and advanced from Par to now Ace. The First Tee welcomed me with open arms and showed me how much fun the game of golf is. I developed the confidence to play on the Varsity Girls Golf Team in 8th Grade. Last year, I made the TISAC All-Conference Team and received NCISAA All-State. Now, I am a captain as a junior and have recently received TISAC Conference Player of the Year and NCISAA All-State again. Because of such a strong love for the game, I hope to play golf as I take on another stage of my life in college.

Quote:

“When I was offered this opportunity to travel to Naples for the First Tee Champions Challenge, I was so grateful and extremely excited. I have never traveled so far for any golf tournament and I cannot think of a better first time than to be surrounded by people who support me 100%. I cannot wait for some golf, sun, warm weather, and fun.”

 

Clayson Good

13 years old

8thGrade, Githens Middle School

Clayson is a straight-A student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society at Githens Middle School in Durham, North Carolina. He enjoys many sports such as lacrosse, tennis, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and long-distance biking. His favorite sport though is golf. Clayson started playing golf at the age of two with a plastic set of clubs. He got his first set of real clubs a few years later and his love of golf grew. He started playing tournaments right away with the U.S. Kids organization and continues playing tournaments with multiple golf tours throughout North Carolina. He currently is an Ace level participant of The First Tee of the Triangle. He had his first junior coaching experience with The First Tee of the Triangle this fall assisting with the Little Linksters class. Clayson has also volunteered for the The First Tee of the Traingle at the SAS Championship, the Rex Hospital Open and A Night FORE Champions, which is the main fundraiser for the year. He uses the nine core values on and off the course and appreciates all that he has learned through The First Tee.

 

Quote: “I’m very excited to be representing The First Tee of the Triangle at the Champions Challenge. I look forward to meeting and playing with other First Tee participants from around the country.”

 

The First Tee Roanoke Valley

Grace Huffman

15 years old

Sophomore, Rockbridge County High

She has been playing golf since she was six years old, and has been a participant in the First Tee since she was 11.  A two-year starter on the RCHS golf team, Grace participated in the Virginia State Girls High School Golf Championship as a freshman and was named to the All-District and All-Conference Teams during her sophomore year.  In 2015 she qualified for the Regional Drive, Chip and Putt competition at the Congressional Country Club.  Grace has had top finishes in tournaments in the Roanoke Valley Junior Golf Association, the Virginia State Golf Association, the College Prep Tour, and the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Tour.  In addition to golf, Grace is active in various clubs in school such as Interact and Young Life, and plays on the RCHS girl’s lacrosse team.  In her spare time Grace enjoys spending time with her friends, two dogs and a cat, and playing golf against her older brother, Cole.

“I am really excited to have been chosen by The First Tee of Roanoke Valley to attend ACE Group Classic in Naples.  Not only is it exciting to play with the Champions Tour players, but I also get to play with my best friend and teammate Katherine Bowles.  Naples, Florida is a beautiful place and much warmer than Lexington, Virginia in February!”

Katherine Bowles

17 year old

Senior, Rockbridge County High School

She has played on the high school varsity co-ed golf team since her freshman year, received the Coach’s Award in 2014, and was a co-captain of the team this past season.  She joined The First Tee in 2008 and is currently working on completing her Eagle Level Certification. She represented The First Tee of Roanoke Valley in the First Tee Scramble at the Greenbrier Classic this past summer.  Being able to travel to Naples to be a participant in the First Tee Champions Challenge is a great honor for her.  Katherine said, “The First Tee has given me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise had and helped me realize how much I love the game of golf.”  She is extremely proud to be a part of the program as well as represent The First Tee of Roanoke Valley in Naples.

Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

Challenge grows to nine chapters including the First Tee of Naples/Collier

NAPLES, Fla. – The ACE Group Classic seeks to engage young golfers by inviting several First Tee Chapters from throughout the country to participate in a three-day golf competition at the TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla. during the ACE Group Classic, February 9 – 14, 2016. On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Convention and Visitors Bureau, 18 First Tee participants (two participants from nine different chapters) have been invited to participate in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“We are excited to expand the First Tee Champions Challenge in its second year to nine teams, representing the nine core values of The First Tee,” said Tournament Director Matt Hilliker. “With the help of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, we hope to continue growing the game of golf and instill the First Tee’s core values in youth across America and right here in the Naples community.”

The nine Chapters participating in the Challenge will be traveling from across the country from the following markets: The First Tee of Naples/Collier, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, The First Tee of Pittsburgh, The First Tee of the Triangle, The First Tee of Chicago, The First Tee of West Michigan, The First Tee of Greater New York and The First Tee of Roanoke Valley.

Teams will play nine holes each of the three days with a different format every day. On Friday, the groups will play in a scramble, followed by a modified alternate shot on Saturday, and finishing out the weekend playing a better ball format on Sunday. Total score upon completion of all three formats will determine our winners at this year’s First Tee Champions Challenge.

“We are very excited to once again sponsor the First Tee Champions Challenge as part of the ACE Group Classic. These young golfers are the future of the game of golf in the US and their skills and dedication to the game are a real inspiration to golfers of all ages,” Jack Wert, Executive Director, Marco Island, Everglades CVB.  “We heard wonderful comments from last year’s participants about the great tips and friendship they received from the pros met and played with. We wish all the First Tee participants great success in this year’s event.”

In 2015, Wade Schaller and Hanna Brauburger both 18, of Bentonville, Ark. representing First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, won a four-hole tournament to play Wednesday’s ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am.

The ACE Group Classic will be hosted at TwinEagles Golf Club on February 9-15. This PGA TOUR Champions event has been held since 1988, and will feature 81 of the world’s best players battling for a $1.6 million purse.

 

For more information on tickets and events please visit www.theacegroupclassic.com or call the Tournament Office at 239.593.3900.

2016 Participants Announced for the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

FIRST TEE - Website

The Chubb Classic seeks to engage young golfers by inviting several First Tee Chapters from throughout the country to participate in a three-day golf competition at the TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla. during the Chubb Classic, February 9 – 14, 2016. On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Convention and Visitors Bureau, 18 First Tee participants (two participants from nine different chapters) have been invited to participate in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

Teams will play nine holes each of the three days with a different format every day. On Friday, the groups will play in a scramble, followed by a modified alternate shot on Saturday, and finishing out the weekend playing a better ball format on Sunday. Total score upon completion of all three formats will determine our winners at this year’s First Tee Champions Challenge.

Below are the 2016 participate in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge. Each of the players biography was written and submitted by themselves to give the Naples community insight on their love for the game of golf.

 

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Kelly NewbroughKelly Newbrough

16 years old

Junior, Barron Collier High School

BIO: Kelly Newbrough began playing golf at the age of 6.   She joined The First Tee of Naples/Collier at the ager of 7. Over the years, Kelly has completed the first four levels of The First Tee and is currently at the ACE Level.  She attended The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in San Diego in the summer of 2014 as well as represented The First Tee at the Florida State Team Championship over the past 3 years and played in the CME Pro-Am this past fall.   Because of The First Tee Kelly has participated in many volunteer opportunities, made lifelong friendships while learning positive life lessons along the way.  During her elementary and middle school years she competed for her school golf team through The First Tee.  For her high school golf team Kelly was the first freshman to win the conference, won regionals as a sopho9more and has been a part of a record breaking high school team.  Kelly has been playing in tournament golf since the age of 10.  Kelly’s future goals include continuing her golf career in college.

Peter GeorgePeter George

16 years old

Junior, Gulf Coast High School

BIO: I have been playing golf ever since I can remember, then a few years before that. It has been an intregral part of my life with not only the countless hours I have put in after school but also the lessons I have learned along the way.  I started playing competitively through The First Tee in third grade and ever since then I have been playing in more and more events.  Persevering has led me to win several tournaments and this past year my high school team was a contender at the state golf tournament.  I learned about the 9 Core Values through The First Tee which has helped me in all aspects of my life, on the golf course and off.  During my years participating in The First Tee, I have met some of my best friends and made many priceless memories.  The past summer I was selected to attend The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Blaine Minnesota.  Over the years I have also been selected to represent our chapter in the Florida State Junior Team Championship Tournament in Orlando.  Throughout all of this, The First Tee has been there to support me and lead me to opportunities I could only dream of.

 

The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia

Gabriella Anna MorgantiGabriella Anna Morganti  

18 years old                 

Senior, Academy of Notre Dame  

BIO:  I have been playing golf for as long as I can remember! I play for my club’s team as well as playing in events through the Philadelphia Junior Tour. I am also the captain of my high school golf team which has been undefeated for six years now.

Kyle SpauldingKyle Spaulding Jr.

17 years old      

Senior, Central High School

BIO: Before I joined the golf team at Central, I often went to the driving range and to Walnut Lane Golf Course on weekends with my dad since I was 5 years old. My golf career really began in my first month of high school. That is when I joined the First Tee and Central’s golf team as well. Freshman year I joined the team mid-season and we finished second in the Philadelphia Public league. After much practice over the summer and lessons from the First Tee, in my sophomore year I became the number 1 on my team and won the individual Public League title and we finished second again as a team. We also finished second for the third straight year in my junior year. In my senior season we finally overcame the hurdle and won the Public League championship for the first time since 2011. I also won the Public League individual title for the second time.

 

The First Tee of West Michigan

Andrew DeYoungAndrew DeYoung

18 years old

Senior, Kenowa Hills High School

BIO: Andrew began playing golf at a young age with his dad. After his father passed away at the age of 13, his mom enrolled him into The First Tee of West Michigan, with the hope of finding someone to help him navigate life. Andrew’s golf talent soon became evident to the staff at The First Tee.  In addition, his maturity and character developed significantly while in The First Tee. Andrew is currently the starting goalie on his high school’s varsity hockey team. He also serves as the team’s captain, and credits his leadership skills to his participation and experiences in The First Tee. Andrew works at a local country club, and plans to attend Ferris State University next fall for PGA Golf Management.

Dominic LucianiDominic Luciani

14 years old

Freshman, East Grand Rapids High School

BIO: Golf was just a hobby for Dominic until he was enrolled in The First Tee of West Michigan two and a half years ago. He credits The First Tee with the development of his leadership skills and the improvement of his golf game. This past summer Dominic worked as a caddie at a local country club and attended The First Tee’s Nancy Tennant Golf & Leadership Academy in Benton Harbor.  This spring, he will try out for his high school golf team.

 

The First Tee of Chicago

Trevor BrittonTrevor Britton

16 years old

Junior, Warren Township High School

BIO: I started playing golf when I was 8 years old. My dad introduced me to the game while at a driving range. He taught me all the basics of how to play the game. From there, I began practicing at home and on the golf course. My dad saw how quickly I caught on to the game and signed me up for the First Tee Program. Shortly after I joined, I was mentored by Darryl Stackhouse, Education Director/ PGA Professional, of the First Tee. He told me how talented I was and encourages me to continue to pursue golf. Because of that, I now play varsity golf for all 3 years at my high school.

Abdel RaoulAbdel Raoul

15 years old

Freshman, Mount Carmel High School

BIO: I have been playing golf for eight years and have been a member of the First Tee of Greater Chicago for about three years and currently at Eagle level. I am striving to reach the Ace level. I have played with the Bob-O-Links Junior Golf League for seven years and have been a participant in the Midwest Golf Association Junior tournaments for the past four years. I was on the PGA Junior league Chicago team for the summer and fall of 2014. I also play in Illinois Junior Golf Association tournaments in the summer.

This past summer, I participated in the First Tee of Benton Harbor Leadership Academy, where I was awarded the Leadership Award and Top Chef Award for my jerk chicken with mango chutney.

 

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Kendall VermilionKendall Vermilion

17 years old

Senior, Fayetteville High School

BIO: Kendall’s golf career, though very short, has grown quickly in its duration.  It all began when a friend introduced her to the sport in late winter of her sophomore year. Her father was able to teach her the fundamentals but soon she needed minute fixes that transferred her over to a swing coach.  This brought her to The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas. Here she was able to build friendships and work on her game, all while having fun and developing self-confidence. By the time tryouts for the high school team came around, Kendall was ready and made the team for her junior year. The subsequent year, she was deemed team captain and led her team to the State Championship where they fell short of advancing to the finals, but she and a teammate were able to advance as individuals. In the process of choosing the university she will attend to pursue her education in meteorology and atmospheric sciences, Kendall hopes to continue playing golf at the collegiate level.

Ethan Loafman

Ethan Loafman

14 years old

Freshman, Rogers High School

BIO: I enjoy golfing with my dad and my friends from the First Tee. I have been golfing ever since I was four years-old and have been participating in the First Tee activities for three years, one year in UT and two years here in NWA. In the two years in the NWA, I have earned my Birdie, Eagle, and Ace certification and am now working on my Ace certification. I was on the Rogers High School Golf Team last fall as the only freshmen. My golf career has been my top priority for the last two years and my goal is to earn a golf scholarship to a university.

I am honored to represent The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas at the 2016 First Tee Champions Challenge. This opportunity is a once in a life time experience. The First Tee is an amazing organization that allows me to learn more about the game of golf and improve my golf skills but more importantly it has taught me that the Nine Core Values can be used not only in golf but in my everyday life.

 

First Tee of Pittsburgh

Joseph AuthJoseph Auth

18 years old

Senior, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School

BIO: I began golfing around the age of 5 or 6 when I lived in Pensacola, Florida. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2004 and began playing in local tournaments a few years later. I haven’t won any tournaments though. I played on my high school’s JV team all of my freshman year and most of my sophomore year. I finished my sophomore year on varsity and played on the varsity for my junior and senior year. I would like to play golf in college but who knows if it will happen.

Ted RittsTeddy Ritts

15 years old

Sophomore, Woodland Hills High School

BIO: I am a Sophomore at Woodland Hills High School with a 3.9 GPA. I have been on the varsity golf team for two years and will be the team captain in my Junior year. I have been golfing with The First Tee of Pittsburgh since I was seven years old. I also enjoy coaching the younger golfers in The First Tee clinics. I strive to get better at golf every time I play. I play golf as much as I possibly can, to better my game and because golf is my passion.

 

The First Tee of the Triangle

Ashley KimAshley Kim 

16 years old

Junior, Durham Academy

BIO: Golf Career Bio: I started golf because of The First Tee when I did introductory classes at the age of 13 and advanced from Par to now Ace. The First Tee welcomed me with open arms and showed me how much fun the game of golf is. I developed the confidence to play on the Varsity Girls Golf Team in 8th Grade. Last year, I made the TISAC All-Conference Team and received NCISAA All-State. Now, I am a captain as a junior and have recently received TISAC Conference Player of the Year and NCISAA All-State again. Because of such a strong love for the game, I hope to play golf as I take on another stage of my life in college.

Clayson GoodClayson Good

13 years old

8th Grade, Githens Middle School

BIO: Clayson is a straight-A student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society at Githens Middle School in Durham, North Carolina. He enjoys many sports such as lacrosse, tennis, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and long-distance biking. His favorite sport though is golf. Clayson started playing golf at the age of two with a plastic set of clubs. He got his first set of real clubs a few years later and his love of golf grew. He started playing tournaments right away with the U.S. Kids organization and continues playing tournaments with multiple golf tours throughout North Carolina. He currently is an Ace level participant of The First Tee of the Triangle. He had his first junior coaching experience with The First Tee of the Triangle this fall assisting with the Little Linksters class. Clayson has also volunteered for the The First Tee of the Traingle at the SAS Championship, the Rex Hospital Open and A Night FORE Champions, which is the main fundraiser for the year. He uses the nine core values on and off the course and appreciates all that he has learned through The First Tee.

 

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

Grace HuffmanGrace Huffman

15 years old

Sophomore, Rockbridge County High

BIO: She has been playing golf since she was six years old, and has been a participant in the First Tee since she was 11.  A two-year starter on the RCHS golf team, Grace participated in the Virginia State Girls High School Golf Championship as a freshman and was named to the All-District and All-Conference Teams during her sophomore year.  In 2015 she qualified for the Regional Drive, Chip and Putt competition at the Congressional Country Club.  Grace has had top finishes in tournaments in the Roanoke Valley Junior Golf Association, the Virginia State Golf Association, the College Prep Tour, and the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Tour.  In addition to golf, Grace is active in various clubs in school such as Interact and Young Life, and plays on the RCHS girl’s lacrosse team.  In her spare time Grace enjoys spending time with her friends, two dogs and a cat, and playing golf against her older brother, Cole.

Katherine BowlesKathryn Bowles

17 years old

Senior, Rockbridge County High School

BIO: She has played on the high school varsity co-ed golf team since her freshman year, received the Coach’s Award in 2014, and was a co-captain of the team this past season.  She joined The First Tee in 2008 and is currently working on completing her Eagle Level Certification. She represented The First Tee of Roanoke Valley in the First Tee Scramble at the Greenbrier Classic this past summer.  Being able to travel to Naples to be a participant in the First Tee Champions Challenge is a great honor for her.  Katherine said, “The First Tee has given me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise had and helped me realize how much I love the game of golf.”  She is extremely proud to be a part of the program as well as represent The First Tee of Roanoke Valley in Naples.

 

The First Tee of Atlanta

NButlerNajae Butler

16 years old

Junior, Westlake High School

BIO: My name is Najae Butler and I began playing golf at the age of 7.  It wasn’t until I was 12 when I began playing competitively with Atlanta Junior golf and 15 with The Hurricane Junior Tour. This past summer is when I officially had my first win in major tournaments with Atlanta junior. And once I won the first one, I won the rest of my 5 tournaments and placing 10th in the Grand Championship. Those wins led me to an invitational tournament at Peachtree golf Club where I shot my lowest round of 73. But that only prepared me for the best experience of a lifetime; The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach! My confidence in my ability to play golf was higher than usual helping me realize what I truly want to do with my career. I want to play collegiate golf while majoring in Communications and minoring in journalism to prepare me for sports commentating. I love to be around sports, talk about sports and best of all play sports. So I would like to be a sports commentator after college, but that decision came about with this “game” called Golf.

DAyalaDario Ayala

17 years old

Senior, Alpharetta High School

BIO: Dario is an Ace level participant with The First Tee of Atlanta, where he has been a member since 2010. Dario has had an extensive experience participating in various The First Tee events. He was attended the 2015 Outstanding Participant Summit, where he honed his training to be a leader in his community. Dario has also been able to attend the 2013 Sage Valley Classic as well as the 2014 PLAYer’s Academy. Last year, he was selected to play in the inaugural Par 3 Challenge, and after 2 rounds, walked away the boys winner of the tournament! Dario capped off a great 2015 by being accepted to The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach! He currently weighing his options to play collegiate golf.

 

DAILY PHOTOS 

Round 1 – Friday, February 12

Round 2 – Saturday, February 13

Final Round – Sunday, February 14