Ralph Kho had an amazing experience being paired with Bernhard Langer as he represented The First Tee of Silicon Valley at the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee. The 16th annual event, hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, is an official PGA TOUR Champions event contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, that took place September 24-29.
“Playing at one of the best courses in the world with the legend himself, Bernard Langer, knowing that you are on TV is just a once in a life time experience. Being surrounded by such an elite group of people, celebrities, and golfers inspired me to be the best version of myself and carry the First Tee values wherever I go. The moments I had at the Pure Insurance is something that I’ll never forget and will always look back to. I’m very grateful for Coach Matt, Coach George, Coach Chris, and Julie for guiding me through the application process and supporting me.” said Ralph Kho
Kho’s mother shared, “We are very grateful to The First Tee of Silicon Valley, … the coaches and the staff that Ralph was selected to participate to the PURE Insurance Championship and to be paired with Bernhard Langer, who has 40 PGA TOUR Champion victories, was a big bonus. We will forever be grateful to The First Tee for this great opportunity and all other that Ralph has received and participated in throughout his time with The First Tee of Silicon Valley. Special thank you to Matt for guiding and supporting Ralph all throughout the application process and for everything he has helped Ralph with from the day he started – mentoring him not just in golf but as a person. Thank you very much to all of you.”
Kho is a long-time participant in The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s program. He has been dedicated to progressing through several class levels and generous by giving back to younger participants as a Junior Coach. Kho is truly a fine young man with a very bright future. He is a senior at Junipero Serra High School beginning this fall.
Kho’s selection for the event was very timely given his pioneering, class history at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course which is now Baylands Golf Links. He was one of The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s first participants there as the chapter expanded its classes to the mid-peninsula. The First Tee of Silicon Valley is endeavoring to make an investment to the facility in the form of a learning center and improvements to the range and practice areas.
“Ralph should be extremely proud (and excited!) not only by his selection to play in this tournament, but also by his dedication to The First Tee of Silicon Valley. I cannot think of a more deserving participant to represent our chapter,” said George Maxe, President and CEO of The First Tee of Silicon Valley.
The PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee is the only event of its kind where 78 First Tee teenagers from across the country are paired up with 78 PGA TOUR Champions players and 156 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. There were 78 participants from First Tee chapters across the country compete for the Pro-Junior Team title. Participants are selected by a national panel of judges based on their understanding and application of the values and life skills learned through First Tee’s programs, as well as their playing ability. Nearly 1,000 teens from First Tee have played in the PURE Insurance Championship, experiencing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet, play and be mentored by PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field.
“We are proud to continue our involvement with this prestigious event and help support the great work of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and The First Tee,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “The impact this event has on the incredible young men and women from the First Tee makes this sponsorship tremendously rewarding for our entire team.
First Tee is a youth development organization dedicated to helping young people build character through the game of golf. The First Tee of Silicon Valley is one of 150 chapters around the world introducing the sport of golf and First Tee’s Core Values to kids, positively impacting their lives. Serving the greater Silicon Valley community since 2005, more than 78,000 kids have been impacted through The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s programs.