Unique Event Pairs World Golf Legends & Junior Partners, Sept. 28-30 to Pebble Beach
Monterey, CA Sept. 12, 2018 – An international field of major champions and Ryder Cup heroes team up with junior golfers from around the country for the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, an official PGA TOUR Champions event returning to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Sept. 24-30.
“This always is a special week of golf for the PGA TOUR Champions players who love coming back to Pebble Beach, and for The First Tee participants , who mostly are coming to Pebble Beach for the first time,” said Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which founded the tournament and has hosted it since 2004. “The excitement and the camaraderie lead to great competition, and many lasting friendships formed throughout the week.”
Led by defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany the lineup of golf legends includes 22 major champions and 21 members of Ryder Cup teams, including 15 from the USA, who might be keeping an eye on the 2018 Ryder Cup being played on the same three days in France.
While Langer’s Hall of Fame career includes 12 majors and 10 Ryder Cup appearances for Team Europe, the PURE Insurance Championship also will have 14-time major champion Tom Watson, who played on four USA Ryder Cup teams; Hale Irwin, with 10 majors and five U.S. Ryder Cup teams; and Mark O’Meara, with three majors and five U.S. Ryder Cup teams. European stars include Colin Montgomery of Scotland, with three majors and eight Ryder Cup teams, as well as five-time Ryder Cup competitors Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and Sandy Lyle of Scotland.
Along with the leading players on the PGA TOUR Champions this year – including Scott McCarron, Jerry Kelly, Vijay Singh and Joe Durant – the tournament features a pop-up yoga class Friday at 9 a.m. hosted by Pure Barre along the water’s edge, along with the popular Berry & Bubble Bar (champagne, local berries and more at 17th green area), Chevron STEM Zone (1,500 local student will visit during the week), Caliburn International Patriots Deck (50 percent off food and beverage for current and past military at 17th tee area).
Competition warms up Thursday with the $100,000 Chevron Shoot-out for STEM Scholars, featuring six teams comprised of a tour pro and junior golfer competing for college scholarshps. The five-hole showdown begins at 3 p.m. on the first tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links, continuing on holes 2-3-17-18. Pop singer-songwriter Kelly James will perform at 18th green area following play.
The PURE Insurance Championship is the only event of its kind in which 81 boys and girls from The First Tee are teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. In this 15th tournament year, more than 1,100 girls and boys from The First Tee have played in the tournament.
Participants from The First Tee chapters, representing 22 states – including 17 players from Northern California – were selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and application of the Nine Core Values and life skills learned through their involvement with The First Tee’s programs: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.
Junior competitor “alumni” include numerous boys and girls who have gone on to pro golf tour careers, including Harold Varner, Scott Langley, Cameron Champ, and Paula Creamer.
All three rounds of competition in the PURE Insurance Championship will be televised on Golf Channel.
Complimentary general admission is presented by Mastercard. Tickets are required to attend during tournament play Friday – Sunday, Sept. 28-30. For more information on the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship, visit www.pureinsurancechampionship.com.
About Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that donates funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.
Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE) is a policyholder-owned insurer dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for responsible high net worth individuals and families. PURE provides best-in-class, customizable coverage throughout the U.S. for high-value homes, automobiles, jewelry, art, personal liability, watercraft and flood. Having grown by more than 40% every year since inception, today PURE insures more than 55,000 responsible, high net worth families. Inspired by some of the finest policyholder-owned companies in the world, PURE emphasizes alignment of interests and transparency. PURE’s low cost of capital, careful member selection, and proactive risk management all contribute to highly competitive rates. In return for a fee, PURE Risk Management, LLC acts as Attorney-in-Fact for PURE. For more information or to find a local broker, visit pureinsurance.com.
About The First Tee
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose 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. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United States. In 2016, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 5.3 million young people. The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.