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Two teen golfers selected for The First Tee – Champions Tour Challenge in Florida
Two teen golfers selected for The First Tee – Champions Tour Challenge in Florida

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Two local teens are getting away from the winter cold and bringing their golf clubs to compete in The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Florida. 

Elias Aouad, a senior at East Grand Rapids High School and Andrew DeYoung, a junior at Kenowa Hills High School are being sent by the local non-profit The First Tee of West Michigan. The First Tee teaches students values and life skills through the game of golf and has had Aouad and DeYoung as participants since 2011.  

In conjunction with the ACE Group Classic, a Champions Tour event, six affiliates of The First Tee from across the country have been invited to participate.  The Challenge will be hosted at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Florida on February 9 and 10.

Aouad and DeYoung were two of just twelve students from across the country selected for this event. They will compete in an alternate shot format against five pairs of students from other First Tee chapters.

“We worked with over 377 students at The First Tee program in 2014, and Elias and Andrew are two of our finest young men.  They are strong golfers, but more importantly exemplify the Nine Core Values we teach, especially the value of perseverance.  We are ecstatic that they will represent our chapter on a national stage while also getting to see a new part of the world.  Quite frankly, I’m a little envious of them getting in a few rounds of golf in a warm place,” said Executive Director Tyler Smies.

Aouad and DeYoung will compete against five other teams from Arkansas, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida for an opportunity to play with a Champions Tour player during the Pro-Am on Wednesday, February 11th. 

For more information on The First Tee of West Michigan, contact 616-965-6633 or visit thefirstteewestmichigan.org.