Members of our golf teams are definitely “above par,” demonstrated by their dedication to serving others. Tim Bunten ’17, Michael Childress ’18, Lansdon Robbins ’18, Braxton Tracy ’18, and Michael Sanders ’18 recently played in the Carolina Cup, a junior charity golf tournament. The event, organized by Michael Sanders and his parents in association with the American Junior Golf Association, brings together some of the top junior golfers from across the state to raise money for several golf-related charities. As a result of their efforts, $62,000 was raised to benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, the ACE grant program of the AJGA, and the First Tee program of the Sandhills. Michael Childress and Braxton Tracy raised over $5,000 individually, and were selected to go to West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, November 12 to meet Jack Nicklaus and Rickie Fowler.
In addition, Michael Sanders won the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award given by the American Junior Golf Association at their year-end banquet at PGA National on November 20. This national award is given to one junior golfer a year who displays extraordinary sportsmanship and integrity on and off the golf course, giving back to others through the game of golf, and having a positive impact on others. To hear Michael’s acceptance speech, you can click here.
Our boy golfers are not the only ones exemplifying spirit and drive both on and off the course. Muskan Uppal ’19 has raised more than $3,000 through the Birdies for Charity program, supporting First Tee of Charlotte. She was featured on the Cornelius Today website (you can read the article here). Muskan, along with Amanda Sambach ’21, also recently qualified for the prestigious US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. At the qualifier, they competed against 22 other teams composed of high school, collegiate, and other amateur golfers. Muskan and Amanda, two of the top junior golfers in the state, will likely be the youngest team competing at the tournament.
Cannon School is proud of the hard work and dedication of these students. In our book, they always “make the cut!”