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Yakima Teen Wins National Video Contest

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Yakima, WA - A teenager from Yakima has won first place in the Wells Fargo Succeeding Together video contest.

The contest, celebrates the importance of the organization, The First Tee, the impact the game of golf can have in a young person's life, and the difference a coach of mentor can make in the lives of America's youth. 

13-year-old Max Turnquist is a longtime participant in the Yakima chapter of The First Tee. His winning video told the story of his life, beginning with the discovery of a congenital heart defect when he was a baby. Following numerous surgeries, Turnquist became a toddling golfer and has never looked back. His video highlights his personal favorite Core Value®; Perseverance. To see his video, click here

As one of the four winners of the contest, Turnquist will travel, with his mother, to Charlotte, N.C. to attend the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am. The teenager says he's beside himself with excitement for his four-day/three-night trip to begin.

The Wells Fargo Championship is one of the largest, most prestigious sporting events in the Charlotteregion. Becausee of consistent overall excellence, the Wells Fargo Championship was awarded unprecedented back-to-back "Best in Class" Awards in 2009 and 2010 by the PGA TOUR. The 2014 tournament will be held April 28-May 4. A combination of Quail Hollow Club and the spirit of the Charlotte area community are among the reasons the Wells Fargo Championship has, and should, continue to draw many of the world's top golfers to Charlotte.

As a first place winner, Turnquist will be inside the ropes, seeing the tournament from a player's viewpoint and visiting with many of his golf heroes.

The First Tee of Yakima is the local chapter of a national youth development program designed to build character, develop life-enhancing values, and help youth make healthy choices through the game of golf. Each of The First Tee's chapters promotes the nine core values of Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment, instilling youth around the world with personal qualities and skills crucial to succeeding in life.

The other first place winners in the contest, are 16-year-old Caroline Cole of Charlotte and 16-year-old Jack Kane of Connecticut. The grand prize winner is 14-year-old Alejandra Ayala of Atlanta.