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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Local Teen Selected to Play with Pro Golfers on Champions Tour in Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Peter Mata heads to Pebble Beach Week of Sept. 22

The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish is sending Peter Mata to compete in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be held September 26-28 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.

 Mata will join 80 other participants from The First Tee chapters for the event, which is in its 11th year.

 “Nature Valley is proud to be associated with this event, and thrilled to see these juniors get the call of a lifetime,” said Joe Ens, vice president of marketing at General Mills. “The First Tee is doing incredible work helping young people learn important life lessons like the Nine Core Values. We look forward to welcoming Peter and the full junior field at this year’s tournament.”

 Mata was selected 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. More than 150 applications were submitted.

 Champions Tour players committed to play include two-time Nature Valley First Tee Open winner and defending champion Kirk Triplett, Charles Schwab Cup contenders Jay Haas and Kenny Perry and a number of World Golf Hall of Fame members.

 Peter is a senior at Catholic High School and is on their golf team to include their 2013-2014 season accomplishments as High School Metro Boys Champions, District I Champions, and State Division I regional’s runner up. He has been involved in our chapter for eight years and holds himself to the nine core value of integrity as a higher standard of moral code.

 Mata and the other juniors will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Play will be conducted on these courses on Friday and Saturday, and the final round will be played on Pebble Beach Sunday.

 Our chapter is excited to have Peter represent us at the Nature Valley Open who has a true love for the game of golf with calmness in his manner of striving to win and is known locally as a mature winning player with a confidence in his unique golf swing.

 Mata states that he obviously wants to play well and wants to see Pebble Beach, but I really am preparing for soaking it all in and I really look forward to meeting my fellow “The First Tee” members.

 The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish is one of 177 chapters around the country and in select international locations. Serving the parish and surrounding areas since 2002, thousands of young people have been served through chapter programs and future The First Tee National School Program, which begins this year in our parish elementary schools. The programs are focused on building character through The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.

 To learn more about The First Tee of East Baton Rouge, visit www.thefirstteeebrp.org. For more information on the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open, visit www.thefirstteeopen.com. For more information on Peter, to request an interview or photos, please contact Henry Pointer, hpointer@brec.org, 225-774-5946.

 About The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish

Because our mission is broader than simply teaching young people how to play golf, The First Tee of EBRP also has a strong character development component - the Life Skills Experience. Life Skills is one of the unique features differentiating our organization from other successful junior golf programs.

Through Life Skills, young people inherit more than the ability to understand and enjoy the game of golf. Participants are taught important Life Skills that encourage improved self-image, positive attitude, problem solving, decision-making, integrity, and sportsmanship. Taught and reinforced through a variety of golf-related exercises, these life skills are designed to help young people apply values from the golf course to everyday life.

Through the Life Skills experience, as opportunities on the golf course expand, so do the opportunities for a participant's future. Graduates of The First Tee are eligible for scholarships, awards and recognition for contributions made to their community through The First Tee programs.

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