The First Tee of Silicon Valley has 4 teens selected to play in official PGA TOUR Champions event

Four participants head to Pebble Beach for PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Tournament To Air Internationally on Golf Channel this September

San Jose, Calif. (September 13, 2018) – The First Tee of Silicon Valley is sending Linette Jun, Calton Kong, Erica Lam & Kelly Yu to compete in the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, an official PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, September 24-30. The tournament, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel September 28-30.

The PURE Insurance Championship is the only event of its kind in which 81 junior golfers from The First Tee are teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Linette Jun, Calton Kong, Erica Lam, and Kelly Yu will be competing for the pro-junior title. They will join 77 other participants from The First Tee chapters, selected by a national panel of judges. The participants, which represent 22 states, were selected based on playing ability and application of the Nine Core Values and life skills learned through their involvement with The First Tee’s programs.

The junior field was announced this morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The show included surprises from PGA TOUR winner Jason Gore, Web.com Tour member Cameron Champ, Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais and Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer.

 “We are proud to be a part of such a prestigious event that supports so many deserving young men and women from The First Tee throughout the country,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “They are what make this tournament so special, and it’s humbling to be a part of something that has such a profound impact on their lives both on and off the course.”

 “We are proud of the junior golfers selected to play at this year’s PURE Insurance Championship,” said Keith Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee. “These 81 teens, and the event, embody The First Tee’s beliefs around the importance of fan engagement, diversity and inclusion and having a sense of civic responsibility that is expressed through our Nine Core Values.”

As of July 11, players committed to compete in the PURE Insurance Championship include defending champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer, as well as fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara and Sandy Lyle. Players have until Friday, September 21 to commit, with additional commitments to be announced in the coming months.

In this 15th tournament year, more than 870 kids from The First Tee have played in the tournament while learning from PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field, all while showcasing The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and the leadership and life skills they have acquired.

The First Tee of Silicon Valley development programs have positively shaped all four of its selected participants, who will represent themselves and the chapter well at the tournament.

  • Linette Jun is a Sophomore at Valley Christian High School in Cupertino.

  •  Calton Kong is a Junior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino.

  •  Erica Lam is a Junior at Leland High School in San Jose.

  •  Kelly Yu is a Sophomore at Castilleja School in Palo Alto.

“We are incredibly proud of Linette, Calton, Erica and Kelly on their selection to play in this year’s tournament. They are exceptionally fine young adults who have very bright futures,” said George Maxe, President & CEO of The First Tee of Silicon Valley.

The First Tee of Silicon Valley is one of 150 chapters around the country and world introducing the sport of golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values to kids, positively impacting their lives. Serving the Silicon Valley community since 2005, more than 60,000 kids have been impacted through chapter programs, The First Tee DRIVE Outreach Program, which is in 20 elementary schools and youth centers. The organization is engaging the next generation of fans, growing and diversifying the sport and positively impacting millions of kids along the way through The First Tee Nine Core Values™: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.


About The First Tee of Silicon Valley

The First Tee of Silicon Valley is a public charity 501(c)(3) that provides life skills education to youth at low cost through the game of golf. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Participants learn to appreciate diversity, resolve conflicts, build confidence and set goals for their future. Programs focus on The First Tee’s Nine Core Values – honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. The First Tee of Silicon Valley serves boys and girls from 2nd to 12th grade at locations in San Jose, South County, Moffett Field and Palo Alto. Its programs have reached over 60,000 young people since 2005 and are anticipated to impact the lives of 10,000 youth annually by the year 2020.

To learn more about The First Tee of Silicon Valley, visit www.thefirstteesiliconvalley.org.

To learn more about the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship, visit www.pureinsurancechampionship.com.