Local teenager tees it up with Tiger Woods after winning essay contest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A local San Antonio teenager got the chance of a lifetime to tee it up with his hero on Wednesday.
Shahbaz Hashmi, 17, of Alamo Heights High School, chose to play with Tiger Woods at the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship after winning the grand prize in the "Succeeding Together" essay contest created by The First Tee and Wells Fargo. Hashmi, who is the senior captain of the Mules golf team, had good reason to chose Woods over a deep field that featured six of the Top 10 players in the world, including Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas.
“Tiger Woods is unequivocally my hero, and has always been my first choice since I entered the contest if I won, and he was in the Wells Fargo Championship field,” Hashmi said. “Watching him dominate in a way no other athlete has in their respective sport has served as such an inspiration for not only me, but my entire generation. To experience a round of golf alongside him would be an absolute dream come true.”
Hashmi’s winning essay was selected by a national panel of judges from Wells Fargo, The First Tee, and the Wells Fargo Championship tournament office, which selected the 10 finalists, and ultimately the four winners. Three first-prize winners received a trip to the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship and the grand-prize winner received the thrill of playing golf with a PGA TOUR pro during the tournament's pro-am
“We were very impressed with Shahbaz’s essay, and all that he’s accomplished as a student and through the game of golf.," said Wells Fargo District Manager Robert Ortiz. "His ability to lead on and off the golf course is evident through his passion, integrity, determination, and tenacity. He truly exemplifies the qualities of a great leader.”
Hashmi serves as the president of The First Tee of Greater San Antonio Junior Advisory Board and is a coach and mentor to younger participants at the chapter. Hashmi has a +0.9 handicap and is member of his high school varsity golf team, and has held a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school.
“I have had the good fortune to surround myself by like-minded, driven golfers that push each other forward by just being around one another, thus I have never had to search for inspiration within me – it surrounds me,” Hashmi wrote in his essay.