Given the longstanding awareness of The Masters, Augusta is certainly associated with the game of golf, and thus it is highly appropriate that The First Tee is located there. The organization, whose formal name is The First Tee of Augusta, is an international youth development association that introduces golf and its inherent values to young people through after-school and in-school programs. Each year it awards scholarships to students that have achieved milestones in the First Tee programs, and this year it added a special award that would inspire students to give back to the organization, help others, and foster a love for the game of golf. In naming the award, The First Tee chose to honor someone who has done much to help the organization: musician Darius Rucker.
Rucker’s band Hootie & the Blowfish performed at The First Tee’s inaugural Rock Fore! Dough fundraising concert in 2005, and Rucker has to date appeared at 10 of those now-annual Masters Week shows. This year, to help present the first Darius Rucker Legacy Award, the country music star and golf enthusiast returned for The First Tee’s Award Night Celebration on Monday, May 14th.
Kambron Taylor, a senior graduating from the IB Program at the Academy of Richmond County, was the recipient of the award. In addition to his medal, Kambron (pictured here with Rucker) received a $5,000 college scholarship from The First Tee of Augusta. He will attend Georgia Southern University in the fall, where he will major in Mechanical Engineering and try out for the university’s golf team.