Lusher Junior Julia Simon played in the 2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open last week at California’s legendary Pebble Beach golf course. Julia, who was paired up with golf legend Vijay Singh for the tournament, finished the 2nd round in the top third of the group with a score of 6 under par. She was a tie-break away from playing in the final round on Sunday. To learn more about Julia (one of Lusher’s best academic students also), check out these articles in The Advocate and SportsNola.
From the SportsNola profile:
Simon, from New Orleans, is a junior this year at Lusher Charter School, where she maintains a 3.96 GPA. Active with The First Tee of Greater New Orleans for the past eight years, she began playing golf at the age of 9. Last summer, she attended The First Tee Training Program at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) on Hilton Head Island, S.C. and The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy, which took place in Blaine, MN. Simon is an Eagle certified participant who is currently working towards her Ace level certification.
“I’ve dreamed of playing at Pebble Beach alongside some of the best junior golfers and Champions Tour players ever since Angelica Harris (another First Tee of Greater New Orleans participant) went a few years ago. I’m more than excited now that my dream is coming true!” said Simon.