Best Friends Earn Same Honor

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Samuel Nail and Caine Sivier, both Eagle Level participants at The First Tee of the Sandhills, have earned the national designation of The First Tee Scholar – Class of 2019.


That is an exceptional feat considering only 90 high school seniors across the country were selected to this designation.


The First Tee, a youth development organization that introduces young people to the game of golf and its inherent values, recognizes participants for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement through The First Tee Scholars Program.

Nail and Sivier being selected for this designation, together, is a story of its own.


Both moved to the Sandhills as middle schoolers, a tough environment to be the new kid in town, and through placement in advanced coursework, a friendship was formed.


Six years later, their brotherly bond is undeniable.


They both joined The First Tee around the same time of their move, Nail six years ago, Sivier five, where they have grown and progressed through the program simultaneously. One, a golf nut, the other a golf hobbyist.


When opportunities arise, you’ll usually find them both raising their hand to participate.


Last August they volunteered to install insulation in a crawl space at a Habitat Build, during Thanksgiving week they served 1,000 meals to families in need, and in January helped us move donated office furniture to our storage unit for future use.


They’ve exemplified how applying use of goal ladders allows you to stay focused on your goals while planning for the future.

Both attended camps, separately, last summer that exposed them to their shared interest in engineering school.


But, they’re not committed to an expertise, yet, as they want to experience the field as a whole, and from there, find their fit for graduate school and beyond.

Off the record, their parents feel very lucky their sons have one another as friends and would happily take the other as their son.

Truly, a great omen to their character.

It’s an honor for Nail and Sivier to be recognized on a national stage for their academic achievements and community involvement at such a young age. And doing it together, makes it even more special.


With this designation, Nail and Sivier have been given the exclusive opportunity to apply for educational scholarship programs offered through The First Tee to attend a participating college or university.


As coach Matt reaffirmed, these young men exemplify The First Tee’s Healthy Habits of School, Community and Family.


While their college paths will take them in different directions, the bond they’ve formed in the Sandhills is sure to stick. Their future is bright and we are excited to see what it holds.


Congratulations, Samuel and Caine!

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