Nature Valley First Tee Open

As everyone knows, the Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the best golf courses in the world hosting the most prestigious of tournaments including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and U.S. Open. While the U.S. Open is one of the most brutal and exacting tests in the game and the AT&T is the PGA tour’s annual celebrity fun fest, one of the most compelling and socially relevant professional events in the country is also played on the Peninsula.

The Nature Valley First Tee Open is a Champions Tour event, July 5 – 8, 2012, like any other, but what makes this tournament special is the 81 junior golfers aged 15-18 that make up the field. Alongside 162 amateur players, the juniors partner with their Champions Tour Pro in a team competition that concludes on the final day at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

What’s unique is that the junior players are all members of the national First Tee Program. This program, founded by the World Golf Federation, allows young people to learn and develop life-enhancing skills and values through golf and character education. The participants come from all walks of life, but most are kids that otherwise might not have been exposed to the game of golf. Through a series of local qualifiers, the junior players earn their way to the First Tee Open, but don’t let their age fool you, these kids have game.

If you love the game of golf, or simply good competition, some of the most recognizable professionals will be playing. Since it is a Champion’s Tour Event, the competitors will be much more accessible and the tournament is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to the game; especially since anyone under 18 is FREE! So check out one of the most interesting and inviting Champion’s Tour stops there is – you and the kids will have a ball!

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