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Jones earns shot at Pebble Beach
by Aaron Retherford
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Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Recent SSHS grad Tess Jones will participate in a Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach next month.
Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Recent SSHS grad Tess Jones will participate in a Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach next month.
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Recent Spanish Springs grad Tess Jones sure is glad she has been a participant of The First Tee of Northern Nevada since 2006.

Jones, who will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno next school year, is one of three recipients of a $500 Tom Fischer Memorial Scholarship of The First Tee of Northern Nevada.

But Jones’ golf life is about to get even more exciting.

Jones is one of 78 junior golfers selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Over 250 golfers applied for a chance to compete in the official Champions Tour event, July 7-10.

Jones has never played at Pebble Beach and couldn’t think of what would be the most prestigious course on which she has played.

Obviously, playing on one of the world’s most famous courses is a dream come true.

“I’m really excited for it. I’ve never had an opportunity like that to play somewhere as big as Pebble Beach,” Jones said. “I’m having Chris Dewar caddie for me because she’s one of the people who made it possible for me to go. So she’s going to be my caddie, which is awesome.”

In order to be selected, Jones had to fill out an application, answer short questions and essays, be judged on her handicap and undergo an extensive interview process.

Going into this tournament, Jones said she just wants to do her best because she knows in golf, things don’t always go your way on a given day. She’s looking forward to meeting different First Tee people from around the country and she has also heard the Champions Tour golfers enjoy playing with kids, so she expects a good time.

The good news doesn’t stop there for Jones.

She was also selected to be one of the 24 elite junior golfers to attend The First Tee PLAYers Advanced Academy July 20-27 in Richmond, VA.

“I’m really excited for that, too, because I think that will help me more than anything for college golf,” Jones said. “That one is specifically for collegiate players. I think of it as a golf boot camp that I’m going to go to for a week with about 20 other people.”

Jones will be playing golf for the Wolf Pack next year, something she never really expected when she started playing golf the summer before her freshman year in high school.

“It was always kind of a hazy goal. It was the big goal at the top of the ladder that I was always shooting for,” Jones said. “To get there and actually achieve that, it’s really exciting for me to go into that as a local girl.”

Jones, who has only played golf for five seasons, got to where she is today mostly because of The First Tee of Northern Nevada.

“I just want to thank The First Tee. They’ve given me every opportunity to go around the country,” Jones said. “They’ve taught me not only golf skills, but life skills as well. Liza Schumacher-Maupin and Chris Dewar, those two have done everything they can for me. I’m so grateful for them.”

Jones isn’t the only Cougar benefiting from The First Tee of Northern Nevada. Stephanie King, who will be a senior next year, was selected to join 95 golfers in Phoenix, Ariz. the first week in August for The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy.
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