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Cannon student raises more than $3,000 for First Tee

womangolferDec. 1. Muskan Uppal, who lives on Peninsula Club Drive with parents Abhilasha and Puneet Uppal, has raised more than $3,000 through the AJGA Birdie for Charity Program.

The funds will support the First Tee of Charlotte, a youth development organization that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through golf.

Muskan, a straight-A sophomore at Cannon School, has organized equipment donation drives and volunteered at First Tee camps.

The aspiring Ladies Professional Golf Association player has also participated in the American Junior Golf Association’s Leadership Links Program and hopes to play golf in college.

The AJGA helped her set up a webpage for her leadership links program and she sent our emails, letters and fliers to all her friends, family, neighbors, doctors, dentists, according to her mom, Abhilasha.

“She requested them for one-time donations or a pledge of a certain sum for every birdie made by her at a tournament where the USGA rules of golf apply. She plays a number of tournaments outside of school and ended up making 52 birdies from spring this year to last month when the program wrapped up,” she said.

All these efforts helped her raise $3,069. The donations were sent directly to AJGA. The AJGA as per the program guidelines sent a check for First Tee for $1564.50 and the other half went to the AJGA ACE program. In addition to this the USGA matched half the contribution and Muskan got a second check of $1,564.50 for the First Tee.

Muskan is ranked 21st in the state among all the girls and 4th in the state in her class of 2019. Her latest best finish in a tournament has been a third place finish at the Jimmy Anderson Girls Golf Invitational in October with scores of 74-68. She made it to the First Team Conference and All state Team in the fall school golf season.

Muskan, along with another student from Cannon, Amanda Sambach, ¬†qualified as a team to participate in the 3rd US Women’s Amateur Four Ball Championship to be held at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach in May 2017.