First Tee’s Dirlam Earns Trip To D.C.


Cameron Dirlam from First Tee of Benton Harbor has been selected to play in the Perfect Sense Unified Challenge in Washington, D.C. June 23-27, gaining a championship golf experience amidst the education and excitement of the nation’s capital.

Dirlam was tapped among 18 teens from First Tee to play in the 36-hole Ryder Cup style tournament at The Club at Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. They also gain a unique opportunity to play with a Special Olympics athlete and a wounded veteran during the event. In addition to the tournament, Dirlam will expand upon the leadership skills learned in First Tee and will take part in a career exploration day at Perfect Sense Digital offices and a tour of Washington’s monuments and museums.

Dirlam was selected for the Perfect Sense Unified Challenge through a national First Tee application process that scored applicants based on essays, letters of recommendation, and involvement in First Tee and extra-curricular activities.

Dirlam, 16, is a Junior at Saint Joseph High School.  Active in First Tee of Benton Harbor for 8 years, he also plays soccer and golf for the Saint Joe Bears, and hockey for the LSJ Warriors. He volunteers at The First Tee of Benton Harbor, helping the younger participants.


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