The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas

Working with a “Go-To-Team” helps you become a better student, better citizen, better golfer, and better prepared for life. How has working with a “Go-To-Team” had a positive impact on one of these areas for you?

Working with my “Go-To-Team” has helped me better prepare for life and become a better citizen. Last year, I was honored to attend The Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit (OPLS) in Florida. I planned a service project with my Brother to benefit our community. One of Wells Fargo’s values is diversity and inclusion. Our project “Buddy Tee” is designed to increase diversity and inclusion in our chapter. The goal of this program is to teach exceptional children golf skills while implementing The First Tee’s nine core values.

My “Go-To-Team” for “Buddy Tee” consists of the Coastal Carolinas First Tee Chapter staff and volunteers, my Family, and members of the community. We met frequently to develop and refine a marketing plan and create the curriculum. Members of the community have helped us understand our participants’ needs and assist with marketing our program to potential participants.

Our first of four sessions are scheduled next week. I am so excited to meet these exceptional children and share my love of golf and The First Tee! By creating “Buddy Tee” and working with my “Go-To-Team,” I’ve learned how to effectively plan, demonstrate positive leadership, market and advertise, and most importantly how to help the community.

Discuss a time you were part of someone’s “Go-To-Team.” How did you help them become better at achieving their goal or goals?

Last summer, I had the privilege of being a part of a fellow Boy Scout’s “Go-To-Team.” I volunteered to help him complete his Eagle Scout Project. His project was to build picnic tables for a local elementary school. This service project is consistent with one of Wells Fargo’s values of providing leadership in service to the community. This “Go-To-Team” consisted of younger Scouts, older Scouts, and adult leaders. My responsibility was to lead a group of younger Scouts in the assembly of the picnic tables. I taught them how to use certain tools, made a template for the assembly, and created an efficient process for completion. I saw first-hand the increase in confidence and pride these younger Scouts developed while being a part of this team. It is also a demonstration of The First Tee Core Value of Responsibility. On this “Go-To-Team”, we all had our responsibilities that were necessary to complete the task in an efficient and effective manner.

While serving as a member of this “Go-To-Team,” I helped my fellow Scout complete his project on-time, within budget, and ultimately earn his Eagle Scout Rank.

Tell us about a mentor or role model with whom you have built a quality relationship. How had this individual helped you achieve your personal goals?

A person who has been an outstanding role model for me is my High School golf coach, Jeff Register. While taking carpentry classes with him, I learned life-long skills that I have used while completing my Eagle Scout project.

He is truly an inspirational man and demonstrates one of Wells Fargo’s and the First Tee’s Core Values of integrity. He is always honest with students, parents and school officials. I strive to live with him every day.

Years ago he was involved with negative things and his life was going down the wrong path. One day he found Christianity and decided to accept Jesus. He turned his life around and now serves as a prison minister and devotes his time to the community. He also teaches many (rough or troubled) kids at my High School and serves as a mentor for them. He is honestly the most humble person I have ever met. He has helped me achieve my personal goals, not only golf goals. He has helped me grow in my Faith, taught me to look at life in a new way, has changed the way I judge people, and helped me to appreciate life.