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Enjoying Round 1 with pro Ted Schulz

Contributing Blogger: Megan Board, participant, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

This week just keeps getting more and more exciting!  Today I got to play my first tournament round at Del Monte with my pro Ted Schulz. He immediately put me at ease on the putting green before our round by making conversation and telling jokes.  I feel so lucky that I also got to play with two amazing amateurs: Herm Edwards (former head coach of the New York Jets) and Bob Simpson.  Mr. Schulz gave me a lot of pointers and helped to give me reads on many of my putts.  Mr. Edwards was great and made me laugh the whole time.  He knew how to brighten the round even when we weren’t having a great hole.  Mr. Simpson was continuously encouraging me and even introduced me to Jay Haas during the round.  The entire group, including the players’ caddies, made the experience unforgettable.  They were all so positive during the entire round.

Herm Edwards was also a speaker at the Legends & Leaders Dinner Thursday night.

I was pretty nervous before the round today, but after meeting my group, my nerves calmed down pretty quickly.  I enjoyed every minute of being in this wonderful place with these wonderful people. It was also great having my brother caddy for me.  He played in The Nature Valley First Tee Open the past two years and was able to help me on a lot of my shots.

I am so thankful to The First Tee, Nature Valley and the Monterey Peninsula for giving me the opportunity to have this once in a lifetime experience.  This week has been so surreal and I feel so lucky to have even been given the opportunity to be a part of this event.  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings at Pebble!


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