Headline: The First Tee of Massachusetts' Matthew Naumec Gives Back to the Game Through the Leadership Links Program
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2013
Norton, MA — Giving back to the game is a constant for
many golfers, but when it comes from a junior golfer it is all that
The First Tee of Massachusetts was the recent recipient of a donation from a talented junior golfer who's on course success should come as no surprise.
Matthew Naumec, a native of Wilbraham,
MA, is the latest junior golfer to demonstrate his commitment to giving
back to the game through the Leadership Links Program offered by the
American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).
Leadership Links is a program that allows the AJGA to
further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching
charitable giving skills and service oriented practices at an early age.
This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to
donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA
youth development programs. Fundraising efforts allow juniors to raise
money for a charity of their choice and the AJGA youth development
This program has no administration fees and therefore
allows 100% of proceeds to be donated to the charities. Those juniors
raising money for a junior golf charity are eligible for a matching
funds grant from the United States Golf Association (USGA).
This past golf season, Matthew chose The First Tee of
Massachusetts as his charity of choice through the Leadership Links
Program and he did not disappoint. Matthew solicited pledges from his
local community and received donations based on the number of birdies he
made during AJGA competitions throughout the year, in much the same way
that the PGA Tour's "Birdies for Charity" operates. Over the course of 6
tournaments in which he posted two top-10 finishes, Matthew made 90
birdies and helped to raise nearly $1,700 for The First Tee of
"I want to thank the AJGA for providing this opportunity
for junior golfers to give back to their communities," said Naumec.
"Knowing that I could help out a program that helps introduce kids to
the game was a great incentive for me during the AJGA competitions."
Naumec, currently a 10th grader at Wilbraham &
Monson Academy (Wilbraham, MA), is a member at the Country Club of
Wilbraham and has compiled an impressive playing resume in his junior
career. This past December he represented Team New England at the US
Challenge Cup Matches played at the world famous Doral Golf Resort. The
juniors from Team New England pulled out a 2 point victory over a very
strong Team Florida.
"We are grateful for the support that Matthew, the AJGA,
and the USGA have provided to The First Tee of Massachusetts," said Joe McCabe,
executive director of The First Tee of Massachusetts. "It's great to
see kids give back to the game and to see them have an appreciation for
all that the game of golf can offer."
Congratulations to Matthew Naumec for his on-course
success and for being an ambassador for The First Tee of Massachusetts!