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Levy, Barber named First Tee Scholars

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A pair of Triangle high school students were named First Tee Scholars recently, making them eligible for college financial assistance through the junior golf program.

Amanda Levy and Vance Barber are among 102 scholars chosen nationally through the First Tee program.

“We are particularly proud of Amanda and Vance for exemplifying The Fire Tee Nine Core Values in their lives and for applying those skills to their academic performance and success, and we congratulate them both,” said Brandon Baker, executive director of The First Tee of the Triangle. “This is an exciting honor for our chapter to have two selections to this elite group of scholars, as it is highly competitive with 187 chapters in the network."

Barber is a senior at Millbrook High School, where he has participated in its morning news program and the marching band for four years. He will attend the University of North Carolina-Asheville to pursue a degree in news media and design.

Levy is a senior at Wake Forest High School who will attend the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where she will continue her golf career. She joined the Triangle chapter of The First Tee at its inception in 2004. She has grown to be a role model and accomplished golfer, and she finished the end of last year in the top 20 female golfers in North Carolina. Levy represented the chapter as one of 81 youth players and only 27 girls in the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event, in September.

Barber and Levy now have the opportunity to apply for any educational scholarship programs offered through The First Tee to attend a participating college or university and continue their post-secondary studies. Since 2003, the program has designated 623 teen participants as scholars and funded 112 scholarships worth more than $1 million.

J. Eric Eckard writes about all things golf on his second golfer blog. You also can follow him on Twitter.

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