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Week of July 15th, 2019

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Power for Good scholarship winners honored at The John Deere Classic Staff
The First Tee 2019 John Deere Power for Good scholarship contest winners celebrated at a special lunch & learn during The John Deere Classic.

American Dream: How golf kept OKC native Rayshon Payton on course for success
By Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City native Rayshon Payton fell in love with golf when he got involved with First Tee of Metro OKC.

Around the Network

Stevenson’s Iniakov to compete in PURE Insurance Pro-Am
The Monterey Herald (Monterey, CA)
Stevenson junior Alexander Iniakov will represent the First Tee of Monterey County in the 16th annual PURE Insurance golf championships at Pebble Beach.

St. Joe’s Ryan Guzzo headed to Pebble Beach
WSJM Sports ( St. Joseph, MI)
The First Tee and PGA TOUR Champions announced on July 3rd that Ryan Guzzo of St. Joseph will represent the First Tee of Benton Harbor when he competes in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee.

Local Golfers headed to Pebble
WJAX (Jacksonville, FL)
Isabel Matos and Ryan Sauer are making waves in the golf world as they have qualified for the PURE Insurance Championship presented by The First Tee. 

Scholarship recipients encourage QC kids to use their imagination in light of JDC
By Marissa Sulek, WQAD (Rock Island, IL)
Monday morning, three young ladies from across the country arrived to take part in an event with students at the Spring Forward Learning Center at Ridgewood Elementary School.  These women are recipients of the First Tee John Deere Power for Good 2019 Scholarship.

Teeing it Up: New First Tee Learning Facility set for fall opening
By Phil Hicks, The Tyler Morning Telegraph 
In the fall, Tyler ISD students will get to enjoy a little tee time after school and perhaps even during PE.That’s the plan as a groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for The First Tee of Greater Tyler Learning Facility at Woldert Park.

The First Tee Greater Pasadena Coach Invited to Korea
Pasadena Now 
Kathy Cho, PGA and LPGA Class A Professional and senior coach for the girls’ golf program with The First Tee of Greater Pasadena, was recently invited by The First Tee home office to visit The First Tee Korea to train their coaches in delivering the First Tee curriculum.

Perseverance pays off in First Tee program for Piedra Vista’s Yost
By Steve Virgen, Albuquerque Journal
Yost shared his unique story as part of the First Tee program. He was one of nine selected to take part in a four-day golf academy hosted by World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Faldo next month at the Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Industry News

Commissioner reflects on Tour schedule, JDC field and impact of Q-C event
By Matt Cross, Quad-City Times 
As the first season of the revamped schedule hits the homestretch, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan has no qualms about how it has played out. “My barometer is how players and the fans respond. We’re setting records week in and week out with net proceeds to charity, seeing great galleries and great energy.”

Frittelli chills out, enjoys John Deere Classic win
By Cameron Morfit,
All week, players were melting in the heat. And all week, South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli wore his long compression sleeves, which he said cooled him off.