Richmond, VA (June 24, 2016) –The First Tee’s National Par-3 Championship began Friday, June 24th. 32 participants of The First Tee from around the country completed 18-hole of individual stroke play at The Kanawha Club, a private 9-hole Par-3 Course in Manakin-Sabot, VA. The participants will play an additional 18-holes, tomorrow, Saturday, June 25th, to denote The First Tee’s National Par-3 Champions from both girls and boys divisions for 2016
The leaders after the first round are:
Boys: Owen Avrit (Central Coast) Presley Mackelburg (Northern Nevada) at +5 (59)
“The course conditions were fair and [The Kanawha Club] made the greens fast with the given hole locations making it a lot tougher to get the ball close to the hole, Mackelburg, +5 (T1) noted. “The biggest challenge was keeping the green speed and being aggressive with your putts.”
“The course can challenge each golfer in every aspect of the game,” Avrit, +5 (T1) said. “The toughest part was figuring out the speeds of the greens. I’m looking forward to having the chance to take the title and I’m very excited to come out here for one more round tomorrow.”
The girls leaders after the first round are:
Madalyn Ardueser (Greater Portland) +3 (57) and Belle Tan (Dallas) +6 (60)
“It was a lot of fun and I got to play with some great friends,” Ardueser, +3 said. “The biggest challenge was the greens which made it tough to play but I enjoy a challenge in my golf game.”
“I feel like I have a good read on the green,” Tan, +6 recalls. “I hit it really well on the first nine. I really struggled in my putting on the back nine. If I zone in on my putting, I feel like I will do even better tomorrow.”
About The First Tee National Par-3 Championship
The First Tee’s National Par-3 Championship is a national opportunity for network participants. To qualify, youth ages 14-17 must go through a thorough application process; girls must have a handicap of 10 or better and boys must have a handicap of 8 or better to be accepted into the event. The playing field is made up of 16 boys and 16 girls representing 26 chapters of The First Tee from 16 different states. Because this is a national opportunity produced by The First Tee, Life Skills and healthy habits are incorporated into daily activities—the overall theme being “the responsibilities of leadership.” On Friday, June 24th, the participants will compete in an individual stroke play competition on an exclusive Par-3 course, The Kanawha Club in Manakin-Sabot, VA. One boy and one girl will be named The First Tee National Par-3 Champion after 36 total holes of individual stroke play, Saturday, June 25th. The University of Richmond will house participants from Wednesday through Sunday.
About The First Tee
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.
In 2015, The First Tee of Greater Richmond reached over 22,000 youth through The First Tee Life Skills Experience, collaborative community partnerships, and The First Tee National School Program. At three programming locations, the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range, The Chesterfield Golf Course, and Independence Golf Club, the chapter provides spring, summer, and fall programs, as well as summer camps and a spring break camp. During programs and camps, head coaches and volunteer coaches positively develop young people with a supportive environment.