Borina Sutikto selected for 2019 Congaree Global Golf Initiative

Categories: 2019, May, Newsletter

We are thrilled that our very own TFTSV participant Borina Sutikto has been accepted for Congaree Foundation’s 2019 Congaree Global Golf Initiative (CGGI) to be held in June at Congaree in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

Borina is in the 10th grade at Connecting Waters Charter School with a 4.o GPA and +2.0 USGA Golf Handicap Index. She started with The First Tee of Silicon Valley at age 8 in January 2012 and is currently in the ACE level program and volunteering as a Junior Coach.

When asked if attending college and playing collegiate golf is something she would like to do, Borina shared how learning about The First Tee Core Value: Perseverance has impacted her growth and goal setting. She said, “Attending college and playing collegiate golf has been my dream since I started my golf lessons with The First Tee of Silicon Valley in 2012. Through the years, I have developed a love for competition, and an understanding of what it means to be disciplined, goal oriented, and the value of hard work. I play golf because it embodies those life-enhancing core values. A college education opens the doors to opportunities I would not have otherwise; it helps me gain new knowledge and gives me a competitive edge, which will benefit me lifetime. Playing college golf will be a wonderful experience to me because I can play golf with teammates and accumulate more experience in the game. I have been playing music with different symphonies for six years and understanding how to work together with teammates to ‘transform the jangling discords into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.’ Through higher education studies plus collegiate golf competition, I can grow professionally in both areas.”

This year’s CGGI will host 30 participants from across the globe over the course of three one-week sessions.  Participants will work with academic advisors, fitness counselors and golf professionals to prepare for the college admissions process and future success on the golf course and in the classroom at a four-year college or university.  All instruction and training is administered by carefully selected and skilled professionals who provide a structured learning experience for participants through both individual and group-based training.  Participants were selected competitively.  There is no cost for transportation, lodging, meals, equipment or instruction.

CGGI was founded by golf enthusiasts Dan Friedkin and Bob McNair as a world class golf club with a philanthropic purpose.  Mr. Friedkin and Mr. McNair, along with Congaree Ambassadors around the world, are committed to providing life-changing experiences for deserving high school students with limited opportunities through Congaree Foundation.  Its signature program is the Congaree Global Golf Initiative (CGGI), which is an intensive athletic and academic college preparatory program committed to helping motivated young men and women prepare for their future.

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