Amber Veliz: First Tee – Greater San Antonio Birdie Participant

What is your age, First Tee level, and how long have you been with the First Tee? Hi, I’m Amber Veliz. I’m 11 years old and I’m a Birdie participant. I’ve been with the First Tee ever since I moved to San Antonio in 2018. What is your favorite accomplishment in golf so far? My favorite accomplishment is starting and finishing tournaments. I’ve been playing on and off since I was three, so the fact that I can show what I’ve learned so far really excites me. What has your First Tee experience been? My experience with the First Tee has been amazing!  One of my favorite parts about it is I can move up levels because it shows me that I’m improving. What are some activities you like to do outside of school? Outside of school, I really like going places, whether it’s going to the store or going to Six Flags. But one of my favorite things is practicing golf, because I love seeing myself improve when I work hard. How did you get involved with the First Tee? My dad heard about the First Tee on the Golf Channel and he really wanted me to join but we didn’t live in San Antonio. Once we found out we were moving here, he immediately signed me up and I’ve been with it ever since. Between school and your activities how does First Tee aid in your success? The First Tee has really helped me improve as a person, to be more outgoing and friendly when I meet new people, and it also has prepared me for real-life situations. What are your future goals? For me, like lots of other young golfers, the dream is to go pro. I have no idea what I want to do as a career, but I know that I want to be happy doing it.