A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits a group of Iowa junior golfers at the Wells Fargo Junior Pro-Am, Tuesday, Aug. 19. Thirty-six golfers ages 12-18 will tee it up with Champions Tour players during the second-annual Wells Fargo Junior Pro-Am at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines.
Kyle Nielsen, a student at Storm Lake Community High School, is among those chosen to play with the pros.
"I think it will be a great experience to play golf with a professional," said Nielsen, who is just 15. "I think I will learn a lot. I hope to have a good time and enjoy the occasion."
The junior golfers were selected based on a variety of criteria, including a 100- to 200-word essay they submitted about their favorite athlete's charity work and how it inspires them to contribute to their community and/or school.
"Once again, we're proud to give Iowa junior golfers a truly unique opportunity to learn from some of the legends of the game," said Pete Wissinger, president and CEO of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. "The Wells Fargo Junior Pro-Am also gives the Champions Tour members a chance to share their love of the game with a new generation of golfers."
The Wells Fargo Junior Pro-Am begins with a shot-gun start at 10 a.m. and will include nine teams of four junior golfers. Each team of junior golfers will be paired with one Champions Tour professional during the nine-hole, non-scoring tournament. The Champions Tour participants will be announced at a later time.
Wissinger will present a $5,000 check at 9 a.m. Tuesday to benefit the school of the golfer who submitted the top essay as selected by the Wells Fargo judging panel. The check presentation will be followed by a one-hour instructional clinic for the junior golfers led by Champions Tour professionals.
In addition to being selected to participate in the Wells Fargo Junior Pro-Am, each junior player will receive four tickets to the 2003 Allianz Championship, including the three-day 54-hole championship for tour pros.
"With a field that includes nine of the top 10 money leaders from the 2002 season, we're looking forward to another exciting championship," Wissinger said.