Logan Batiste and Cassidy Lambert compete in the Inaugural First Tee National Championship

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Batiste and Lambert will showcase golf skills among 48 other teens from across First Tee network at The Walker Course at Clemson University on June 20-25

New Orleans – Logan Batiste and Cassidy Lambert of First Tee Greater New Orleans, are competing in the First Tee National Championship, which started on Tuesday at Clemson University. The first-ever event with a total of 48 players brings together First Tee’s elite golfers for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play at the collegiate or next level. The tournament was postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While COVID protocols will be in effect, the 54-hole event will take place and the winners of each girls’ and boys’ divisions will be awarded with the Tattersall Cup and also will earn an exemption into the PGA TOUR Champions’ PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee held at Pebble Beach Golf Links September 21-26, 2021.

“We’re proud to see two participants, Logan and Cassidy, from our area compete in this inaugural event, which will provide both of them with a college level experience on and off the course” said Chip Patterson, Executive Director of First Tee Greater New Orleans. “Both have been part of our chapter for several years and we’re all really impressed with their growth over the years in character development, as well as in level of play.”

First Tee National Championship will be held annually at various college campuses around the nation providing First Tee participants the opportunity to network with others from across the country and take in the college experience.

Clemson University’s The Walker Course is set to host the inaugural Championship. During the week, Batiste and Lambert will have the opportunity to hear from PGA Head Golf Professional Steve Scott on how his values intersected with his experience of finishing Runner-Up to Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship.

The field includes 24 boys and 24 girls, ages 14-19, who were selected based on their golf skill, competitive golf experience and handicap. Players will come from 32 First Tee chapters across the country.

First Tee Greater New Orleans is a youth development organization dedicated to helping young people learn life skills and build character through the game of golf. First Tee National Championship is one of more than 10 national opportunities provided by First Tee headquarters to empower and motivate teens as they progress through the program and toward higher education opportunities. For more information on First Tee Greater New Orleans, visit www.firstteenola.org. For more information on the tournament and First Tee, visit www.thefirsttee.org.

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About First Tee Greater New Orleans
First Tee Greater New Orleans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Operating its afterschool and outreach programs at over 70 locations, First Tee Greater New Orleans reaches over 30,000 young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving agencies throughout the region.

Since its inception in 1997, First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 15 million young people in all 50 states and select international locations. First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

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