|Reppin’ The First Tee in Florida!|
Wow… this weekend has been such a rush. I attended a PwC Executive Forum in Florida on Friday morning, gave a speech Friday night, and spent Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday frolicking on the Florida beach and watching The Players Championship.
|The Infamous Hole 17 at TPC Sawgrass|
For those of you who don’t know: The PLAYERS Championship is a huge deal. It’s one of the biggest golf tournaments of the year and I got an all expenses paid trip to go. It’s surreal. I was really rooting for the cute 20-year old, Jordan Spieth, to win, but it just wasn’t in the cards this year. Next year, buddy, next year. Martin Kaymer won and he even spoke at the dinner I attended. (I was sitting in the front row and I winked at him. He smiled back. NBD.) He was literally just a few feet away from me. Why couldn’t I have looked cuter?
Seriously though, there’s just something about golf boys that get me. Every time.
And as you can see from the widest smiles you’ve ever seen on me, I had an absolutely ah-MAZING time. I met three other First Tee Scholars, Chris, Jessica, and Andrew, and we sure made one kick-ass motley crew. We’ll have to have a reunion.
How did I get selected to go?
Well, there’s this amazing program called The First Tee. The First Tee introduces golf to kids at young ages and teaches them valuable life lessons and core values through the game. The First Tee changed my life. It taught me to be a more confident, happier, and overall better person. I made friends through the First Tee when I first moved to Reno that I still have to this day. That’s about seven years and we’re closer than a lot of my other friends.
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking about starting golf or convincing a child to golf… do it. It’s by far the best decision I have ever made. The First Tee offers opportunities, like this one, to me all the time and every single opportunity is amazing if you take full advantage of it.
I applied after receiving an email blast sent to First Tee Scholars – Class of 2013 and was one of four participants selected to go. Of the four, I was selected to give a speech. I wrote a draft and everything. However, I forgot to print the speech so I put it on my phone. I began my speech, realized I forgot to take out my phone, and did the entire speech from memory and even made some of it up on the spot. I did pretty well if I do say so myself. I received compliments from endless PwC partners and clients and many ladies (even a few men) told me that my speech almost brought them to tears (in a good way). So… basically, I think I did pretty well. (Chris, I’m really humble.)
It was all-expenses-paid and PwC had amazing hospitality. I am actually currently writing this in an airport during my layover.
The airport fiasco: At 3:00 pm, I dragged my reluctant butt to a car that took me to the airport, about a 30 minute drive. I was devastated that I was missing the final day of the PLAYERS. With Kaymer and Spieth neck and neck, this was not a day I wanted to miss. My flight was scheduled to take off at 5:15 but when a crazy Florida thunder/lightning storm rolled in around 4, my plane was unable to land and the flight was delayed about 2 hours. I missed my connected flight and called PwC. They sent a car back to the airport, booked me an extra night at the hotel, and rebooked my flight (unfortunately at 5:30 am with a 4 hour layover in Atlanta, but, hey, it’s free).
Chris, a fellow scholar, came back to the airport with me. We checked in, literally threw our bags in his room, and ran to the tournament to catch the last hole. Spieth had an unfortunate day that left him tied for 4th, but we saw Kaymer make the winning putt. Even better, we were able to attend the Championship dinner and Martin Kaymer was speaking literally a few feet away from us. We took a super cute selfie.
Either way, I had an absolutely amazing time. The whole experience was a once-in-a-lifetime ordeal and I know it wouldn’t have been the same without the 3 other scholars that were there with me.
Also I’m super cute.
Man at the PLAYERS: “You look like you’re ready for the Kentucky Derby.”
Me: “Thank you. That’s one of the best compliments I have ever received.”
Black Floppy Hat: $20 at Boutique 816 (in Tucson)
Halter Dress: $35 at Boutique 816 (in Tucson)
Dolce Vita Sandals: $40 at Nordstrom
Cheers to the First Tee!