Susquehannock High School junior Kendel Abrams recently played one of the great golf courses in the world.

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore sent Abrams to compete in the 2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, which will play host to its sixth U.S. Open Championship in 2019.

The PGA Tour Champions event was held from Sept. 13-18 in California.

Abrams is a starter on Susquehannock’s varsity golf team and has established herself as one of the best young female golfers in York County. This summer, she finished second in the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship, and last fall she took third in the York-Adams League Girls' Championship.

Three years ago, Abrams developed a program called “Grasp Girls with Golf” to get more girls to play the sport. She has been in The First Tee of Greater Baltimore program for three years. The First Tee is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its values to young people.

“I applied last year and was not selected. It taught me to not give up on my dreams, continue to work hard, and stay positive. I was ecstatic to see my name on the screen of the Golf Channel as a participant that has been selected for 2016,” Abrams said in a news release. “I know this experience will be one to remember for the rest of my life.”

Abrams was paired with veteran golf pro Jay Haas, who won nine times on the PGA Tour and 17 times on the Champions Tour. She also met celebrity Alphonso Ribeiro.

Abrams finished 5-under par over two rounds of play at Poppy Hills and Pebble Beach.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

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