Last month, Gilman student Charles Young II became the first Baltimore teen selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event.
Young was paired with Champions Tour professional Tom Byrum as he and 80 other juniors competed for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Here, Young reflects on his trip and shares some shots.
By Charles Young II
I had a very exciting week at The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. The scenery was amazing; TV does not give the beautiful essence of the golf course justice.
I met a lot of new people from across the country and I now have a lot of new connections. My pro and I were in the second to last group on Sunday. There was a lot of pressure because I wanted to perform to the best of my ability since the cameras were following us.
My pro and I finished ninth out of 81 Junior teams and my pro came in second place individually. We both fed off of each other’s energy as I also gained a few pointed for my game. Man, he was making everything in sight!
It was a very nice opportunity and since I was the first student chosen from the Baltimore chapter, I will definitely urge other First Tee students to apply for The First Tee Open next year.
Editor’s Note: According to PGATour.com, Young is also a black belt in Taekwondo, sings in a choir, and earned the nickname “Spiffy” for his animated and colorful style.