Twelve participants from The First Tee to play alongside LPGA professionals

Participants from The First Tee to Play Alongside LPGA Pros During P&G NW Arkansas Championship

ROGERS, Ark. - Twelve participants from The First Tee have been selected to play alongside LPGA professionals in The First Tee MARS Challenge, which will take place Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11, during the first and second rounds of The P&G NW Arkansas Championship presented by Walmart.

The First Tee, a youth development organization which teaches young people life skills and core values through the game of golf, has selected participants from 12 of its Chapters, including local Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas and Ft. Smith locations, to participate in this inaugural event. Each of the 12 participating Chapters will receive a $5,000 donation from Walmart.

"We are extremely proud to have these young people participate in what will be a memorable event for them," said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. CEO of The First Tee. "The participants selected have demonstrated their understanding of The First Tee Nine Core Values and life skills learned at their Chapter both on and off the golf course."

The First Tee participants will be paired with LPGA Tour professionals during the first and second championship rounds of the P&G NW Arkansas Championship. The male and female participant with the lowest score of the best ball, two-day team competition will win The First Tee MARS Challenge Trophy.

The First Tee selected participants based on age, USGA handicap and knowledge of The First Tee Nine Core Values and life skills taught throughout the Chapter network.

Participants selected for The First Tee MARS Challenge include:
Hannah Brauburger, The First Tee of Central Arkansas Stephanie Leake, The First Tee of Central Arkansas
Amberlee Brooks, The First Tee of Nashville Nadia Majidi, The First Tee of Tulsa
Abshir Esse, The First Tee of Memphis Addision Mitchell, The First Tee of Fort Smith
Garret Ford, The First Tee of Fort Smith Gina Nuzzo, The First Tee of Louisville
Ryan Glover, The First Tee of Dallas Cain Rocha, The First Tee of Fort Worth
Thatcher Keast, The First Tee of Salina Daniel Watkins, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

The pairings for The First Tee MARS Challenge will be announced on Wednesday, September 8.

Additional participants from area Chapters will have the opportunity to participate in the Pro-Am event on Thursday, September 9.

Tickets to the tournament are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.nwachampionship.com or by calling (479) 715-6100. Daily tickets are $25 for championship play, Friday through Sunday. Week-long grounds badges can be purchased for $50. Admission is free to the public Monday through Thursday. Children 17-years old and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

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