Morton Golf Foundation was thrilled to support our First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Golfers at the PURE Insurance Championship this week.
Nikki Chindavong, Hannah Harrison, Ethan Liu, Ellie Sand & Haley Wong were the 5 talented junior golfers from First Tee -Greater Sacramento chosen to play in the PURE Insurance Championship this week.
The fun began on Tuesday evening at a Pairings Party when they found out which Champions PGA TOUR player they were paired with. Then it was off to practice rounds on both Pebble Beach Golf Links & Spyglass Hill. The first day of the tournament was Friday & Ethan Liu & Nikki Chindavong had tee times at Pebble Beach. One of the most scenic golf courses in the world.
Saturday these juniors play their next round in hopes of being in the Championship foursome on Sunday the final day.
It’s so rewarding to see fans come out to cheer on junior golfers from around the United States.
Check out the fun picture below when Nikki Chindavong was coming off of Hole #3 as Ethen Liu was finishing Hole # 16. The Sacramento cheering section gathered for a group shot with both junior golfers.
Continued good luck to the First Tee – Greater Sacramento junior players on and off the course. We are all very proud of these young adults as they make contacts & friends this week that they will carry on into their future.
Jeremy McCarthy of the First Tee California Eagles Group receives Special Olympics Honor
On Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 Special Olympics of Northern California surprised Jeremy McCarthy and Tom Corlett with an invite to the Special Olympic Games USA in Orlando, FL in June, 2022. The pair has participated in the Northern California Alternate Shot Competition with Special Olympics for the past 10 years.
Jeremy and Tom have a very special bond and have been in each other’s lives for the past 35 years. Jeremy’s mom and Tom’s wife are the closest friends and used to work together.
Jeremy and Tom co-coach one of the groups within the California Eagle Golf Program and have been for the past 11 years. The two make quite a pair and we could not be more happy and proud of them!
Jeremy began his golf career at the age of 6 with lessons from Golf Professional Dick McShane at Haggin Oaks.
Nikki Chindavong has been receiving a junior golf development grant for the past four years and it has been great to see her grow in both her personality and in her golf game.
A few months ago, the Morton Golf Foundation connected Nikki with Scott Smith to play in the Jr/Sr Funvitational on July 31, 2020, at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Scott purchased matching shirts for their team (which is a tournament tradition) and the two of them spent a fun day on the golf course for this event sponsored by The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. This duo shot a score of 11 under gross, 16 under net. That day Scott and Nikki bonded through golf and we are sure there will be another match set up for the two of these golfers to play together again soon.
Nikki recently sent a thank you letter to the Morton Golf Foundation and we wanted to share it with everyone here. We were touched by the great art and her kind words:
“Dear Morton Golf Foundation,
Thank you for everything you do for junior golf. Your endless support and positivity has motivated me through these tough times! The year of 2020 has brought lots of surprises and changes to our lives, however, the Morton Golf Foundation has still tried to make this the best year ever!! I am so excited for the future and to see things go back to “normal”. Thank you for your continuous support 🙂
With all the cancellations happening with COVID-19 it was a pleasure that the fun could continue at the 29th Annual Jr/Sr Funvitational at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA on July 31, 2020.
It was straight tee times instead of a shotgun start and the lunch & awards could not be held following golf due to social distancing requirements.
All day on the golf course you could hear shouts across the fairway as friends were cheering on their fellow golfers. The format was a 2-person scramble. What a great way to work as a team for all 18 holes.
There were smiles all around as the tournament ended and it was bumping elbows to thank your foursome for a great round.
The day was enjoyed by approximately 100 golfers and several were Morton Golf Foundation Board Members and friends.
Our hats are off to The a First Tee of Greater Sacramento TEAM for putting on another great event. Their continued hard work was well worth it!
Please join us next year at this event as we ALL support junior golf!
Friday, June 29th was another huge success when the Jr/Sr Funvitational was held at Haggin Oaks.
114 golfers gathered as each twosome was paired with a junior & senior player.
The competition was high as each foursome was playing for the “Team Spirit” award. This award builds sponsorship & camaraderie among players. Scott Smith & Natalie Groom won this award as they dressed up as a Masters golf caddie & PGA professional golfer (picture attached in next email). Every twosome participating was worthy of winning this award.
After all the golfers teed off in the 7:30 a.m. shotgun start the Morton Golf Foundation went to work on building their golf cart limo float. Their chosen theme this year was “Celebrate America”. As they approached each foursome on the course they introduced themselves & then asked if they wanted a snack. In order to win a snack you had to answer a question & be “Smarter than a 3rd grader”. Sample questions: How many stars on the American flag? What is our National bird? Which of our 50 states is the largest?
It was pretty entertaining & luckily we knew all the answers.
Get your “Team Spirit” twosome together for next June & we will see you there!
Happy 4th of July as you “Celebrate America” from your friends at Morton Golf Foundation!
On Monday, June 19, 2017, when the temperature reached 110 degrees, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento had a tournament stop at El Macero Country Club for the Junior Tour.
The temperature might have been scorching but the junior players were ready to show off their golf skills.
Richie Gibbs, one of our own Morton Golf Foundation junior players, was proud to take home an Over All WIN for the age group of 14 – 18, shooting 71 for 1 under par.
Richie has been a volunteer for the Morton Golf Foundation since the foundation started 8 years ago. He is very happy and eager to volunteer for any and all events on and off the course.
As the Morton Golf Foundation continues to grow, look for Richie either in a volunteer status or playing on the golf course representing the Morton Golf Foundation. We are very proud of what Richie has accomplished and know there is a lot more on the horizon for Richie.