Youth Golfers Spotlighted at The ACE Group Classic

Youth Golfers Spotlighted at The ACE Group ClassicNaples, FL – The ACE Group Classic is hosting The First Tee of Naples/Collier and The First Tee of Philadelphia as they compete in the third annual The First Tee Challenge on Tuesday, February 15. The First Tee Challenge will pit two teams representing two First Tee Chapters in a three-hole match at 1:00 p.m. from The Quarry. The winning team will be allowed to display The First Tee Challenge trophy at their First Tee Chapter until the 2012 ACE Group Classic.

“We are excited to continue The First Tee Challenge in 2011 as part of the early-week festivities of The ACE Group Classic,” said Tournament Director Kevin Rooney. “We have created this event to highlight The First Tee and the wonderful work they do in communities across the United States and we are glad that it has grown into an annual tradition.”

The First Tee Challenge will feature two threesomes competing in a three-hole event on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes of The Quarry on Tuesday, February 15. One threesome will represent The First Tee of Naples/Collier and the other threesome will represent The First Tee of Philadelphia. The teams will be comprised of two members of that particular First Tee Chapter and one Champions Tour professional. The Champions Tour professionals will be announced closer to the event.

“This challenge is a great idea to showcase The First Tee and two deserving members from both Chapters,” said John Lupica, Chief Operating Officer, Insurance-North America and President and CEO of ACE USA. “The ACE Group’s involvement was a natural fit. Proceeds from The ACE Group Classic continue to support a strong ongoing relationship with the Philadelphia and Naples/Collier Chapters.”

“We are very appreciative of The ACE Group Classic for giving The First Tee a moment in the spotlight,” said Cindy Darland, executive director for The First Tee of Naples/Collier. “The tournament’s support over the past three years has given us a tremendous foundation to build upon.”

The First Tee Challenge trophy currently resides in Southwest Florida after Naples/Collier’s victory in 2010 at The Quarry. The Philadelphia Chapter won the inaugural Challenge in 2009 at TPC Treviso Bay.

 

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