Tournament to Air Internationally on Golf Channel this September

 The First Tee of Delaware is sending Haley Quickel and Christina Carroll 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.  Carroll and Quickel will be competing for the pro-junior title.  They will join 79 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 First Tee of Delaware is one of 150 chapters around the country and world introducing the sport of golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values to children, positively impacting their lives. Serving Delaware since 2005, more than 150,000 children have been impacted through chapter programs, including The First Tee National School Program, which is in 21 Delaware and Worcester and Cecil Counties, MD elementary schools, and The First Tee DRIVE, which is in 6 youth centers.  The organization is engaging our next generation, growing and diversifying the sport and positively impacting millions of children along the way through The First Tee Nine Core Values™: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

“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 weeks.

Haley will be a junior at Padua Academy and has been participating in The First Tee of Delaware since she was 7 years old, starting competitive golf at age 8. In her early junior years she competed in the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic, The Philadelphia Junior Tour, and the US Kids Golf World Championships.  In high school, Haley has participated in events on the AJGA tour and the Peggy Kirk Bell tour, where she recently won with a final round of 68.  She also qualified for the DIAA State Tournament in her freshman and sophomore years, placing 3rd as a sophomore.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity because Pebble Beach is one of the most renowned golf courses in the world.  While playing at beautiful Pebble Beach, playing in the tournament with a professional senior golfer can teach me so much about the game of golf that I will not be able to learn anywhere else. Christina and I have been friends for a long time and I am so excited that we are able to share this amazing experience.”

Christina will be a junior at William Penn High School and has been a participant in The First Tee of Delaware programs since she was 10 years old.  She has been the #1 player on the William Penn golf team since her freshman year, and this year, she placed 2nd at the Delaware Women’s Golf Association amateur championship.  She also finished this year as the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Girls Division (ages 16-18) Player of the Year, earning her the right to play as one of 12 honored Philadelphia Section PGA juniors in the Jon M. Pritsch Cup.  Christina has achieved distinguished rankings in the JGA New Jersey Section Girls Tour (#1), Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Girls Division (#4), and the JGA Tour Girls (#8).  Besides these achievements, however, one of her greatest joys is volunteering and giving back, including assistance with The First Tee of Delaware programs.

“It’s a dream come true. Becoming a participant in the Pure Championship means the world to me, and demonstrates that you can work hard toward achieving better things, whether that is community service, starting funding programs, or getting other people involved in helping others. Some of the volunteering that I do is helping my chapter with younger First Tee classes. I enjoy making other teens aware of the importance of volunteering, and of becoming involved in the First Tee.”

In this 15th tournament year, more than 870 children 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.