The First Tee of Silicon Valley is sending Palo Alto High junior Michelle Xie to compete in the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be held this weekend and televised internationally on the Golf Channel.
"I really appreciate the opportunity to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open and am really looking forward to the event!" said Xie. "The First Tee has taught me many important skills in both golf and life."
Xie will join 80 other participants from The First Tee chapters for the event, which is in its 10th year. She will be teamed a Champions Tour player and an amateur on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course on Friday and Saturday. The final round will be played on Pebble Beach on Sunday, where the Champions Tour winner will be crowned and the top 23 pro-junior teams will compete for their own championship.
Champions Tour players committed to play include World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Larry Nelson and Hale Irwin, who has the all-time winning record on the Champions Tour with 45 victories. Also several Champions Tour players in the hunt for the Charles Schwab Cup have committed, including David Frost and Duffy Waldorf.
Xie is on the first-year Paly girls' golf team and is a member of the Science Olympiad team. She also serves on the Palo Alto Youth Council -- a youth-run city council that promotes the voice of youth in the Palo Alto community. She has been playing tournament golf for over six years. Xie joined The First Tee of Silicon Valley as a participant in 2009 and in that time has completed 4 of the 5 levels.
"For the rest of the week, I'm just heading out to the range and playing a bit more than usual to make sure that everything is in place when I play (this) week," Xie said last week. "Even though I'm extremely excited right now, I'm hoping that when I play, I can stay calm and keep my head in the game."
Before Xie heads to Pebble Beach, she and her Paly teammates will host Homestead on Tuesday and Los Gatos on Thursday in SCVAL dual matches.
The First Tee of Silicon Valley is one of 188 chapters around the country and in select international locations. Serving the Silicon Valley area, from Palo Alto to Gilroy, since 1997, more than 20,000 young people have been served through chapter programs and The First Tee National School Program, which is in 22 Silicon Valley elementary schools.