First Tee – Silicon Valley Ace participant Franky Sumcad, placed 3rd in the second annual First Tee National Championship in South Bend Indiana, June 27th to July 1st. She shot 72, 71, and 69 for a total score of 1 under par.
As a result of her strong performance, she qualified for the 2022 PURE Insurance Championship in Monterey CA, September 20-25. An official PGA TOUR Champions event, the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California pairs one First Tee junior with a PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs. The tournament is televised nationally on Golf Channel. Although there is a winning score on Sunday, this experience is so much more than a golf event. First Tee participants are provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Legends & Leaders speaker program, which features notables from the business, sports and entertainment industries. This event also provides the teens a unique mentoring experience on the golf course with their PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs.
Franky is a terrific FTSV participant since 2012 and is a dedicated FTSV volunteer since 2020. She has volunteered as a coach in classes and at our Girls Golf events, and assisted at our fundraisers. She is also a high-performing competitive golfer. She is number 1 on her high school team and a +1 handicap. She was recommended, interviewed, and was selected as an honorary junior member at Silver Creek Valley Country Club, chosen for her skill level and for her character. She played in their inaugural Thanksgiving skins game and who won the most skins.
“We were thrilled for Franky and her opportunity to play in the PURE Insurance Open and proud of her accomplishment at the National Championship.” said Chris Moreno-Hunt, Program Director of FTSV. “Franky recently played in our pre-season tournament at Gavilan Golf Course and took on a mentorship role with the younger FTSV golfers that we paired her with. To see her embrace her role as a mentor and fully commit to making the other golfers feel supported and engaged is what being a role model is all about. She leads by example, and I am confident she will represent our chapter at the upcoming tournament to the highest degree.”
Interested in joining Franky and other FTSV participants in our First Tee classes? Please check out our youth classes page. Our fall season will begin September 6th and the registration will open August 11th at 10am.