Alanis Santiago Maldanado got her line, settled on the ball, and fired her putter back and through with a slow, sure shot.
The ball passed under a barrier with hanging medals, climbed a slight slope through a black pipe, exited the other end and fell into the hole as if it had eyes for an ace.
Not a bad first shot on the hole she co-designed with fellow First Tee member – North Florida, Manyi Ngo.
Maldanado, a high school student from Yulee and Ngo, a high school student from Stanton, entered a competition to design holes for the Morgan Stanley Eagles for Impact tent, which sits along the 18th fairway of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass this week at The Players Championship. The Eagles for Impact partners with brand ambassadors Justin Rose and Cheyenne Woods to support The First Tee, and will donate $5,000 for every eagle performed during The Players to recruit, develop and retain diverse junior golf coaches.
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To date, Morgan Stanley, one of The Players’ three presenting partners, has donated more than $1.2 million to the program.
Members of First Tee designed their holes using computer graphics and drawings, and they were built in the Morgan Stanley tent.
The hole designed by Maldanado and Ngo had touches unique to both.
Medals hanging from a U-shaped overhang represented, for Maldanado, aiming high in life.
“Medals are about the goals you set for yourself,” said Maldanado, who plans to play golf at Newberry (SC) College.
Behind the hole was a big stuffed banana, an idea of Ngo, who wants to major in graphic design and sees UNF, UCF and FAU as his college destination.
“I like asymmetrical designs and for me it added that to the hole,” she said.
Fans can stop by the Eagles for Impact tent to learn more about the initiative and play the three-hole putting course. In addition to the one designed by Maldanao and Ngo, Jacob Davis (homeschooled) and Bryson Hughes (Creekside) designed one of the other holes.
Schauele’s Golden Moment
Xander Schauele lost track of his Olympic golf medal.
Don’t worry…he didn’t lose it. His parents have it and he’s pretty sure he’s safe. He’s just not sure of his physical location.
“I feel like the last time I saw him was on the podium,” he said of his award for winning the 2021 Olympic golf tournament. parents have it. They just do showboating. I have no idea where it is in all honesty. It’s in the house I grew up in. I have no idea where where she is now.
Schauffele also lost track of the medal once while in his possession. When he traveled to Japan last fall, he had it in his backpack, but forget that fact when he went through the TSA line.
“I kind of put it in the back of my bag that I travel with where my iPad goes,” he said. because I just slipped it in there when I was going on a trip. The guy said to me, ‘there’s something circular in your bag.’ So I pull it out, and he’s like, ‘wow, what is that? Is it like a line or something?’ And I looked at it like, no, it’s real. He looked at me and he said, what do you have – is it yours or is it someone else’s?
Great First Coast Golf Memories
Joseph Bramlett is playing in his first Players Championship, meaning he’s been playing a professional tournament on the First Coast since the summer of 2020, when the Korn Ferry Tour returned to action with two previously unscheduled events that were played at the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course and the King & Bear World Golf Hall of Fame.
Bramlett tied for second behind List of Luke to the Valley and tied for third behind Chris Kirk at the King & Bear. He was a cumulative 34 under in those two events, with all eight rounds in the 60s.
But his favorite memory, for obvious reasons, is the albatross that hardly anyone else outside of the players and caddies in his group saw, on the 18th hole of the King & Bear in the final round He used a iron 6 from 232 yards to land the shot for a 64. At the time, that gave him the edge.
“I took the lead for about a minute,” Bramlett said Wednesday at a news conference for new player entrants. “It was exciting. It was really cool and really weird because when you play the 72nd hole it’s usually crowded there.
Na completes his quartet
Kevin Na may one day fill a quartet with his children
Na withdrew from the Players Championship earlier this week due to the impending birth of his third child. Monday, his wife Julienne give birth to Logan Leehn Na.
“Mom and baby are doing well,” Na shared on Twitter. “We feel extremely blessed. Welcome to the Na Logan family! #giftofgod #family #3″
Five-time PGA Tour winner Na also withdrew from the 2019 BMW Championship over the birth of his second child, Leo Lee Woo Na. They also have a daughter, Sophie Ria Na.
Players, Optum extends
Optum has extended its presenting partnership agreement with The Players until 2028.
Optum is also one of the sponsors of 2019 Players Champion Rory McIlroy. In partnership with McIlroy, Optum helped fund the Ascension St. Vincent Foundation Mobile Health Unit.
Morgan Stanley and Grant Thornton are the other player presentation partners.