Diehl brothers heading to Pebble Beach
FARMINGTON – Trey and Tyler Diehl’s early-season golf schedule will have a new, professional zest to it.
The brothers and Piedra Vista junior duo were among 81 promising young golfers selected to compete alongside the pros Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 at a PGA Champions Tour event called the Pure Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee in Pebble Beach, Calif.
"Just to be able to play that course and how many tour events are held there, and to be able to play with a pro, it's going to be so awesome," Tyler Diehl said.
The brothers grew up watching live golf from Pebble Beach, such as the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am every February. And now they get to play on that same course themselves.
The duo is getting ready to switch from the thin, desert air at 5,400 above sea level in Farmington to playing at sea level on the West Coast. It'll also be a cooler climate with more moisture, which could affect how far their long drives go.
Trey Diehl said it's more likely that he will hit off-target shots from the tee, so he will put more of an emphasis on putting while figuring out how to go up and down the course effectively.
Tyler Diehl, on the other hand said he looks to do well hitting the long drives because it could dictate how his ensuing shots will end up.
"If you hit a bad (first) shot, then it's challenging on the second shot into the green. But if you get a good drive, then you're set up for a perfect shot," Tyler Diehl said.
Trey Diehl is confident in acclimating to seal level, saying he played in a tournament in Washington over the summer.
"I kind of now know how the ball's going to react on the greens," he said.
Although he's yet to compete at sea level, Tyler Diehl doesn't mind winging it.
"It doesn't take that long to adjust to it," he said.
The tournament features professional golfers age 50 and over, as well as those selected through an application process with The First Tee.
The brothers will arrive at Pebble Beach on Sept. 19 and will have three days to get a feel for the course and everything.
"I'm super excited. It's going to be an awesome experience," Trey Diehl said. "To get to go play at an awesome course like this, it's going to be an honor."
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.