Leila Dizon Wins The David Cohen Nine Core Values Award at The First Tee College Golf Prep Academy

The award acknowledged Leila's comittment to courtesy, judgement, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility and perseverance throughout the week.

Leila Dizon, currently a Junior at Marlborough, attended The First Tee College Golf Prep Academy in Reno, Nevada, from July 20th - 27th.

Twenty-four junior golfers ages 15 - 18 were selected by a national panel of judges to participate in this year's Academy where they experienced golf instruction, guest speakers and life skills focused on increasing their ability to compete at a higher level, both athletically and academically. The Academy's interactive sessions included golf technique, education, career exploration, physical fitness, nutrition, and golf equipment fitting.

"I definitely want to play in college," said Leila. "That's basically what the whole camp was. You have to go practice in the morning, then attend some classes or listen to a guest speaker, then practice and play more and be with the team."

The First Tee program is built around nine core values: courtesy, judgment, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, and perseverance. Leila won the David Cohen Nine Core Values Award, acknowledging her embodiment of these core values throughout the week.

"I had no idea I was going to win!" said Leila. "I was a little bit down because I got second place at the tournament, so this was a good consolation."

Leila has been playing golf since she was nine years old and has participated in other The First Tee events including last year's Nature Valley First Tee Open where she received the Core Value Cup Award for her second place tournament finish. Leila also volunteers with The First Tee as a junior coach.

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