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Local Teens Compete at Pebble Beach in Nature Valley First Tee Open

| December 1, 2016

Langham Creek junior Stephen Boyd partnered with major championship winner Mark O’Meara.

Langham Creek junior Stephen Boyd partnered with major championship winner Mark O’Meara.

Scott Shuster And Stephen Boyd Play With The Pros In Annual Event

Local teens Scott Shuster and Stephen Boyd represented The First Tee of Greater Houston at the 13th annual Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, a PGA Tour Champions event. The professional player field included World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer and two-time major championship winner John Daly.

Shuster was paired with professional Kirk Triplett and Boyd partnered with major championship winner Mark O’Meara during the 54-hole tournament.

Schuster has been a member of The First Tee since 2008. Originally from The First Tee of Pasadena, Calif., Scott transferred to the Greater Houston chapter in 2015 and is now a senior at Morton Ranch High School. Sel­ected to participate in the pre-tournament Coca-Cola Champions Chall­enge event, Scott teamed with professional Billy Andrade to help earn a $4,000 donation for The First Tee of Greater Houston.

Boyd has been a member of The First Tee of Greater Houston since 2012 and is a junior at Langham Creek High School. Both Scott and Stephen are Ace level participants in the program.

Schuster and Boyd were selected to participate in the internationally televised event by a national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability, and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. The boys were teamed with 81 PGA Tour Champions players and 162 amateurs in tournament play on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course.

The First Tee of Greater Houston is one of 165 chapters worldwide and has been operation under the Houston Golf Association since 2004. More than one million local young people have been impacted through chapter programs and The First Tee National School Program. The golf-based programs are focused on building character through The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The Houston chapter has expanded its reach into 417 area public schools and eight green grass facilities. Approximately 290,000 Houston-area youth benefit from the organization’s learning facilities and educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Visit thefirstteegreaterhouston.org for more information.

Morton Ranch High School senior Scott Shuster was paired with professional Kirk Triplett.

Morton Ranch High School senior Scott Shuster was paired with professional Kirk Triplett.


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