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Local First Tee Player Earns Spot in 2016 Wells Fargo Championship

Pictured: Meghan Mazumdar's mother Ruki (L), Wells Fargo Area President Kent McClun, Meghna Mazumdar, with father Manu (R)  

 

The First Tee of Connecticut is proud to announce that Meghna Mazumdar, 13, of South Windsor, has been named the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Wells Fargo Succeeding Together Contest, an essay contest that celebrates the tremendous impact The First Tee has on young people across the country. 

Wells Fargo created the contest in 2013 specifically for the 30,000+ teenage participants of The First Tee, a youth development organization that introduces young people to the game of golf and its inherent values at approximately 170 chapters across the United States.  The contest asked participants to write about the importance of developing and being part of a “Go-To-Team,” a Life Skill taught through The First Tee’s curriculum that fosters partnership and teamwork in all areas of life.  Meghna refers to her “Go-To-Team” as her Board of Directors, with her Mom serving as Board Chairman and her Dad as CFO.

“Meghna is a determined young lady who has already accomplished much,” said Kent McClun, Wells Fargo Area President for Greater Connecticut.  “She is wise beyond her years and will make Connecticut proud as she golfs alongside the best of the best.  Wells Fargo recognizes the value of relationships and how we can achieve great things by working together — in the classroom, on the golf course, and in our communities.”

Meghna demonstrates that same Wells Fargo spirit of “working together to achieve great things” by counting on trusted members of her “Go-To-Team” – her parents, coaches, teachers and friends– when advice is needed. 

As part of her Succeeding Together submission, Meghna shared that writing is her favorite subject, and that golf is her sport, but the Wells Fargo panel of judges was also impressed with her passion for investing.  When Meghna was 11-years-old, her Mom enrolled her in a 10-week investment class in her hometown, which to Meghna’s surprise became something she looked forward to each Saturday.  It sparked her interest so much that she wrote a letter to her investment idol Warren Buffett, who a few weeks later personally invited her to a shareholders’ meeting. Mr. Buffett has since been added to her iPhone under the category of “Elite-Go-To-Team”!  

All contest winners receive a four-day/three-night trip for two to Charlotte, N.C., to attend the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship and experience the excitement of a PGA TOUR event from inside the ropes.  As the grand prize winner, Meghna will be paired with a PGA TOUR player of her choice from the tournament’s field in the Pro-Am on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.  When asked what her primary goal is for the Pro Am, Meghna said “to have fun,” which is one of the very first lessons she learned from Coach Ted (Pisk) when she started with The First Tee of Connecticut six years ago.  Meghna’s parents gave credit to Coach Ted and Coach Marty (Sienko) for teaching both Meghna and her parents important Life Skills that they now use as a family.

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 – recognizing that little by little, Wells Fargo and The First Tee can work together to make a huge difference in the lives of so many kids.  As a National Trustee of The First Tee, Wells Fargo is proud to support the mission and values of The First Tee nationally and through support of select chapters across the country. 

More information about Wells Fargo’s Succeeding Together community program and the contest is located at: http://www.succeedingtogether.org.

About The First Tee

The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) 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.  With its home office located at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL, The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 of the United States and select international locations.  In 2015, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 4.7 million young people.  The First Tee’s Founding Partners are the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner.  Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair.

About The First Tee of Connecticut

The First Tee of Connecticut works to Impact, Influence and Inspire young people across the state in a fun, activity-based setting through its Life Skills Curriculum and the game of golf.  Our 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.

The First Tee of Connecticut is one of approximately 170 chapters around the country and in select international locations. Serving communities across Connecticut since 1999, more than 69,000 young people were introduced to the game through programs at 22 golf facilities and 147 schools in 2015.  Their programs are focused on building character through The First Tee Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgment.

 About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets.  Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.  With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 

2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations.  Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy their customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.  Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories

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About the CSGA

The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 50 Championships, Qualifiers and One-Day Tournaments throughout the year, in addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.