Foothill Golfer Plays with Pros

Foothill senior Kortnie Maxoutopoulis is among an elite 78 student golfers from around the country and worldwide who will play alongside golf legends at The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Tournament events kicked off with a dinner Tuesday evening and continue Wednesday and Thursday with practice at both the Pebble Beach and Del Monte golf courses, where the tournament is played.

The First Tee Open is a tournament on the Champions Tour (formerly the Senior PGA Tour). The tournament pairs student athletes with professional golf greats such as Fuzzy Zoeller, Ben Crenshaw, Fred Couples, Mark O'Meara, Tom Watson and more.

The tournament is a fundraiser for The First Tee charity, which works to bring the positive life lessons of golf to children of all socio-economic backgrounds. Kortnie and Natalie Bodnar, an Amador Valley High School student, were chosen to represent the Tri-Valley chapter, based in Pleasanton. Only 22 girls and 56 boys across the country and internationally were chosen to take part in this prestigious event.

The youth golfers are paired with one adult athlete and two amateurs who donated money to be part of the tournament.

Kortnie, long ranked one of the nation's top youth golfers, will start the tournament Friday by being paired with actor and golf legend Clint Eastwood, who's also chairman of the event, and pro golfer Tom Kite, plus Eastwood's wife. The foursome will play at Del Monte.

On the second day of the tournament, Kortnie will be paired again with Tom Kite and two amateur golfers at Pebble Beach.

The top 22 junior players and the top four professional players will advance to the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach. The remaining juniors and pro golfers will play another round at Del Monte.

The tournament is free to attend. It will be televised on The Golf Channel Friday and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Kortnie for being chosen to take part in such an incredible event!

PHOTO: Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, courtesy of the Maxoutopoulis family

Posted Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010