The First Tee of Greater Wilmington Teen Selected to Compete in PGA TOUR Champions PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee
Grace Holcomb heads to Pebble Beach this SeptemberWilmington, NC (July 3, 2019) – First Tee and PGA TOUR Champions announced today Grace Holcomb will represent the First Tee of Greater Wilmington when she competes in the 2019 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 24-29. The 16th annual event, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel. The PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee is the only event of its kind where 78 First Tee teenagers from across the country are paired up with 78 PGA TOUR Champions players and 156 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Holcomb will compete for the Pro-Junior Team title. She will join 77 other participants from First Tee chapters across the country. Participants were selected by a national panel of judges based on their understanding and application of the values and life skills learned through First Tee’s programs, as well as their playing ability. The full junior field was revealed live on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” today, including a video of World Golf Hall of Fame Member Jack Nicklaus surprising one of the First Tee participants. Other surprises by PGA TOUR players and Golf Channel hosts had been recorded over the last month and aired today as part of the PURE Insurance Championship announcement. This year’s field of professionals will include World Golf Hall of Fame Members Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen, as well as defending champion and recent KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship winner Ken Tanigawa. Clint Eastwood serves as chairman of the PURE Insurance Championship. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, with the final round contested solely at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, where 23 First Tee juniors will compete based on their 36-hole performance. The tournament will crown one male and one female First Tee Junior Champion on Sunday. “We are proud to continue our involvement with this prestigious event and help support the great work of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and First Tee,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “The impact this event has on the incredible young men and women from the First Tee makes this sponsorship tremendously rewarding for our entire team.” Grace Holcomb is a rising junior at EA Laney High School in Wilmington, NC. She has been a member of the golf team her freshman and sophomore years. She has been a participant of The First Tee of Greater Wilmington since it’s beginning in 2012. She plays a great deal of competitive golf on the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour among others. She is a National Beta Club member, volunteers in the community, and also plays the violin. “We are so excited for Grace to be the first The First Tee of Greater Wilmington participant to be chosen to participate in the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach! She has worked so hard on her game and is a great example of Perseverance, and that hard work really does pay off. This has been a goal of hers, and we are so excited to see it come to reality.” Craig Sandstrum, Director of Programming, The First Tee of Greater Wilmington. Grace said about her opportunity,
I’ve been dreaming about this opportunity since I was about six years old and I can’t believe this is finally happening. It’s just now sinking in. Not a lot of people get this opportunity and The First Tee has given me that.
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