14-year-old Brette Bryant lines up a putt at First Tee of Augusta
Augusta, GA -
While the world watches celebrated men play golf in Augusta this week, a 9th grader is on a mission to promote golf for girls... through her second "Puttin' In Pearls" women's golf tournament.
Look out, gentleman-- this young lady, Brette Bryant, is breaking down barriers!
"It was just a sport that always interested me, I used to play with my dad, we used to go out there for fun."
Brette Bryant has played golf here at the First Tee of Augusta since she was 8 years old.
"It wasn't like all the other sports, ya know? You didn't really have to have a team- and that was really cool."
Now 14, Brette sees something that isn't cool: what's wrong with this picture? No girls!
"I agree with that too, that's why this tournament will hopefully increase the participation here at the First Tee- I really don't like that picture of seeing all the boys out there on the driving range. I want to see some girls here, too!
She wants girls to see the opportunities that exist if they learn the game.
"There are many scholarships, especially in girls golf, that are wasted, like division one, full-ride scholarships that are unused each year, so I'm looking to that."
Brette believes more girls would play golf if they went through First Tee: last year's inaugural Puttin' In Pearls raised nearly $3,000 for the cause. This year's event is coming up Friday, May 30th.
"There's going to be 4 people per team and they'll each play with a First Tee girl."
And even if you don't play golf, you can support the tournament... by dropping off a donation!
"Do you still play with your Dad? I do- but I beat him! So, it's pretty fun!"