The First Tee of Greater Kansas City is sending Colby Unruh 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. Unruh 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.
Colby will be a senior at Christ Preparatory Academy, and has been extremely involved in The First Tee of Greater Kansas City. Colby has recently reached ACE level status, and is constantly striving to improve his game. Unruh also spends time volunteering for The First Tee of Greater Kansas City as a standard bearer during The Watson Challenge. Colby is thrilled to see his hard work throughout the offseason paying off today. The First Tee of Greater Kansas City is pleased to have Colby as a representative in this prestigious event.
Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Kansas City, Brigette Chirpich has said, “I am so proud of Colby. He made the Pure Championship his goal, part of his goal ladder, and worked hard to improve his skills so he could be eligible for this prestigious field. I know he will represent Greater Kansas City well in September. Colby is a wonderful example of how our coaches mentor our kids to be good golfers and better people.”
Good luck Colby!