Meet OUR participants going to the
2017 PURE insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee!
Edward Anaya, Jackielou Caniete, and Skye Mingming head to Pebble Beach for PURE Insurance Championship this September!
The First Tee of Contra Costa is sending THREE participants to compete in the 2017 PURE Insurance Championship, an official PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif., the week of September 19-24, 2017. The tournament, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel.
After the 2016 tournament, the PGA TOUR and Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE) Insurance announced an agreement making the policyholder-owned property & casualty insurer for high net worth families the title sponsor of the longstanding event, which dates back to 2004.
“We have been anticipating this day since PURE was announced as title sponsor of this prestigious event,” said Ross Buchmueller, President & CEO of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “This tournament has the ability to impact the lives of youth throughout The First Tee, and we are thrilled to serve an integral part in the PGA TOUR’s mission of creating a strong community footprint while also helping to grow this great game.”
Anaya, Caniete, and Mingming will join 78 other participants from The First Tee chapters, selected by a national panel of judges. Participants were selected based on playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee. The juniors will be teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills. As of June 28, players currently committed to compete in the PURE Insurance Championship include World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie, as well as three-time tournament winner Jeff Sluman and defending champion Paul Broadhurst. Players have until Friday, September 8 to commit, with additional commitments to be announced in the coming months.
Edward Anaya “The First Tee has been my second family and everybody from the coaches to the participants have taught me so much that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. Furthermore, I want to express my gratitude for being selected to The First Open and I look forward to the great experiences. The First Tee is not just about golf; it will give you a set of values to live by. If it were not for The First Tee I would not be playing the game that now means so much to me, golf.” Edward will be a senior next year at Campolindo High School, and has participated with The First Tee of Contra Costa since he was age 7. The impact the program has made on him is extensive and shows in his daily life. He is active in The First Tee Junior Council, helps coach, and at our many events around the community.
Jackielou “Jackie” Caniete “The First Tee has helped me become the golfer I am today in many ways. It has helped me become more outgoing, and also let me learn about golf in a more fun way. Not only that but also the Nine Core Values that The First Tee has. With the Nine Core Values in mind, it helps me manage my course management when I am out and playing on the course.” Jackie will be a junior this year at Deer Valley High School. She is active on The First Tee Junior Council with meetings and community events. Jackie likes helping the younger participants and being a good role model for them on the course.
Genevieve “Skye” Mingming “The First Tee of Contra Costa has provided me opportunities to experience “once in a lifetime” events. Through the years, The First Tee of Contra Costa has helped me with my golf game and taught me important life skills. One important lesson I learned is that setting goals with confidence can help me shape my future. I am very thankful for all the support The First Tee of Contra Costa has given me. Skye will be a Jr. this year attending Northgate High School. Her grandfather was the one who saw the potential for her in golf, so at the age of six put her in The First Tee. Skye is active in The First Tee Junior Council, and helps coach classes.
As a chapter we are extremely proud and honored to have three young people attend the 2017 PURE Insurance Championship. This shows us, as coaches and mentors that our youth are taking in what we teach, and using it to succeed in all areas of their lives, not just golf. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these three young people. The 81 representatives of The First Tee junior field have an average handicap of 3.3 and on average has been playing golf for more than 6 years.
The First Tee teaches goal setting. The PURE Insurance Championship is a goal that many participants across the chapter network now set and establish a “goal ladder” to reach. This event provides a perfect situation for development of this life skill (goal setting), and requires participants use many of the Nine Core Values in their efforts to reach it.
What does being selected to play at the 2017 Pure Insurance Championship mean to you?
Edward: Being selected to the First Tee open truly means a lot to me. Ever since I was a kid The First Tee open has been a long term goal and it’s an amazing feeling now that I accomplished it. The First Tee open is the peak of my First Tee career and I am honored to be able to participate in this event. Growing up in The First Tee I witnessed my own mentors play in The First Open and I was the one looking up to them, now I am going to play in the First Tee open where there are kids looking up to me. I want to be a role model for the kids back in my home chapter and encourage the next generation of First Tee participants.
Jackie: I am truly thankful that I am able to get this opportunity to play with the pro golfers. While having a chance to play with the pro golfers I am able to learn from them and also able to get some advice and/or tips.
Skye: Being accepted to play in the Pure Insurance Championship to represent The First Tee of Contra Costa is a dream come true. The day the participant list was announced, I woke up at 4 in the morning to watch The Morning Drive on the Golf Channel. About an hour into the show, I saw my name appear on TV and jumped on my bed with excitement. I had to hold back screaming as it was still very early in the morning. I then ran to my parents’ room to wake them up and told them I’m playing at Pebble Beach.
The First Tee of Contra Costa is one of 155 chapters around the country and in select international locations. Serving the Contra Costa County and Vallejo community since 2004, more than 11,000 young people have been impacted through chapter programs. The golf-based programs are focused on building character through The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.