SALINA, Kan. — Parker Renz and Parker Norton, longtime friends and members of The First Tee of Salina, finally received the news they were waiting for Wednesday morning. For the first time in the chapter’s history, two members will attend the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee at famed Pebble Beach in the same year.
The First Tee will be part of an official PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, Sept. 24-30. The tournament, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised on Golf Channel Sept. 28-30.
“I knew there would be a lot of participants applying to go to Pebble Beach, and to see my name called on TV was a dream come true,” Renz said. “I can’t wait to go to Pebble Beach, especially with one of my good pals, Parker Norton. We’ll have a good time.”
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. Renz and Norton 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.
Renz and Norton are the eighth and ninth representatives from The First Tee of Salina to participate in the national event since its inception in 2004. That list includes Jake Huffaker (2017), Cole Elmore (2016) and Grant Herrenbruck (2015).
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 months.
In this 15th tournament year, more than 870 kids 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.
The First Tee of Salina is one of 150 chapters around the country and world introducing the sport of golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values to kids, positively impacting their lives. The organization is engaging the next generation of fans, growing and diversifying the sport and positively impacting millions of kids along the way through The First Tee Nine Core Values™: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.