Brayden Miles Selected for PGA TOUR Champions Event!

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The First Tee of The Inland Northwest teen selected to play in official PGA TOUR Champions event

 Brayden Miles heads to Pebble Beach for PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary

 Tournament To Air Internationally on Golf Channel this September

 Spokane, WA (July 11, 2018) – The First Tee of The Inland Northwest is sending Brayden Miles to compete in the 2018 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 24-30. The tournament, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel September 28-30.

The PURE Insurance Championship is the only event of its kind in which 81 junior golfers from The First Tee are teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Miles will be competing for the pro-junior title. He will join 80 other participants from The First Tee chapters, selected by a national panel of judges. The participants, which represent 22 states, were selected based on playing ability and application of the Nine Core Values and life skills learned through their involvement with The First Tee’s programs.

The junior field was announced this morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The show included surprises from PGA TOUR winner Jason Gore, Web.com Tour member Cameron Champ, Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais and Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer.

“We are proud to be a part of such a prestigious event that supports so many deserving young men and women from The First Tee throughout the country,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “They are what make this tournament so special, and it’s humbling to be a part of something that has such a profound impact on their lives both on and off the course.”

“We are proud of the junior golfers selected to play at this year’s PURE Insurance Championship,” said Keith Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee. “These 81 teens, and the event, embody The First Tee’s beliefs around the importance of fan engagement, diversity and inclusion and having a sense of civic responsibility that is expressed through our Nine Core Values.”

As of July 11, players committed to compete in the PURE Insurance Championship include defending champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer, as well as fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara and Sandy Lyle. Players have until Friday, September 21 to commit, with additional commitments to be announced in the coming months.

This opportunity comes to Brayden as he has participated in The First Tee of The Inland Northwest programs for the last seven (7) years. Brayden is a sophomore at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington, and along with playing for the Central Valley High golf team Brayden also competes in the Washington Junior Golf Association, Idaho Junior Golf Association, Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Association, and American Junior Golf Association.

“As the new Executive Director, I am so excited for Brayden to have this amazing opportunity. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work, and I know Brayden will be a great representative of our chapter and inspire our younger kids to keep setting goals and working hard to reach similar opportunities” said Todd Sturgis, Executive Director of The First Tee of The Inland Northwest.

When asked what his selection for the tournament means to him, Brayden said, “It is a real honor to be the first student selected from the Inland Northwest Chapter to represent the kids of The First Tee!”

In this 15th tournament year, more than 870 kids from The First Tee have played in the tournament while learning from PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field, all while showcasing The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and the leadership and life skills they have acquired.

The First Tee of The Inland Northwest is one of 150 chapters around the country and world introducing the sport of golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values to kids, positively impacting their lives. Serving the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas since 2010, more than 15,000 kids have been impacted through chapter programs and The First Tee National School Program, which is in 20 Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area elementary schools. The organization is engaging the next generation of fans, growing and diversifying the sport and positively impacting millions of kids along the way 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 The Inland Northwest, visit www.thefirstteeinlandnw.org.

For more information on the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship, visit www.pureinsurancechampionship.com. For more information on Brayden Miles, to request an interview or photos, please contact Todd Sturgis, todds@thefirstteeinlandnw.org, (509) 688-9892.

 About The First Tee of The Inland Northwest

The Inland Northwest Golf Foundation, a tax-exempt 501c(3) organization, is the parent of The First Tee of The Inland Northwest chapter based in Spokane, WA. In the Spring of 2011 we began implementing programs consistent with the mission and purpose of The First Tee.

Today, The First Tee of the Inland Northwest conducts operations and programs from four golf courses, The Creek at Qualchan, Deer Park Golf Course, Esmeralda Golf Course, and The Highlands Golf Course.

Classes are offered to young people from ages 7 to 17. The nominal fee for each session includes all instruction and use of the driving range, chipping and putting facilities during classes. Financial aid is available upon request. No child will be turned away from our programs due to inability to pay.

For more details about our facility and programs, please contact our offices at 509-688-9892 or e-mail us at info@thefirstteeinlandnw.org.

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