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Yosemite Golfer Makes Pebble Final; Mendes Wins in :38

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MONTEREY, Calif. -- The First Tee of Fresno's Jordan Keyser continued her magical weekend with a team score of 67 at Pebble beach to move to -13 (64-67 – 131)  through the first two rounds and enters the final day of the 2012 Nature Valley First Tee Open in fourth place.

Keyser, a senior at Yosemite High School, is one of 80 juniors playing in the annual national event broadcast live on the Golf Channel.  The Oakhurst-native is teamed with Mark Calcavecchia, the 1989 British Open champion and 13-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Keyser birded both No. 3 and 4 at Pebble Beach and her team is positioned to make a Sunday run at the pro-junior title.  Keyser and Calcavecchia will play Pebble Beach again on Sunday.

Fresno's other representative at the event and Bullard High School graduate Clayton Vannata used a strong day at Del Monte with professional partner David Frost to charge back with a 64 (-8) – the same score Keyser shot with Calcavecchia on Friday – but just missed the cut line by a stroke at -7 (73-64 – 137).  He will finish the tournament with 18 holes on Sunday at Del Monte in a consolation round.

For updates from the tournament, you can follow @FirstTeeFresno on Twitter.

The event is a part of the Champions Tour, formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour, and will be televised internationally on the Golf Channel.

Keyser and Vannata were two of the 80 junior golfers in the nation, who range between ages 15-18, selected to participate out of over 180 applicants.

Keyser has been with The First Tee of Fresno since the program began in 2008.  Because of her golf skills and dedication to the mission of First Tee, she is an Ace within the program, the highest level attainable.  She is also a three-time League MVP and is the reigning CIF North Area Girls High School Golf Champion.

Vannata has been a part of First Tee for three years and is an Eagle within the program.  He will be attending Saint Mary's in the fall and intends to try out for their golf team.

The Nature Valley First Tee Open is chaired by Clint Eastwood.  It is a 54-hole golf event that includes a field of World Golf Hall of Fame members.  Golfing legend and First Tee trustee Arnold Palmer is the honorary co-chair of the event.

Launched in 2004, the tournament is described as an international showcase for the organization.  The First Tee is "an initiative to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf."

Courtesy: First Tee of Fresno

 

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