Wells Fargo has announced the winners of Succeeding TogetherSM, an essay contest that celebrates the importance of working together to achieve life goals.
The grand prize winner is Meghna Mazumdar, 13, from The First Tee of Connecticut, who is a back-to back Connecticut Nutmeg State Games golfing champ for her age group. Meghna now gets to play Quail Hollow Club with the PGA TOUR pro of her choice May 4 in the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Kent McClun, Wells Fargo’s area president for Greater Connecticut, surprised Meghna with a bouquet of flowers and the news that she’d won the grand prize April 14 at The First Tee of Connecticut’s headquarters in Cromwell.
“Meghna is wise beyond her years and will make Connecticut proud as she golfs alongside the best of the best,” McClun says. “Wells Fargo recognizes the value of relationships and how we can achieve great things by working together — in the classroom, on the golf course, and in our communities. She counts on trusted members of her Go-To team of parents, coaches, teachers, and friends when she needs advice.”
Meghna, a southpaw golfer whose favorite PGA TOUR stars are fellow lefties Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, hugged her mother, Ruki, and then shared a group hug with McClun and her father, Monosij, when she learned she’d be playing in the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am.
“I’m honestly in disbelief,” Meghna said. “Writing is one of my favorite subjects and golf is my sport. My dream is to play on the LPGA [Ladies Professional Golf Association] Tour.”
Wells Fargo created the Succeeding Together contest specifically for the more than 30,000 teenage participants of The First Tee®, a youth development program with about 170 chapters across the U.S. — asking participants to write an essay about the importance of having, and being a part of, a “go-to team.”
A panel of judges from Wells Fargo, The First Tee, and the Wells Fargo Championship tournament office chose Meghna and three first-prize winners from the 10 finalists selected from more than 100 entries. The first-prize winners are:
- Arthi Chandra, 14, from The First Tee of Silicon Valley (California).
- Derrick Ow, 18, from The First Tee of Monterey County (California).
- Janane Tan, 16, from The First Tee of Greater Dallas.
Along with Meghna, all will receive a four-day/three-night paid trip for two to Charlotte to attend the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship, May 2-8, and get an inside-the-ropes experience at the PGA TOUR event. Meghna also will attend a Succeeding Together golf clinic, play in the pro-am, and meet PGA TOUR pros.
“We’re excited to announce the winners of our Succeeding Together contest, and are really proud of all the wonderful stories that the contest participants shared through their essays,” says Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo chief marketing officer. “They are powerful stories that show how working together with organizations like The First Tee is changing young lives and our communities.”
The First Tee uses golf to build character, instill life-enriching values, and promote healthy choices. Its nine core values are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Wells Fargo became one of the national trustees of The First Tee in April 2015 and committed to provide $1 million to the nonprofit through 2020.
The six other contest finalists received $500 Wells Fargo Visa® gift cards. They are:
- Bailey Berry, 16, from The First Tee of Northwest Florida
- Taylor Christian, 17, from The First Tee of Naples/Collier (Florida)
- Angelica Harris, 18, from The First Tee of Greater New Orleans
- Justin Potwora, 16, from The First Tee of Greater Portland (Oregon)
- Tya Seth, 16, from The First Tee of Greater Portland (Oregon)
- Patricia Sweeney, 14, from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (California)
A champion investor in the making
Meghna is not only a championship golfer, but also an investor at an early age — like her idol Warren Buffett.
Shortly after she began investing, Meghna wrote Buffett to tell him about her interest.
“He responded with a handwritten note and personally invited me to his shareholders meeting,” says Meghna.