Participant Spotlight – Itzel Espino

Itzel Espino is a Birdie participant at First Tee — Silicon Valley. She joined our program in 2018 from our school outreach event in San Jose. When she started in 8th grade she was brand new to golf, but since then she worked hard to catch up with those her age. She progressed through our program, took part in our tournaments and Girls Golf program, and  is now applying to volunteer and give back to the younger participants in our program.

Itzel is a junior at Cristo Rey High School in San Jose. In addition to being a high school junior and Birdie participant, she interns for Silicon Valley Bank where she researches and provides analysis of fund information for the investment team, and summarizes SVB private bank’s quarterly capital market insights for team markets among other responsibilities. She recently was accepted into the Youth on Course caddie academy where she will earn scholarship money towards her college tuition.

“Ever since I became a participant in First Tee it has made a positive impact in my life, says Itzel.” I have personally used goal setting skills in my daily life which has helped me create a clear understanding when making decisions and also makes me feel motivated. I appreciate all of the opportunities that First Tee has given me.”

“Itzel is an extremely compassionate participant who always shows care for the class as a whole and for each of her fellow students individually,” says Program Coordinator, Robby Keith. “She comes to class with a smile and a joke to improve everyone’s mood and makes class more fun.”

Itzel demonstrates high character and a desire to consistently improve. She maintains a great demeanor regardless of the challenge and contributes to  the supportive environment that we promote. We have no doubt she will be successful in anything she decides to pursue.

Are you interested in joining other participants like Itzel? Please click here for our Youth Classes page. Our summer season will begin June 7th and end August 6th. Registration will begin, May 12th at 10am.