Vol 22 March 2014

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Partner Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

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Succeeding Together is a national community program created by Wells Fargo to celebrate the importance of having a coach or mentor in the lives of America's youth.

The company hosts events, including at the Wells Fargo Championship, to bring this message to life for the thousands of students enrolled in The First Tee, a World Golf Foundation program that builds character through golf at nearly 200 local chapters across the U.S.

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During the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship, Wells Fargo hosted the fifth annual Succeeding Together event in Charlotte. The event featured five of the PGA TOUR's top young players who talked, read and golfed with the students enrolled at The First Tee of Charlotte's after-school program. The pro golfers in attendance included:

  • 2013 Wells Fargo Championship winner Derek Ernst
  • J.J. Henry
  • Morgan Hoffman
  • Scott Langley (a former student of The First Tee)
  • Webb Simpson

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The golfers and students took turns reading pages from the book My Name Is Not Alexander, which was followed by an interactive golf skills clinic. Wells Fargo also presented a donation of $100,000 to The First Tee of Charlotte to help support the continued growth of the organization.

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As part of the national expansion of the Succeeding Together program, Wells Fargo again offered the 30,000-plus teenage participants of The First Tee in the U.S. the chance to submit a video essay about a coach or mentor in their life that has helped them succeed. This year's Grand Prize winner, 14-year-old Alejandra Ayala from Atlanta, won the opportunity to play the Quail Hollow Club with PGA TOUR superstar Rory McIlroy during the Wells Fargo Championship's Pro-Am.

Ayala and the three other contest winners — selected by judges from Wells Fargo, The First Tee, and the Wells Fargo Championship tournament office — each received a four-day, three-night tournament experience.

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Ayala entered the 2013 Succeeding Together contest but was not a winner. She showed perseverance (one of the nine core values of The First Tee program) in creating a new video, which took this year's top award. In her video, Ayala demonstrated how one of her mentors at The First Tee of Atlanta encourages her to make her own decisions and be independent, but to also be accountable for her actions.