Headline: The First Tee of Massachusetts To Be Represented at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach For Second Straight Year
For Immediate Release: May 30, 2012
Norton, MA — The accoldates continue to stream in for participants of The First Tee of Massachusetts.
Ryan Consentino, a current senior at Norton High School and a member at MGA Links at Mamantapett for nearly seven years, has been selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in July.
This marks the second straight year that a participant of The First Tee of Massachusetts has been selected to play in this national event.
"We could not be prouder of Ryan for being selected to compete in this event," said Joe McCabe, the executive director of The First Tee of Massachusetts. "It is a feather in his cap and he is role model for our younger participants."
A total of 80 participants representing 50 chapters of The First Tee have been selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be held July 6-8 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.
Consentino, who just announced that he will attend Roger Williams University in the fall, was selected by a national panel of judges that evaluates participants' playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. More than 180 applications were submitted. Overall, 81 juniors, ages 15-18 will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course.
"The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is an opportunity of a lifetime for the young people in our program," says Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive of The First Tee. "Playing at world-renowned golf courses alongside Champions Tour players, the event provides our participants the chance to showcase not only their golfing abilities but also the core values developed through The First Tee's Life Skills Experience. We are very grateful for the generosity of Nature Valley."
Champions Tour players scheduled to play include World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite and Nick Price, along with past champions of this unique event. Jeff Sluman, who captured the title in 2008, 2009 and 2011 will be back to defend his title. Chip Beck, John Cook and fan-favorite Fuzzy Zoeller have also committed.
Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event and Arnold Palmer, a Trustee of The First Tee, is honorary co-chair. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and final round will be played on Pebble Beach on Sunday.