Claire Vermette and Sadie Chlapowski have played golf throughout the state in junior golf tournaments and as members of the First Tee of St. Petersburg. Seldom have they had the chance to play outside of Florida."I played Pinehurst No. 6 (in North Carolina) a few weeks ago," said Vermette, a junior at Northeast High School. "The farthest I've been is North Carolina," said Chlapowski, a senior at Boca Ciega. "But that was just for vacation."That will all change when Vermette and Chlapowski tee it up at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in California on Sept. 13-18. The St. Petersburg duo was selected to be two of 81 First Tee participants from around the country to play in the Champions Tour event. One First Tee player will be teamed with a Champions Tour player for the three-day event, which is in its 13th year.To be considered for the tournament, Vermette and Chlapowski submitted applications, which included tournament scores, grades, an essay and volunteer work. There was also an interview. They found out they were selected during a segment of the Golf Channel's Morning Drive show, on which they were special guests."I was really shocked," Vermette said. "They told us on the Golf Channel. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm going to California.' I'm going to be playing with professionals. That's so cool."Vermette began in the First Tee of St. Petersburg's program at Cypress Links Golf Course when she was 8. A few years later, she became a youth mentor. Vermette was on the golf team at Osceola for her first two years before transferring to Northeast, her zoned school, this year. She was on Osceola's team that finished third in the state last year. Chlapowski started even younger than Vermette in the First Tee program. She was 5 when she began hitting balls at Cypress Links and has not stopped playing since. "I remember being really into it," said Chlapowski, who is the top player on Boca Ciega's golf team. "My parents call me 'Pitbull' because when I get into something, I don't stop. It was that way when I started riding a unicycle."Yes, she can ride a unicycle. Not only can she ride it without falling, she can bounce a golf ball off her wedge while riding. "My dad said he wanted a unicycle for his birthday, so my mom got him one," Chlapowski said. "He tried it for a week, but then it just sat in the garage. I was like 13 or 14 and it was summer. I saw the unicycle in there so I tried it out. I started at about 9 a.m. on a Wednesday and did it all day until about 11 p.m. When I got up on Thursday, I could ride it all around."Both Vermette and Chlapowski will miss a few days of school while traveling to California. They both said they will spend a few extra days touring the San Francisco area. And they've been studying up on who some of the Champions Tour players are. So far, known players like John Daly, Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer and defending champion Esteban Toledo are committed to play.Neither Vermette nor Chlapowski care who they play with. They just want to have fun."My goal is to enjoy every minute," Chlapowski said. "I'm not going to take anything for granted. If I hit a bad shot, hey, I'm at Pebble Beach. I want to learn a lot from the guys who have been doing it for so long."And will there be nerves on the first tee of the opening round?"I'll be lucky if I even hit the ball," Chlapowski said.