The First Tee Open is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. Normally held in August/September in Monterey, California at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course, but has been moved to July. It is an official Champions tour event that pairs one junior with one champions tour player and two amateurs. Seventy-eight junior spots are awarded, seventy chosen from two selection processes and eight exemptions are selected through The First Tee of Monterey County and Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the host organization. Walmart was the title sponsor of this event from 2004 to 2009. National Association for Home Care & Hospice was the title sponsor for 2010. Nature Valley is the current title sponsor for the 2011 tournament.
The purse for the 2011 tournament was US$1,800,000, with $305,000 going to the winner. The tournament was founded in 2004 as The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Wal-Mart. The First Tee of Monterey County is one of the direct receivers of the proceeds made from this tournament.
The AT&T Nations is the next event coming up on the PGA Tour. This one happens in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Congressional Country Club and will happen from the 28th of June to the 1st of July. The defending champion for this tournament is Nick Watney and he walked away with $1,116,000 last year. This year, the same amount is up for grabs out of a huge $6,500,000 purse. The tournament is also worth 500 FedEx Cup points. Next up on the PGA Tour, the Greenbrier Classic, which is from July 5th through the 8th at the Old White TPC in West Virginia.
Previously on the PGA Tour, the Traveler's Championship was held, June 21st through the 24th at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, with a six million dollar purser that Marc Leishman took a big chunk of. He got 500 FedEx Cup points and a check for $1,080,000 last year. The field this year consists of Hunter Haas and Blake Adams as well as Lucas Glover, D.A. Points, John Huh and Angel Cabrera. Others include Ricky Barnes, Trevor Immelman and Heath Slocum as well as Rory Sabbatini, Dicky Pride and Stewart Cink.
July 6th through the 8th the Champions Tour continues with the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. This event happens at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, which is in Monterey Peninsula, California, and the purse for this event is $1,700,000. The other venue is the Del Monte Golf Course, in Monterey, California, with Jeff Sluman as the defending champion, walking away with a grand prize last year of $240,000. Other events that are coming up include the U.S. Senior Open Championship, and the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex.
The last event on the calendar was the June 28th through July 1st Constellation Senior Player's Championship, at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Joe Daley took home $405,000 of a $2,700,000 purse. The field for this tournament includes Andy Bean and Bob Gilder as well as David Peoples and Peter Seniors. Others that will be playing include Steve Pate, Jay Don Blake, Eduardo Romero, Scott Simpson and Hale Irwin as well as Fred Funk, Chip Beck and Russ Cochran. Jeff Sluman will also be playing.
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