First Tee of Tulsa student Soulai Vang, a 15-year-old golfer from Oolagah, has been selected to participate in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Sept. 13-18. From the First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, Summer Marshall of Norman will be a contestant.
Each year select First Tee students are paired with a golfer from the PGA Tour Champions in a best-ball format for the Friday and Saturday rounds and also Sunday if they survive the cut. There is also a simultaneous pro-am involved with this event. The first two rounds are at Poppy Hills and Pebble Beach with the final round at Pebble Beach.
â€œSoulai is a great kid who has worked very hard on his game,â€ said Janice Gibson, executive director of the First Tee of Tulsa. â€œThis will be a great experience for him.â€
Eighty-one young men and women ages 14 to 18 representing all the First Tee chapters were selected by a national panel of judges that evaluated participantsâ€™ playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee.â€¨
â€œAt Nature Valley we have great admiration for the mission of The First Tee. The program has such a meaningful impact in the lives of young people by strengthening important values like responsibility, judgement and perseverance. The opportunity for these teenagers to be selected as a part of The First Tee has the power to transform lives,â€ said Carla VernÃ³n at General Mills. â€œThe teenagers selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open have worked hard to prepare for this opportunity, and we are immensely proud to welcome them to this yearâ€™s tournament.â€â€¨
The juniors will be teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Players committed to compete include two-time major championship winner John Daly, World Golf Hall of Fame member and 28-time PGA TOUR Champions winner Bernhard Langer, and defending champion Esteban Toledo.
Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event, with World Golf Hall of Fame member and Trustee of The First Tee Arnold Palmer serving as honorary co-chair. Play will be conducted on both Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, with the final round slated solely for Pebble Beach on Sunday.