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REMI SHENDELL – WINNER OF THE 2020 INAUGURAL FIRST TEE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

     Remi Shendell has been a First Tee of Plainfield participant and member at the Plainfield West Nine for ten years. She was awarded the 2020 inaugural First Tee College Scholarship, which includes monetary support for her undergraduate education, mentorship and leadership workshops, and becoming a part of a network of six other students who share her love for learning and golf. She has taken lessons from Bill Castner, who is the one who introduced me to The First Tee for that entire time. Bill consistently supported her, along with everyone at the West Nine. She considered the golf course her second home.
     Bill and the West Nine staff created a positive, enriching environment for every person to learn golf and grow. This could not have been done without all the amazing members and players at the West Nine who are like family.
     Remi is now attending Emory University to study Biology and Public Health. In high school, she pursued academics, dance, theater, and was the co-captain of the Girls Varsity Golf team. She also held a leadership position in a club called Girls Learn International, where we raised over $6,000 to send to partner schools in developing countries to offer girls and children a safe home and an education. For several  summers, she have worked as a counselor at the Castner Summer Golf Camp, which is always a highlight of my year. She was extremely lucky to have the opportunities of sports, school, free time, and a large support network that has led to my success and growth.
     The First Tee, Bill, and the Plainfield West Nine encouraged Remi to follow my passions to become a well-rounded person, and they also showed me how important golf is to having fun, making friends, and growing as a person.

 SEAN KELLY on his PGA TOUR debut

CastnerGolf alumni, Sean Kelly, will be making his first PGA TOUR start tomorrow at 2pm (Tee #10) at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

We are excited to announce that CastnerGolf alumni, Sean Kelly, will be making his first PGA TOUR start tomorrow at 2pm (Tee #10) at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Bill was one of Sean’s first instructors in Staten Island in the late 1990s. Sean played much of his junior career in NY, raising to become the #1 junior in NY. He attended University of South Carolina, and was the 2015-16 University of South Carolina Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Kelly is making his PGA TOUR debut having spent last season on the MacKenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada.

CastnerGolf Alum Sean Elliott

Sean Elliott, recently won the 2015 Jack Nicklaus Award-NAIA Player of the Year.
Sean Elliott, winner the 2015 Jack Nicklaus Award-NAIA Player of the Year. Pictured (l to r) Jack Nicklaus, Sean Elliott, Dalton State Men’s golf coach Ben Rickett. Sean started his junior golf career with Bill Castner/

CastnerGolf Alum Peter Kim

CastnerGolf alumnus, Peter Kim, wins 113th Met Amateur Championship at Baltusrol
CastnerGolf alumnus, Peter Kim, wins 113th Met Amateur Championship at Baltusrol (photo courtesy of the MGA)

CONGRATULATIONS ON SOME WONDEFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Richard Timbrell and Denis Johnson won the Philadelphia Public Links Four Ball, with Denis shooting a 69 and Richard birding the 17th hole. Together they shot a 68 in the bad weather at Turtle Creek near Valley Forge.
“In the Senior Division, Denis Johnson and Richard Timbrell, of Plainfield West Nine GC in Plainfield NJ, were the story as they captured the senior crown with a score of 4-under par, 68. The winning pair would make six birdies on the day, including one at the 530-yard, par-5 home hole, against two bogies to win by two over Rick Custer and Jim Prendergast, and Mike Harms and Hank Church. Prendergast and Custer played steady golf all day with 3 birdies against one bogey. Starting on the back-9, Harms and Church seemed poised to make a run at the winners and got withing one stroke with three to play, but a bogey at their last dropped them into a tie for second.”

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