Local Teen Selected to Play in Official PGA TOUR Champions Event

Gavin Gwaltney heads to Pebble Beach for PURE Insurance Championship this September

Charlotte, North Carolina (July 18, 2017) – The First Tee of Greater Charlotte is sending Gavin Gwaltney 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.”

Gwaltney will join 80 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.

Gwaltney is a rising junior at Charlotte Latin School where he plays on the varsity golf team. He has been a participant at The First Tee for six years and has had the opportunity to compete in local, regional, and national tournaments. Off the golf course, Gwaltney is a member of his school’s debate team and enjoys volunteering for Teen Court of Charlotte and The First Tee of Greater Charlotte.

“I doubt I could be more excited for this event. Participating in The Pure Insurance Championship has been a goal of mine ever since I joined The First Tee,” said Gwaltney.

“Being selected to The Pure Insurance Championship is a tremendous honor because it means that The First Tee considers me to be one of their most outstanding participants in the entire nation,” said Gwaltney.

The First Tee of Greater Charlotte is one of 155 chapters around the country and in select international locations. Serving the Charlotte area since 2003, more than 120,000 young people have been impacted through chapter programs and The First Tee National School Program, which is in 178 elementary schools. 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.

To learn more about The First Tee of Greater Charlotte, visit www.thefirstteegreatercharlotte.org. For more information on the 2017 PURE Insurance Championship, visit www.pureinsurancechampionship.com. For more information on Gwaltney, to request an interview or photos, please contact Heather Gwaltney, agwaltney@carolina.rr.com, 704-641-9095.

About The First Tee of Greater Charlotte

The First Tee of Greater Charlotte is one of many chapters in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations. The First Tee of Greater Charlotte’s 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.


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