Abraham Bell Selected to Play in 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach | People

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Abraham Bell Selected to Play in 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

The First Tee of St. Johns County Participant Abraham Bell was selected as one of seventy participants representing 47 chapters of The First Tee to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be conducted July 8-10 and televised nationally on Golf Channel.

Bell, a rising sophmore at Nease High School and member of the varsity golf team, was selected through a process that evaluates participants' playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee.  More than 250 applications were submitted. Of the 70 selected to play, 47 are junior boys and 23 are junior girls.

Overall, 78 Champions Tour players will be teamed with 78 juniors and 156 amateurs as they compete for the title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course.

Champions Tour players scheduled to play include World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, along with past champions of this unique event, Craig Stadler, Scott Simpson and Jeff Sluman, who captured the title in 2008 and 2009. Chip Beck, John Cook and fan-favorite Fuzzy Zoeller have also committed.

Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event and Arnold Palmer is honorary co-chair.  Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and on Pebble Beach only on Sunday. 

"We are really excited to have Abraham represent The First Tee of St. Johns County in this year's Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach" said Tom Lawrence, Executive Director of The First Tee of St. Johns County.  "Abraham is the model participant of The First Tee Program, not only by representing The First Tee's Nine Core Values, but volunteering his time at the chapter to help others as well."

Leading up to and during the event, participants-many of whom are playing Pebble Beach for the first time-will blog about their experiences. To learn more about the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, visit www.thefirstteeopen.com.  To learn more about The First Tee, visit www.thefirsttee.org.

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