Up-and-Coming Golfers to Compete in
Golf To Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB invites nationwide The First Tee affiliates to compete for a chance to play in the ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am
NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2015) – In conjunction with the ACE Group Classic, six The First Tee affiliates from across the nation have been invited to participate in the Golf To Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge, tournament officials announce today. Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge will be hosted by the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB on February 9 and 10 at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla.“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for promising young golfers to play on a world-class stage and alongside Champions Tour professionals,” said Tournament Director Gail Graham. “Through its support, the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB is helping grow the game of golf right here in the Paradise Coast as well as in communities across the country.”
The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, The First Tee of West Michigan, The First Tee of Roanoke and The First Tee of The Triangle will be represented by teams of two players each in in the Golf To Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge Playoff on February 9. The top two teams from the 18-hole competition will advance to the Golf To Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge on February 10. The two qualifying teams will join The First Tee of Naples/Collier and The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia in the Champions Challenge, a four-hole team competition pairing each team with a Champions Tour player.
The overall winning team will receive an opportunity to play in the ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am courtesy of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB. All teams will be invited to attend the ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am Pairings Party in conjunction with the tournament.
“We are happy to be able to showcase Florida’s Paradise Coast as a premier destination for the game of golf, while also encouraging young players in the game from around the country,” Jack Wert, Executive Director, Marco Island, Everglades CVB. “As a sponsor of the ACE Group Classic, we hope the inaugural Golf To Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge will inspire golfers of all ages to play like pros.”
The ACE Group Classic will be hosted at TwinEagles Golf Club on February 9-15. This Champions Tour event has been held since 1988, and will feature 81 of the world’s best players battling for a $1.6 million purse.
About the ACE Group
The ACE Group is one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 53 countries, ACE provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of the ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.
About The TwinEagles Club
TwinEagles is conveniently located just 6 miles east of I-75 off Immokalee Road in Naples. Additional information on this premier community and club can be found at: www.twineagles.com.
About the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades – has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining, great golf and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all.
For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit www.ParadiseCoast.com. Follow the destination on Twitter @ParadiseCoast and on Facebook at
About The First Tee:
The First Tee is a 501(c)3 nonprofit positive youth development organization whose
Mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that
build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the
game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augintine, Fla., The First
Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools, at other youth-serving
locations and on military installations.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values
to nine million young people in all 50 United States and select international locations.
The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America
PGA TOUR and the USGA. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.
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About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour’s primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2014 determined Bernhard Langer as the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the Champions Tour at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.