First Tee – Silicon Valley Ace participants, Borina Sutitko and Sophie Thai tied for 2nd at the First Tee National Championship, June 20-25, 2021 at Clemson University. The first-ever event with a total of 48 players brought 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.
Both participants are excellent golfers, who are ranked nationally and play competitive tournaments in California and all around the country. Borina practices out of Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course in San Jose and Sophie practices at Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto.
“We were proud to see Borina and Sophie compete in this inaugural event, which provided them with a college level experience on and off the course” said George Maxe, President & CEO of FTSV. “Both participants have been part of our chapter for 9 years. We have been delighted to see them grow in character over the years and play at such a competitive level.”
Clemson University’s The Walker Course hosted the inaugural Championship. During the event both Sophie and Borina had 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. Additionally, First Tee National Championship provided the participants with the opportunity to network with others from across the country and take in the college experience.
The field included 24 boys and 24 girls, ages 14-19, who were selected based on their golf skill, competitive golf experience and handicap.
Sophie scored 71, 71, and 75, while Borina scored 72, 74, 71 over the three rounds.
Congratulations Sophie and Borina for their outstanding play and character throughout the tournament. FTSV is proud of you!