2019 – Michael Quallich headed to Augusta
Michael Quallich, a participant of The First Tee of Pittsburgh in the South Hills, will be on his way this April to the Augusta National Golf Club for the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition.
Michael, a 9 year old (Par 3 level) player, finished first in his age group at the Drive, Chip and Putt regional qualifier last September at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. His regional victory qualified him for the finals at Augusta National during this year’s Masters week.
Michael said he really enjoys clinics and especially likes the golf related games he gets to play. He identified Perseverance as a Core Value that has helped him, “Because when you hit a bad shot you shouldn’t walk away, you should redo it until you hit a better one.” Michael credits lessons learned at The First Tee of Pittsburgh that have, “helped me do better and keep going on hard questions in school, and have confidence on a test.”
Michael, and his sister Bea, have been a part of First Tee programs for the last 3 years, currently participating in Winter indoor programming at the Wallace School Building in Baldwin.
Parents Justin and Missy Quallich believe that The First Tee of Pittsburgh has benefitted their children is many ways. “The core values that The First Tee is based on are values that we have tried to instill in Mike and his sisters since birth. The First Tee has provided the added outside assistance of driving those crucial points home with them. The First Tee allows them experience and practices those values in an uncommon scenario (golf) which then they carry over to school, home or any situation.”
Participation in The First Tee programs not only prepares kids like Michael for life’s challenges, but also offers national leadership and scholarship opportunities otherwise unavailable to students outside of the program.
Watch for Michael in the finals of this year’s competition to be broadcast live on the Golf Channel on Sunday, April 7.