First Tee Ladies Junior-Am Sponsored by Fidelity Bank presented by UnitedHealthcare raises $30,000 for local youth participants

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GRETNA – The First Tee of Greater New Orleans hosted its 2nd Annual Ladies Junior-Am golf event on Tuesday, November 6th, to raise funds for its youth development programs that target female youth and teen participants. The event was sponsored by Fidelity Bank and its P.O.W.E.R (Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized) business development and networking program that provides opportunities throughout the year that are designed to bring women in business together to connect and engage with one another.

The event was hosted at Timberlane Country Club and featured an 18-hole scramble of female golfers paired with First Tee youth and teen female participants. The winning team consisted of Angelle Verges, Megan Ripoll, Clare Ripoll and Nicole Verges, who shot 5 under par.

The Junior-Am was presented by UnitedHealthcare and included a Closest to the Pin competition sponsored by A Plus Packaging & Shipping, Longest Drive sponsored by Your Golf Event, Hole-In-One competition sponsored by Bohn Toyota, Practice Facilities sponsored by Dining with Deb and Beverages sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Company United.

The event featured breakfast provided by McDonald’s and lunch provided by Ms. Linda Green the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Marrow’s, Moisant Kiwanis, The Fresh Market, Balcony Ballroom and Nothing Bundt Cakes. On course photography for the event was provided by New Orleans Snapshots. The event also featured a raffle with hotel stays, restaurant gift cards and other prizes.

“We greatly appreciate Fidelity Bank’s support for this 2nd annual event. This is a fun way to bring together the local female golf community to help raise funds to engage the next generation of female golfers to participate in The First Tee program. Right now, we have about 40% female participants in our program and our goal is to reach 50% in the coming year,” said Chip Patterson, Executive Director of The First Tee.

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans currently impacts nearly 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. Participants in The First Tee program are introduced to the sport of golf, while learning skills such as goal-setting, managing emotions and resolving conflicts. The program emphasizes Nine Core Values (confidence, responsibility, respect, honesty, judgment, perseverance, sportsmanship, integrity and courtesy) at every level of instruction.

For more information about The First Tee of Greater New Orleans’ winter classes for youth and teens ages 5-18, call 504-304-3309 or visit

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