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This One’s For the Girls: “My hopes are to inspire other girls through The First Tee”

Cameryn Smith was selected to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Cameryn Smith at the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Cameryn Smith, an outstanding young leader and junior golfer from The First Tee of Brunswick County, has a passion for girls golf.

After attending The First Tee Outstanding Participant & Leadership Summit in 2013, she applied the leadership and presentation skills she learned to help build up her chapter’s Girls Golf program.

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Michelle Xie: A Fun Twist on Auntie Anne’s and The First Tee

The First TeeMichelle Xie 5_head shot and Auntie Anne’s partnered to create the Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum that took place in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

During the three-day forum, participants attend interactive sessions covering career and community leadership led by Auntie Anne’s executives and franchise partners.

Michelle Xie, a participant of The First Tee of Silicon Valley (as well as the winner of the 2013 Pro-Junior Title with Champions Tour’s Kirk Triplett at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach), was one of 50 teens selected to attend the event. She served as The First Tee’s guest blogger from the event–read more about her first-hand account on this exciting opportunity!

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The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is More Than Just a Game—It’s a Game-Changer

 ~ From Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. at the 7th hole on Pebble Beach Golf Links

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. takes a #SelfieOn7 at Pebble Beach

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is one of the most exciting events for The First Tee and eighty-one of our participants. Entering its 11th year, this tournament has given more than 550 young people from more than 165 chapters the opportunity to compete side-by-side with Champions Tour players at one of the world’s most renowned golf courses.

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Insider’s Perspective: Playing with a Ryder Cup alum at the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge

Participants in the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge (L to R):  Mable Wong; Sarah Harrison; Jason Liu; Jon Paul Ray; Patrick Abadilla; Ariana Saenz

Participants in the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge (L to R): Mable Wong; Sarah Harrison; Jason Liu; Jon Paul Ray; Patrick Abadilla; Ariana Saenz

Six lucky participants from six different chapters of The First Tee were paired with six Champions Tour players, all with prior Ryder Cup experience, for the 2014 Coca-Cola Champions Challenge. Played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, this five-hole, modified scotch format charity competition has a purse of $40,000 which is donated to the player’s designated chapter of The First Tee. Read below for participant Jason Liu’s inside experience!

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The Envelope, Please…Pairings Announced!

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Cameryn Smith

The moment all of The First Tee junior golfers have been waiting for: finding out which Champions Tour professional they will join in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Cameryn Smith from The First Tee of Brunswick County, shares her story from the tournament Pairings Party.

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Daniel Dahlinger Gives the Inside Scoop on the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Daniel with his father at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Daniel with his father at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

By Daniel Dahlinger
Participant, The First Tee of Fort Worth

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
The pinnacle for participants at The First Tee.

There are few times in life where I have found myself speechless (anyone that knows or has met me can enthusiastically attest to that), but I can’t count how many times I have been speechless in the past 24 hours.

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5 Ways to #GetOutThere at Pebble Beach

By Bethany Brown

Eighty-one participants of The First Tee will have the opportunity of a lifetime as they golf alongside Champions Tour professionals in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, all while enjoying the stunning nature of Pebble Beach, Calif.

In the days leading up to the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, these junior golfers will have the opportunity to explore the rich history and the natural atmosphere of the breathtaking Monterey Peninsula coastline.

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Golf Skills and Learning and Fun, Oh Wow!

driving practice_academyIt’s every junior golfer’s dream to spend a week of their summer in the beautiful San Diego, attending a golf academy and taking in the local sights!

This year, 96 teen golfers from 88 unique chapters across the network attended The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy--a competitive, prestigious national opportunity that teaches character education and leadership instruction through The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum delivered by The First Tee home office staff and chapter coaches from across the country.

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Participants Receive Surprise Announcement During Golf Channel Interview

Emily Valentine; Charlie Rymer, Cameron Fields

Emily Valentine; Charlie Rymer, Cameron Fields

Golf Channel, The First Tee’s proud media partner, helped surprise two participants of The First Tee with an exciting announcement…

Emily Valentine, a participant at The First Tee of the Palm Beaches, recounts her reaction upon hearing the news that she and fellow participant Cameron Fields had been selected to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

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Alumna of The First Tee Making Professional Debut

Ericka Schneider (2)Nearly seven years ago, Ericka Schneider had the opportunity of a lifetime. One of 81 junior golfers, Ericka earned her spot to play Pebble Beach in The First Tee Open, but her career in golf was just beginning. Continue reading “Alumna of The First Tee Making Professional Debut” »