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PGA TOUR star Jason Day, with putter under his left arm and a water bottle in right pocket, looks over and smiles at teen golfer Kobe Narcisse, also smiling and walking beside him. Both wear golf shirt and hats.
PGA TOUR star Jason Day gave teen golfer Kobe Narcisse tips during their 2019 Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am round together.

Mastering the moment: Teen gives Jason Day first-ever First Tee experience

Kobe Narcisse, member of The First Tee of Greater New Orleans and winner of Wells Fargo’s Succeeding TogetherSM essay contest, played the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am with Jason Day.

Imagine you’re 14 years old. You’ve just heard the 2015 PGA Championship winner introduced. You watch him step up to the tee, stripe a golf ball way down the fairway, and then turn and call your name to join him. There’s only one thing for you to do.

Fourteen-year-old Kobe Narcisse played with PGA TOUR pro Jason Day in the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am May 1, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (1:10)

You step up, club in hand, take a deep breath, concentrate, and do the same thing, just like you envisioned the night before in your hotel room.

“I thought I would be nervous at first, but after the first shot at the first tee, I was good. To Wells Fargo and The First Tee, thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime.”

— Kobe Narcisse

That’s how Kobe Narcisse from The First Tee of Greater New Orleans began his Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am round May 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina, with PGA TOUR star Jason Day.

The moment was impressive enough that a gallery member loudly yelled, “Go get ’em, Kobe,” seconds after impact.

The teen golfer was living a dream — playing Quail Hollow Club with Day, the PGA TOUR player of his choice (the foursome also included amateurs Doug Goodwillie and Jose Minaya) as the 2019 grand prizewinner of Wells Fargo and The First Tee’s Succeeding TogetherSM essay contest for participants of the The First Tee® youth development organization.

Narcisse is the seventh Succeeding TogetherSM contest winner to earn the honor of playing in the Wells Fargo Championship, but the first to play with Day, who was back in Charlotte to defend his 2018 Wells Fargo Championship title.

Panoramic view of the gallery and tents around the 10th hole of Quail Hollow Club.

Golfing with ‘one of the game’s best’

Less than 10 minutes before their tee time, Narcisse met Day for the first time on the practice putting green. “We’ve got a long day ahead of us, man,” Day said, introducing himself and shaking Narcisse’s hand. “I look forward to getting to know you.”

Before he teed off, Narcisse said what he looked forward to the most was learning how to play better golf from one of the game’s best, so Day gave him an impromptu putting lesson on Quail Hollow Club’s difficult greens.

“Jason is very nice,” Narcisse said. “He helps you out and is very welcoming. He gave me some drills I can use to start my putts off more online and hit the ball square which will help me hole more putts.”

Before the first hole was over, Narcisse followed up his drive with another good shot from a greenside bunker — softly landing the shot on the green near the hole. He continued to play well, parring on several holes and earning appreciative claps from the gallery.

After one particularly good shot, Day grinned, and gave Narcisse one of many pats on the backs and attaboys.

Kobe Narcisse smiles and looks to the left on the practice range of Quail Hollow Club before the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am. He wears a red striped shirt and white Wells Fargo Championship golf hat.
2019 Succeeding TogetherSM contest winner Kobe Narcisse, left, shakes hands with PGA TOUR golfer Jason Day on the Quail Hollow Club practice putting green. A Wells Fargo Championship official looks on in the background in front of gallery stands.
PGA TOUR golfer Jason Day, wearing white slacks and golf shoes, an orange shirt, and white hat, hits a tee shot during the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am in 2019 as several watch on the other side of gallery ropes.
Teen golfer Kobe Narcisse hits a tee shot during the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am. A few golf fans look in from the woods behind the tee.
PGA TOUR golfer holds his hands apart to teach a golf tip to 2019 Succeeding TogetherSM contest winner Kobe Narcisse standing to his right. Both wear golf shirts and hats. Kobe’s caddie, wearing gray golf shirt, black belt, and khaki pants, looks on
Kobe Narcisse puts a ball toward a hole on a golf green during the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am.
Teen golfer Kobe Narcisse, wearing red striped golf shirt and white hat, holds the finish with pitching wedge after a golf shot and watches the ball’s flight.
A golf ball is in midair above a golf green surrounded by sand with golfer Kobe Narcisse half visible in the bunker to the right. His golf bag is on a stand behind him next to a blue chair.
Teen golfer Kobe Narcisse at right, wearing red striped golf shirt, looks up at PGA TOUR golfer Jason Day and smiles. Day’s back is to the camera and looks toward Kobe. He wears an orange golf shirt.
Jason Day, right, has his hand on the right shoulder of Kobe Narcisse. Day wears an orange shirt and white golf hat and Narcisse to his left a red striped shirt and white golf hat. They stand on the practice green of Quail Hollow Club with the clubho
2019 Succeeding TogetherSM contest winner Kobe Narcisse is ready to start his Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am after hitting a few balls on the practice range.
Narcisse meets PGA TOUR star Jason Day, his Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am partner, before the start of their round.
Day hits a tee shot during the Wells Fargo Championship. Narcisse said he enjoyed watching Day play and learning from him throughout their round.
Narcisse hits one of many long drives during the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.
Day, right, gives Narcisse another golf tip during their Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am round while caddie Nick Eberhardt waits for golfers to clear the green.
Narcisse tries to sink a putt on the back nine of Quail Hollow Club during his round with Day.
Narcisse watches the flight of a pitching wedge approach shot to a green.
Day commended Narcisse for his sand play, including this shot from a greenside bunker.
Narcisse is all smiles after Day compliments him on their golf round together.
Narcisse and Day before the start of their round. This was Day’s first time golfing with a member of a First Tee chapter.

“This is unique,” Day said of his Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am round with Narcisse. “This is the first time I’ve actually played with a kid from The First Tee. These are standout kids, and Kobe is a standout kid and developing nicely as a golfer.

“This is unique. This is the first time I’ve actually played with a kid from The First Tee. These are standout kids, and Kobe is a standout kid and developing nicely as a golfer."

— Jason Day

“What the First Tee teaches is pretty remarkable and, based on how the kids come out of the program, you can just obviously see the impact it’s having overall, and has had on Kobe’s life.”

Another thing Day found remarkable was Narcisse’s strength. After he hit his own tee shot on the par-4 9th hole, Day walked up to the regular tees to watch his three amateur playing partners hit their tee shots and have them analyzed in the Radar Pro-Am Experience.

After seeing the data flash on the screen — Kobe’s shot carried 262 yards in the air and rolled another 25 more for 287 yards of total distance — he read off the numbers on the screen to everyone around, and said, “especially for a 14 year-old, that’s pretty impressive.”

Narcisse’s dad, Robert, was listening along the gallery ropes and burst into a huge smile. “When a major champion says something like that about your son and one of his golf shots,” he said, “it’s a big deal. This experience is amazing. This is the most exciting thing that Kobe has done in his 14 years — other than actually being born and coming into this world.”

Panoramic view of the gallery, hole No. 1 and other areas at Quail Hollow Club

In addition to his parents and aunt, Narcisse was followed around the course by his best friend and fellow First Tee of Greater New Orleans chapter member, Logan Batiste, who rode in a car for nearly 10 hours with his mom to watch his friend play.

“I wouldn’t miss it for anything,” Batiste said. “We planned out the course before he came here and how he would play each hole, and I think he executed it well today. He hit the shots he needed to hit. Of course, the greens out here are very hard, but they are hard for everyone, and he did great. I’m very proud of him.”

Also on hand to cheer on Narcisse was Chip Patterson, executive director of The First Tee of Greater New Orleans. “You’re not going to see a smile come off of Kobe’s face for the next several weeks,” he said. “I could tell he had a wonderful time.”

Team Day finished at 8 under in the Pro-Am, capping a great day of golf and an experience Narcisse will not soon forget.

“I thought I would be nervous at first,” Narcisse said, “but after the first shot at the first tee, I was good. To Wells Fargo and The First Tee, thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime.”

A Wells Fargo stagecoach stands on a practice putting green at Quail Hollow Club.
A Wells Fargo stagecoach is displayed at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.
Contributors: Christopher Frers and Connie Ledgerwood
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