It's not every day that you get to play Pebble Beach. And it's not every one of those days that you get to play it with a legend like Hale Irwin, or Andy Bean.
But that's exactly the opportunity two junior golfers from the First Tee of St. Petersburg program got. Both rising seniors at Northeast High School, 17-year-old Kyle Kubala and 16-year-old Austin Stephens were chosen as two of 81 junior golfers from across the country to play in the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, a stop on the Champions Tour schedule. Kyle was paired with Irwin. Austin was paired with Bean.
But getting the chance to play there wasn't easy. It took a rigorous application process, boosted by their hundreds of volunteer hours. Both help mentor the younger kids in the First Tee of St. Petersburg. Their low handicaps helped their cause as well, although golfing ability was not the lone factor for acceptance.
They played best-ball with their partners, and both teams were under-par for the weekend. Kyle and Hale finished 12th overall. Kyle was also featured on the national TV coverage of the tournament.
Click on the video above to see the special way in which they prepared to play Pebble--a method that neither Hale nor Andy could have used when they first played the course themselves.
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