Posted: 6/27/2016

The First Tee National Par-3 Championship 2016 Winners

Madalyn Ardueser from The First Tee of Greater Portland Wins Girls Division and Presley

Mackelberg from The First Tee of Northern Nevada Wins Boys Division of The First Tee’s

National Par-3 Championship 

 

Richmond, VA (June 25, 2016) – Madalyn Ardueser representing The First Tee of Greater Portland and Presley Mackelberg representing The First Tee of Northern Nevada clinched The First Tee’s National Par-3 Championship title today for their respective divisions.  

The First Tee National Par-3 Championship is a unique event that gathers 32 junior golfers from around the country to participate in a 36-hole individual stroke play competition at an exclusive Par-3 course. The tournament took place this weekend at The Kanawha Club in Mankin-Sabot, Virginia.  Ardueser and

Mackelberg both finished +8 over 36-holes. The girls division runner up, Alice Duan +11 (T2), The First Tee of Northern Nevada, faced Mariana Ocano +11 (T2), The First Tee of St. Petersburg, in a play-off for the runnerup trophy. Duan came out on top after two holes of battle. Steven Schnobrich +9, The First Tee of New Hampshire, finished runner-up in the boys division.  

“[Today] the pin locations were easier and the greens rolled about the same so it made easier to putt,”

Ardueser reflects. “It means a lot to win this tournament.t I came from the other side of country, all the way Oregon, and I came to represent my chapter and The First Tee program overall. It was a great test of perseverance and I think anyone who is thinking of considering coming to an event like this should go for it because it teaches you a lot about yourself.” Ardueser is attending Eastern Washington University on golf scholarship in the fall. 

“I thought the pin locations were a little more scoreable and the greens were slower greens from rain over night,” Mackelberg noted. “It means a lot [to win this tournament] because I can go back to my chapter and tell them about my experience. I hope to inspire others to come here and have fun, too. I always say that people should enjoy the courses you’re playing and the people you’re playing with.” Mackelberg is a rising junior in high school and has goals to play college golf. 

Full Scores:

 

First Name

Last Name

Chapter

Round 1

+

Round 2

+

OVERALL

OVERALL +

Olivia

Alcoran

Greater Sacramento

66

12

65

11

131

23

Madalyn

Ardueser

Greater Portland

57

3

59

5

116

8

Hallie

Boles

Pine Mountain

65

11

61

7

126

18

Sayaka

Carpenter

Raritan Valley

70

16

56

2

126

18

Serena

Chen

Greater Trenton

66

12

65

11

131

23

Kaitlynn

Criswell

Phoenix

65

11

68

14

133

25

Alice

Duan

Northern Nevada

61

7

58

4

119

11

Madelyn

Edwards

Aiken

71

17

68

14

139

31

Angelica

Harris

Greater New Orleans

65

11

59

5

124

16

Emily

Harvey

Valparaiso

64

10

71

17

135

27

Savannah

Kummelman

Lakeland

77

23

69

15

146

38

Tarin

Leong

Fort Worth

66

12

63

9

129

21

Mariana

Ocano

St. Petersburg

61

7

58

4

119

11

Lauren

Palmer

Greater San Antonio

71

17

69

15

140

32

Jayla

Rogers

Brunswick County

65

11

68

14

133

25

Belle

Tan

Greater Dallas

60

6

60

6

120

12

Tyler

Armstrong

East Baton Rouge Parish

61

7

58

4

119

11

Owen

Avrit

Central Coast

59

5

62

8

121

13

Joseph

Auth

Pittsburgh

63

9

69

15

132

24

Carlo

Carino

Greater New Orleans

68

14

66

12

134

26

Cole

Elmore

Salina

65

11

64

10

129

21

Evan

Griffith

Fort Smith

61

7

65

11

126

18

Alexander

Lamm

Greater Charlotte

61

7

60

6

121

13

Jason

Liu

Connecticut

61

7

60

6

121

13

Seth

Lomison

the Triad

63

9

58

4

121

13

Alexander

Lowe

Fort Worth

68

14

69

15

137

29

Presley

Mackelburg

Northern Nevada

59

5

57

3

116

8

Steven

Schnobrich

New Hampshire

60

6

57

3

117

9

Scott

Schuster

Greater Houston

71

17

60

6

131

23

Deion

Shepherd

Raritan Valley

65

11

57

3

122

14

Brice

Smoker

Aiken

70

16

62

8

132

24

Alex

Woo

Greater Richmond

81

27

68

14

149

41

 

 

About The First Tee National Par-3 Championship

The First Tee’s National Par-3 Championship is a national opportunity for network participants. To qualify, youth ages 14-17 must go through a thorough application process; girls must have a handicap of 10 or better and boys must have a handicap of 8 or better to be accepted into the event. The playing field is made up of 16 boys and 16 girls representing 26 chapters of The First Tee from 16 different states. Because this is a national opportunity produced by The First Tee, Life Skills and healthy habits are incorporated into daily activities—the overall theme being “the responsibilities of leadership.” On Friday, June 24th, the participants will compete in an individual stroke play competition on an exclusive Par-3 course, The Kanawha Club in Manakin-Sabot, VA. One boy and one girl will be named The First Tee National Par-3 Champion after 36 total holes of individual stroke play, Saturday, June 25thThe University of Richmond will house participants from Wednesday through Sunday.

 

About The First Tee

The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youthserving locations. 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. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair. 

In 2015, The First Tee of Greater Richmond reached over 22,000 youth through The First Tee Life Skills Experience, collaborative community partnerships, and The First Tee National School Program. At three programming locations, the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range, The Chesterfield Golf Course, and Independence Golf Club, the chapter provides spring, summer, and fall programs, as well as summer camps and a spring break camp. During programs and camps, head coaches and volunteer coaches positively develop young people with a supportive environment.

Media Contacts  

Madison Rogers
Director of Marketing & Special Events, The First Tee of Greater Richmond
Madison@thefirstteerva.org
804-357-8125

 

Brent Schneider
Executive Director, The First Tee of Greater Richmond 
Brent@thefirstteerva.org 
804-349-3364

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