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Filling Their Notebooks

Josh Mizels (left) and Adrian Romero observed and took notes during pre-tournament action at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

March 10, 2011


MIAMI, Fla.—Though they have yet to compile their own bucket lists, two Broward County, Fla., teens can already scratch off one item that undoubtedly tops the list of most golf fans: Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with PGA TOUR players during an official tournament.

This week, 16-year-old Josh Mizels from Weston, Fla., and 17-year-old Adrian Romero from Pembroke Pines, Fla., are getting the opportunity to do just that, as participants in The First Tee Junior Course Reporter Program during the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Through the program, young people are selected from among First Tee chapter applicants around the country to serve as members of the media for two days during a PGA TOUR tournament. Participants are chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, golf experience, and proven success in incorporating The First Tee values into their everyday lives.

Wearing their official PGA TOUR media credentials, Mizels and Romero had the opportunity to meet and interview TOUR players Jason Day, Ryan Palmer and Rory Sabbatini at the practice facility. They also watched Tiger Woods hit balls on the driving range and later attended Woods and Sabbatini’s news conferences. In addition, they interviewed Andy Prodger, K.J. Choi’s caddie, and then ended the day by visiting the Titleist and TaylorMade manufacturers’ trucks, where they learned about the new technological advances that have been made.

“The coolest part of this experience was seeing the drawers full of brand-new golf clubs—drivers, woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, putters—every club you could imagine and finding out that they can all be built for the players in less than 60 minutes,” Mizels said, likening the manufacturer representatives to the pit crew at NASCAR. “It was also neat hearing from the players first-hand about how much the game has changed because of the new technology. I can’t wait for what tomorrow will bring.” 

The First Tee Junior Course Reporter experience continues March 10 when the duo will have the opportunity to watch the first round of play and interact with more players and tournament officials.

Both of this week’s Junior Course Reporters epitomize the high standards for personal integrity and academic performance established by The First Tee of Broward County. Mizels, a 10th-grade headmaster’s honor roll student at University School in Davie, Fla., was recognized as the school’s ninth-grade citizen scholar and has played on the school’s varsity golf team since seventh grade. This past year, Mizels served as captain of the team, which placed in the top 10 in both regional and district finals. The Miami Herald recognized him as a third-team member of the All-Broward golf team. For the past three years, Mizels has volunteered as a junior mentor for The First Tee of Broward County, where he has completed nearly 200 community-service hours.

Romero is a senior at Pembroke Pines Charter High School, where he is the captain of the varsity golf team. In addition to excelling in school and on the golf course, Romero is involved with numerous volunteer and philanthropic endeavors in his community. Among other activities, he is president of his school’s National Honor Society as well as Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, is treasurer of the Student Government Association, is an alumnus and advisor for Youth Leadership Broward, is an Interschool council representative and is a mentor and the founding chair of the Monday After the Masters Charity Golf Invitational, where he will be competing for the prestigious Silver Knight Award.


To read more about Mizels and Romero’s experiences, click here


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