The First Tee of Silicon Valley Teen Paired with Bernhard Langer in PGA TOUR Champions PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee

Categories: 2019, Press Release, September

San Jose, California (September 26, 2019)Ralph Kho will represent The First Tee of Silicon Valley when he competes in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, an official PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, September 24-29. The 16th annual event, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel. Kho will be paired with Bernhard Langer, who has 40 PGA TOUR Champions victories.

Kho is a long-time participant in The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s program. He has been dedicated to progressing through several class levels and generous by giving back to younger participants as a Junior Coach. Kho is truly a fine young man with a very bright future. He is a senior at Junipero Serra High School beginning this fall.

Kho’s selection for the event is very timely given his pioneering, class history at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course which is now Baylands Golf Links. He was one of The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s first participants there as the chapter expanded its classes to the mid-peninsula. The First Tee of Silicon Valley is endeavoring to make an investment to the facility in the form of a learning center and improvements to the range and practice areas.

“Ralph should be extremely proud (and excited!) not only by his selection to play in this tournament, but also by his dedication to The First Tee of Silicon Valley. I cannot think of a more deserving participant to represent our chapter,” said George Maxe, President and CEO of The First Tee of Silicon Valley.

The PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee is the only event of its kind where 78 First Tee teenagers from across the country are paired up with 78 PGA TOUR Champions players and 156 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Kho will compete for the Pro-Junior Team title. He will join 77 other participants from First Tee chapters across the country. Participants were selected by a national panel of judges based on their understanding and application of the values and life skills learned through First Tee’s programs, as well as their playing ability.

“We are proud to continue our involvement with this prestigious event and help support the great work of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and The First Tee,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “The impact this event has on the incredible young men and women from the First Tee makes this sponsorship tremendously rewarding for our entire team.”

The full junior field was revealed live on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” on July 3, including a video of World Golf Hall of Fame Member Jack Nicklaus surprising one of the First Tee participants. Other surprises by PGA TOUR players and Golf Channel hosts had been recorded over the last month and aired today as part of the PURE Insurance Championship announcement.

This year’s field of professionals will include World Golf Hall of Fame Members Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen, as well as defending champion and recent KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship winner Ken Tanigawa. Clint Eastwood serves as chairman of the PURE Insurance Championship.

Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, with the final round contested solely at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, where 23 First Tee juniors will compete based on their 36-hole performance. The tournament will crown one male and one female First Tee Junior Champion on Sunday. Nearly 1,000 teens from First Tee have played in the PURE Insurance Championship, experiencing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet, play and be mentored by PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field.

First Tee is a youth development organization dedicated to helping young people build character through the game of golf. The First Tee of Silicon Valley is one of 150 chapters around the world introducing the sport of golf and First Tee’s Core Values to kids, positively impacting their lives. Serving the greater Silicon Valley community since 2005, more than 78,000 kids have been impacted through The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s programs.

To learn more about The First Tee of Silicon Valley, visit www.thefirstteesiliconvalley.org. For more information on the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship, visit www.pureinsurancechampionship.com. For more information on Ralph Kho, to request an interview or photos, contact George Maxe – george@tftsv.org or 408-288-2937. 

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About The First Tee of Silicon Valley

The First Tee of Silicon Valley develops the character of youth throughout Silicon Valley, transforming their lives and giving them a brighter future. We have positively changed the lives of more than 78,000 youth through our on-course and school programs since 2005. We serve all youth with 98% diversity and 45% girls by offering affordable access and financial assistance. Program location include Rancho del Pueblo (San Jose), Gavilan College (Gilroy), and Baylands Golf Links (Palo Alto).