Gunn High seniors Jack Jaffe and Anna Zhou, both of whom represent The First Tee of Silicon Valley, were invited to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in September.
A total of 81 golfers aged 14 to 18, representing 56 chapters of The First Tee, were invited to play at the official Champions Tour event hosted by Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which will be held September 26-28 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.
Jaffe and Zhou were among those selected by a national panel of judges that evaluated participants' playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee.
"Nature Valley is proud to be associated with this event, and thrilled to see these juniors get the call of a lifetime," said Joe Ens, vice president of marketing at General Mills. "The First Tee is doing incredible work helping young people learn important life lessons like the Nine Core Values. We look forward to welcoming the full junior field at this year's tournament."
The juniors will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course.
Champions Tour players committed to play include two-time Nature Valley First Tee Open winner and defending champion Kirk Triplett, Charles Schwab Cup contenders Jay Haas and Kenny Perry and a number of World Golf Hall of Fame members.
"An invitation to this event is a goal many teenage participants at our chapters set, and it is exciting to see their hard work and perseverance rewarded," said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. "We appreciate our partner, Nature Valley, Champions Tour, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Golf Channel, and their commitment to the event which is a life-changing experience for the juniors."
The First Tee is a nonprofit youth development organization with programs centered on building character through Nine Core ValuesÂ™: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.
Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event and Arnold Palmer, World Golf Hall of Fame member and Trustee of The First Tee, is honorary co-chair.
The Nature Valley First Tee Open is one of 15 national opportunities provided by The First Tee home office to encourage and motivate young people as they progress through the program and toward high school graduation.
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 introduced the game of golf and its values to nine million young people in all 50 United States and select international locations.
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.