Greensboro, NC -- Through its first three days, The Wyndham Championship has shown time and time again it's an event about more than golf.
One example came Tuesday when Wyndham Worldwide pledged $1 million to The First Tee. And Wednesday, one of The First Tee of the Triad's young members experienced something he'll remember for a long time.
Daniel Brewer, a 14-year-old from Winston-Salem, got a good look at a lot of good golf from a perspective even many adults will never see. He walked the Sedgefield Country Club, sat on a special media platform and took notes on the action as a junior course reporter for the mentoring program The First Tee of the Triad.
"It's been pretty nice," Daniel said. "It's really relaxed. And you get to still learn and see and do a lot of cool stuff."
Relaxed? Well, he's only been on the job one day, so the deadline pressure hasn't set in yet. But he's been working: getting an up-close look at the players during news conferences, taking pictures and asking questions.
"It was real neat to hear from the [Sedgefield Country Club] superintendent [and for him] to come answer my questions personally just because I asked him to," Daniel said.
It's rare access, and he earned the opportunity by proving he's taken The First Tee's nine core values to heart -- even when it's tempting to cut corners to beat his friends.
"It's just real hard," Daniel said, "and you really gotta dig down deep and be honest."
Those kinds of lessons change lives, even when they take an already good kid and make him better.
"It helps you learn to be a better character, and you can be more respectful," Daniel said. "You learn how to think through the process of things that come up in your life."
Daniel's thoughts on the day will be posted on The First Tee of the Triad's website here.
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