This week during the TOUR Championship, you will notice some new names keeping us updated on what’s happening on and off the course at East Lake Golf Club. Meet our Charles R. Drew Charter School student correspondents:
- Amanda Carter, Senior;
- Connor Mason, Senior;
- Amian Smart-Browne, Senior; and
- Bryce Zelazoski, Senior.
Two of them want to be sportscasters, one aspires to be an engineer, and another wants to go into fashion design. These four students were chosen to represent Drew and experience the TOUR Championship first hand.
“I enjoy trying different things and stepping out of my comfort zone,” explained Amian on why she wanted to cover the tournament. “This will be an amazing opportunity for me to try something new.”
“I am very passionate about sports journalism and being a media correspondent for the PGA TOUR Championship is a blessing,” says Amanda.
“I see this as a chance of a lifetime. I get the opportunity to meet and interact with the world’s greatest golfers. As a golfer myself, some of these players are my idols. I started golfing at the age of seven and fell in love with the sport. It would be an honor to speak to them about their experiences in the world of golf,” adds Connor.
The impact of the TOUR Championship hits close to home — and to the classroom — for these four students. The tournament’s proceeds go directly to the East Lake Foundation, Grove Park Foundation and Purpose Built Schools – all changing lives in their communities. Amanda says East Lake and Drew have given her the tools to succeed.
“I’ve been at Drew since the 3rd grade, and the numerous opportunities the East Lake Foundation has given Drew students means a lot to me,” she explains. “Drew is always looking for students to shine, grow and work hard, and it gives students chances which means a lot to me!”
Bryce agrees: “The East Lake Foundation and Drew Charter are everything to me, and they’re the reason I’m where I am today. Without both organizations, I couldn’t even fathom being where I am now. Not only have they created an academic environment that is flexible, they give students so many opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can’t find anywhere else in this world.”
Although they’ll be talking to champions all week, these kids have their own championship to brag about. The Drew golf team won last year’s state championship. Connor was on the team.
“When they announced that Drew had the lowest score it was like a dream come true. It felt so awesome to see how all the blood, sweat and hard work over the years finally paid off.”
Now Connor and his fellow student correspondents will wait and see whose blood, sweat and hard work earns the FedEx Cup at the TOUR Championship. Look for their stories on the Foundation’s TOUR Championship blog and on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.