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Participants Announced for the Ninth Annual Golf to Paradise

February 1, 2019

NAPLES – The Chubb Classic announced the participants that will be part of the annual Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge presented by the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. The three-day competition, Feb. 15 – 17, will give two participants from 12 different First Tee chapters (24 total participants) from around the country the opportunity to play at Quail Creek Country Club and Flamingo Island in Naples during the Chubb Classic.

“As Host Charity of the Chubb Classic, we could not be more excited to have 11 other First Tee chapters in Naples for a weekend of fun competition and activities,” said Cindy Darland, Executive Director of The First Tee of Naples/Collier. “Our partnership with the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chubb Classic has allowed junior golfers to create fond memories that will last a lifetime.”

During the 2019 event, 24 participants will play a total of nine holes during each of the three days of competition with an alternative format each day. On Friday, the teams will play in a scramble, followed by a modified alternate shot on Saturday and closing with a better ball format on Sunday. Final scoring will be based off total points earned each day of the nine-hole format. Following play on Sunday, Feb. 17, the winning chapter of The First Tee Champions Challenge will be announced during an award ceremony on 18 green at the Chubb Classic.

“We could not be happier to see the First Tee Champions Challenge tradition continue at the 2019 Chubb Classic,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The amount of dedication and talent these junior golfers bring to the game of golf is incredible to witness and we look forward to having them in the Paradise Coast.”

The participating junior golfers and First Tee chapters are listed below:

The First Tee of Naples/Collier
Joey Burke, 17Robert Walbert, 17
The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia
Lenny Gipson, 17
Joseph Morganti, 17
The First Tee of the Triangle

Catherine Vivongsy, 15
Tyla McAffity, 15

The First Tee of the Twin Cities
Stellan Orvick, 17
Timothy Berger, 16

The First Tee of Atlanta
Mylz Olver, 17
Blair Henry, 14

The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC
Owen Porter, 16
Kaylin Yeoh, 15

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas
Ben Fowler, 15
Kirsten Matlock, 17

The First Tee of West Michigan
Jorge Garcia, 16
Connor Penn, 15

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley
Ross Funderburker, 17
Cameron Dillon, 17

The First Tee of Indiana
Ajani Johnson, 15
Sam Roberts, 17

The First Tee of Pittsburgh
Victoria Slage, 14
Victoria Witouski, 15

The First Tee of Greater Chicago
Ryan Myer, 15
Brendan Cleary, 15


To purchase tickets or for more information about the Chubb Classic and the Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900.