Jack Avrit, a 16-year-old from Arroyo Grande, teamed up with Champions Tour professional Mark O’Meara won the Pro-Junior title at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on Sunday.
The two won with a 20-under total at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Nickolas Martinez of Houston and pro partner Fred Couples were second at 19 under, and Ben Constancio of Austin, Texas, and pro partner Wes Short Jr. were third at 18 under.
“Jack played great. He’s 16 years old and a very, very good player,” O’Meara said in a news release. “He’s a junior in high school and I was impressed with his game. I know what golf has meant to me in my life, spending time with my father and with my son, so it’s great anytime we can come out here and play with the junior golfers. I am impressed with their composure. We wouldn’t have won if he didn’t play the way he played.”
The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is a unique Champions Tour event that pairs 81 junior golfers with 81 professionals.
Avrit, a junior at Arroyo Grande High, was one of 23 junior golfers who made the cut to play the final round Sunday. He is a member of The First Tee Central Coast, an area golf club where his father serves as a coach. The club’s mission, according to its website, is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf
“The whole experience has been amazing,” Avrit said in a news release. “Just coming to Pebble Beach is a dream come true. I was just happy to make the cut to play one more round on this course. Playing with Mark was amazing and it was fun learning from him. He and his caddy were so helpful throughout the entire tournament.”
O’Meara is in the World Golf Hall of Fame, and has won 16 times on the PGA Tour in his career, including the Masters and the British Open in 1998.
In the pro event, Esteban Toledo won at 9 under.
San Luis Obispo native Loren Roberts finished at 4 over.