Meet Leonardo Villegas Luiz, an 8th grade student at Ohlone Middle School in San Jose. He has been in our program since 2018 and is an active participant advancing to the Birdie level. Additionally, he has participated in our STEM classes, Golf Play classes, and in our seasonal tournaments. Most recently he has represented our chapter during a $15,000 check presentation at the PGA TOUR Superstore.
Leonardo’s passion for the sport and for the program is unquestioned. He has a competitive spirt that helps him succeed. Last summer he won a national First Tee contest that required him to submit an essay and drawing about the impact First Tee has had on his life. His award was free tickets for he and his family to attend the US Open at Pebble Beach, a place he loves ever since he attended his first FTSV field trip to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Leonardo says, “the First Tee has changed my life. I used to be really shy and had low self-confidence. After joining I became more respectful, outgoing and responsible. My love of golf has only grown bigger because of the First Tee.”
Leonardo, with the help of his brother and mother attends every First Tee – Silicon Valley season. The classes are better when he is involved as his enthusiasm and drive has a positive effect on his peers and coaches.
We are grateful to have Leonardo as a participant in our program! Go Leonardo!
If you are interested in joining Leonardo and taking a FTSV class? Please visit our Youth Classes Page. Our Winter season will begin December 1st and registration will begin November 4th at 10am.