Senior Michael Harris Chosen to Attend the First Tee Golf Life Skills and Academy

Written by:  John Nee '93

St. Rita senior Michael Harris (Oakdale Christian Academy, Chicago) was one of 96 high school students out of over 1,000 applicants chosen to attend the First Tee Golf Life Skills & Academy at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota this past July.

Harris began golfing a little over a year ago and started taking lessons at the First Tee of Hammond where he also coached younger kids.  He spent over 300 hours volunteering this past summer, and he received the 2016 First Tee of Hammond Ray Kenda Nine Core Values Leadership Award.

Harris applied to the National Sports Center after receiving the Ray Kenda Award.  The application was based on academic standing, golfing ability, and contributions to leadership in your community.  After he was one of 96 high school students chosen to attend the academy, Harris spent five days in Minnesota meeting students from all over the country and touring the University of Minnesota while also getting the opportunity to play at the exclusive White Bear Golf Club in Minnesota.  Harris was the only person chosen from Illinois or Indiana to attend the academy, and he finished fifth in the tournament in his division.

Because of his hard work this past summer, Harris was granted an internship at The First Tee of Hammond for next summer where he will continue to work with young golfers on their game while improving his own game.