THREE FIRST TEE OF THE TRIAD KIDS SET TO PLAY WITH NO. 6 RANKED NORTH CAROLINA JUNIOR GOLFER AT AJGA FJ INVITATIONAL
TCDI Donates Team For The First Tee of the Triad
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three golfers from The First Tee of the Triad will play in Monday’s Junior-Am at the 12th annual AJGA FJ Invitational at Sedgefield Country Club courtesy of a donation from Technology Concepts & Design, Inc., it was announced today. The 12th annual AJGA FJ Invitational is set for June 10-14, 2013; the week begins with Monday’s Junior-Am Fundraising tournament set for 1:30 p.m.
Anthony Akins, 18, has been homeschooled and will attend North Carolina A&T this fall where he will double major in electrical and computer engineering. The Whitsett resident has been a member of The First Tee of the Triad for five years and has participated in events such as the Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Phoenix, Walt Disney World’s Future Leaders Forum and Hank Haney’s International Junior Golf Academy experience. Last month Anthony’s high school team won the Home School National Championship in Springfield, Mo.
Mason Jenkins, 14, will be a freshman at Northwest Guilford High School in the fall. He has been in The First Tee program for more than six years. He started at the Lake Norman Chapter of the First Tee before moving to the Triad area last year and is an Ace level participant. Jenkins played on his middle school golf team this past year.
Harvey Allen, 16, will be a junior at Mount Tabor High School this fall. He is an Eagle level participant and has been with The First Tee program more than four years. He is a contributing member of his high school golf team. Harvey is applying to participate in several of The First Tee’s national opportunities in 2013 including the Nature Valley Open at Pebble Beach, Calif.
All three will play in Monday’s Junior Am with the No. 6 junior golfer in North Carolina, Ben Schlottman from Advance. A rising senior at Forsyth Country Day School, Schlottman will play his college golf at Auburn University. Schlottman is in Aiken, S.C. this week playing in the Palmetto Amateur but will be back in time for Monday’s Junior-Am at the FJ Invitational. Last year, a group of First Tee kids played with Jason Hak who is currently playing on the Georgia Tech golf team.
“This opportunity is tremendous for these three First Tee kids,” First Tee of the Triad CEO Mike Barber said. “We teach life skills through golf, and while all of the First Tee Kids learn to play the game, having a chance to experience the game at this elite level is something that cannot be replaced. We are so appreciative of this opportunity, and we thank Bill Johnson and his staff at TCDI for making it possible again this year.”
The AJGA FJ Invitational is a 72-hole invitational tournament that is considered a “major” on the AJGA tour. Before tournament play begins on Tuesday, the annual Junior-Am, similar to a pro-am on the PGA TOUR, provides tournament sponsors an opportunity to play with the AJGA golfers who are some of the finest junior golfers in the world. The field features 15 of the top-25 players and 32 of the top-50 in the nation according to the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings.
“We appreciate Technology Concepts and Design’s continued support and their decision to support our AJGA event in addition to our PGA TOUR event,” Wyndham Championship tournament director Mark Brazil said. “TCDI has been a big supporter of the Wyndham Championship for several years now, and their decision to donate a Junior-Am team for The First Tee of the Triad for the second-straight year is just fantastic. We are all grateful to Bill Johnson and his team at TCDI for providing this wonderful opportunity for some of our First Tee of the Triad golfers – it will be a fantastic experience for them.”
Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (TCDI) was founded in 1988 to provide business and government clients with advanced application and system design services. Today, the company is recognized as a leader in the litigation software and services market, serving many Fortune 500 companies and AmLaw 200 law firms who operate in some of the most complex legal environments in the world.
The 12th annual FJ Invitational is set for June 10-14 at Sedgefield Country Club. Admission is free. Practice rounds begin Monday morning, June 10 with the AJGA Junior-Am tournament Monday afternoon. Tournament play begins Tuesday, June 11 and concludes Friday, June 14. For additional information on the event, please visit www.ajga.org.