SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Cameren Dawkins, a rising senior golf star at Union Catholic, received a great honor on Wednesday when he was chosen to participate in the very prestigious PURE Insurance Championship at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

PGA TOUR Champions and The First Tee announced on the Golf Channel on Wednesday that Dawkins, who lives in Hillside and is a member of the First Tee of Metropolitan New York, was one just 81 junior golfers selected to play in the annual event, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and will be held September 24-30 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

The tournament will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, with the final round contested solely at Pebble Beach on Sunday. The event will be televised internationally on Golf Channel. 

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The PURE Insurance Championship is the only event of its kind as the 81 junior golfers are teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The juniors, ages 14 to 18, compete for the pro-junior title. 
Representing 22 states, Dawkins and the rest of the junior golfers were selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and application of the Nine Core Values and life skills learned through The First Tee's programs.

"We are proud to be a part of such a prestigious event that supports so many deserving young men and women from The First Tee throughout the country," Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies, said in a press release. "They are what make this tournament so special, and it's humbling to be a part of something that has such a profound impact on their lives both on and off the course."

As of July 11, players committed to compete in the PURE Insurance Championship include defending champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer, as well as fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Colin Montgomerie, Mark O'Meara and Sandy Lyle. Players have until Friday, September 21 to commit, with additional commitments to be announced in the coming months.

"We are proud of the junior golfers selected to play at this year's PURE Insurance Championship," Keith Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee, said in a press release. "These 81 teens, and the event, embody The First Tee's beliefs around the importance of fan engagement, diversity and inclusion and having a sense of civic responsibility that is expressed through our Nine Core Values."

In this 15th tournament year, more than 870 kids from The First Tee have played in the tournament, meeting and learning from PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field while showcasing the Nine Core Values and the leadership and life skills they have acquired at The First Tee chapters.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the sport of golf and The First Tee's Nine Core Values to more than 15 million kids, positively impacting their lives along the way. The First Tee's Nine Core Values are: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. The PURE Insurance Championship is one of 10 national opportunities provided by The First Tee headquarters to encourage and motivate kids as they progress through the program and toward high school graduation.