It was a pretty great day.
It started out (very) early in the morning when my first flight took off at 5am from RDU. Wowzers.
Having not flown but a few times in my life, I was starting to get comfortable with it and flying to Pebble Beach, California will help anyone get over their nerves quickly!
The flight from ATL to San Jose was an especially fun flight because previously, when flying, it was dark out and now I was able to see all the clouds and houses. From San Jose, CA airport we made the two hour drive towards the Pure Insurance Championship Player Registration.
Driving through 17 Mile Drive, I was able to see a sneak peak of the golf course and the wildlife that surrounded it. After registration we were able to walk out to the 18th green at Pebble Beach and I was stunned by the breathtaking scenery.
This evening we had Junior Player Orientation followed by the PURE Welcome Party, Convert and Pairings Release – all at Poppy Hills GC.
They had us sit in rows based off of our last names, then took us out to the practice putting green. There they introduced all of the 81 juniors who were playing in the event and the chapter they came from.
Flags with our name and chapter, as well as a tournament week golf bag, were set up to circle the putting green. So cool!
Then the big moment came when they revealed to us who our pros were. We were told to look in the front zipper of the golf bag and find an envelope.
I am paired with Brian Henninger. Once the announcement was made Mr. Henninger came right up to me and we started talking. He was very nice and had only words of encouragement.
I ended the night by sitting by the fire and playing glow in the dark golf with fellow junior participants. Post event I was able to meet my host family for the week, Brad and Mary Carl. Mrs. Carl welcomed me with some delicious chocolate cookies!
It was a great end to an amazing first day in Pebble Beach. I am looking forward to my 8 o’clock practice round tomorrow on Poppy Hills GC!