First Bank branch managers throughout the Carolinas and Virginia will work with their area Rotary Club to help local high school aged golfers achieve their dream of playing in a national tournament at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
“First Bank is proud to partner with Nations Golf as they pave the way for national junior travel team golf,” said First Bank President and CEO Jerry Ocheltree.
“This is a great opportunity for the young golfers of all backgrounds and abilities in our communities to proudly represent their hometown in a national tournament.”
First Bank and Nations Golf are seeking local high school aged golfers, including graduating seniors, to represent their community on a 4-person team that will compete in the Nations Golf Classic against 39 other teams from across the country. Players and coaches will spend seven days and six nights at the PGA Village, visit the PGA Historical Center, home of the Ryder Cup, all four Major Championship trophies and the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, and play on three championship courses owned and operated by The PGA of America.
“We’re looking forward to a great working relationship with First Bank,” said Nations Golf Director, Jeremy Clouse. “It’s companies like First Bank that help shape our communities. Their support will benefit young people across the region by helping them become great team players, both in the game and in life.”
Each team selected to participate in the Nations Golf Classic will have the opportunity to play four 18-hole rounds of golf and participate in skill competitions. Nations Golf, in accordance with the standards set by The PGA of America, provides a cultural exchange and life enrichment experience creating memories that will last a lifetime.
This year, Nations Golf will host five weeklong tournaments in June and July. The Nations Golf Classic is recognized by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, which earns the recognition of collegiate golf coaches nationwide. Teams interested in participating should contact their local First Bank branch.
First Bank will work with local Rotary members to help players organize a fundraising event, such as a “captain’s choice” or “scramble” golf tournament. In keeping with Nations Golf’s motto of “no player left behind”, funds raised will allow any player to participate in the Nations Golf Classic and directly support the local team by covering registration fees and travel expenses.
Lou Presutti, founder of Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, New York, launched Nations Golf in 2009. Lou has been a pioneer in travel baseball tournaments, and envisions the same level of tournament excitement for youth travel golf. The mission of Nations Golf is to promote a caliber of play that allows young players to experience the purity of golf as it was meant to be, with no players left behind.
First Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Troy, North Carolina with total assets of approximately $3.6 billion. Its principal activity is the ownership and operation of First Bank, a state-chartered community bank that operates 91 branches, with 77 branches operating in the central piedmont and coastal regions of North Carolina, nine branches in South Carolina (Cheraw, Dillon, Florence, Latta, Jefferson, and Little River), and five branches in Virginia (Abingdon, Dublin, Fort Chiswell, Radford, and Wytheville), where First Bank does business as First Bank of Virginia.
First Bank also has a loan production office in Blacksburg, Virginia. First Bancorp’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “FBNC.”