Charlotte, NC – May 1st, 2019
Wells Fargo and The First Tee recently announced the 2019 winners of the Succeeding Together essay contest. Kobe Narcisse, 14, from Gretna, was named the grand prize winner and will play in the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am with PGA TOUR player Jason Day on Wednesday. Narcisse selected to play with Day at the Tuesday evening Draw Party and will tee off at 9am EST on Wednesday at Quail Hollow Club. A freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna, Narcisse plays on the school’s football team and has been involved in The First Tee of Greater New Orleans for seven years.
“My goal when I play in the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am is to be competitive, fun, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime” said Narcisse.
Wells Fargo created the national contest specifically for the 30,000+teenage participants of The First Tee, a youth development organization dedicated to helping kids build character through the game of golf. The contest asked participants to reflect on their personal journeys for success including their application of The First Tee’s Nine Core Values.
“We’re excited to have one of the winners of Wells Fargo’s Succeeding Together contest from here in New Orleans,” said Nick Carey, marketing manager at Wells Fargo. “It was heart-warming to hear all of the wonderful stories that the contest participants shared through their essays. Wells Fargo believes when our communities thrive, we are all successful. We should all take great pride in the achievements of these young people and the leadership they have shown – in the classroom, on the golf course, and in our communities.”
Narcisse was one of four winners selected by a panel of judges from Wells Fargo, The First Tee, and the Wells Fargo Championship tournament office from the written submissions. A second participant from the New Orleans Chapter was recognized as one of six remaining finalists. Vicky Stephens,14, will also receive a $500 award for her essay entry. Stephens, a freshman at Mount Carmel Academy, has been in The First Tee program for four years.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have so many high-quality young people in our program here in New Orleans,” said The First Tee’s Executive Director, Chip Patterson. “For two of the 10 national finalists to come from our chapter speaks volumes about the coaches, parents and volunteers we have supporting our kids.”
In 2015, Wells Fargo deepened its relationship with The First Tee by becoming a national Trustee and further supporting the organization, its participants and volunteers. More information about Wells Fargo’s Succeeding Together community program and the contest is located at: http://www.succeedingtogether.
The First Tee of Greater New Orleans currently impacts over 30,000 young people in the community through its life skills, character education and healthy habits programs provided at local golf facilities, elementary schools and youth serving facilities. The First Tee currently has registration open for its summer camp programs that will take place at five golf course locations across the region. For more information or to register for programs, visit www.thefirstteenola.org <http://www.thefirstteenola.