Local Golfers Play with Champions Tour Professional in ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am in Naples, Fla.

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The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas Wins Golf To Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge; Advance to ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am


ROGERS, Ark. (February 10, 2015) – Hanna Brauburger and Wade Schaller, two Benton County student-athletes and participants at The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, have qualified to play in the ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am, paired with Champions Tour Professional Sonny Skinner. Brauburger and Schaller beat six First Tee chapters from around the country in the Golf To Paradise- First Tee Champions Playoff and Golf To Paradise- First Tee Champions Challenge before advancing to the Pro-Am.

The ACE Group Classic will be hosted at TwinEagles Golf Club on February 9-15. This Champions Tour event has been held since 1988, and will feature 81 of the world’s best players battling for a $1.6 million purse.

“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two promising golfers to compete for a chance to play with Champions Tour players,” said Mike Shea, Executive Director of The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas. “Our players are certainly looking forward to flying south to Naples, especially at this time of the year. We appreciate the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB for creating this opportunity for our golfers to expand their experience in the game of golf and to play on a world-class stage.”

Sonny Skinner is an American golfer who joined the Champions Tour in 2010 once he turned 50. His professional wins include the 1993 NIKE Shreveport Open, 1994 NIKE Dominion Open, 2009 Georgia PGA Championship and 2012 Georgia PGA Championship. Skinner was named the PGA Professional of the Year in 2008 and the Senior PGA Professional of the Year in 2010, becoming the first person to win both awards. He is a PGA teaching professional at the River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Georgia.


Elizabeth Prenger, Director of Outreach, The First Tee NWA
479) 419-5807 or elizabeth@nwafirsttee.com

About The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas
TFTNWA is dedicated to impacting the lives of all the youth in Northwest Arkansas by providing learning facilities and educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

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