DeKalb County teen shows the pros how it’s done at the PGA Tour Championship

ATLANTA — Most of us may never receive a round of applause, but 16 year old Ethan Quitman better get used to it.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen spoke to Quitman, the Southwest DeKalb High School who junior crushed the ceremonial opening tee shot to kick off the PGA’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

“I was like, am I going to hit it?” Quitman said.

Ethan first picked up a club 3 years ago. His dad told him if he was going to play golf he had to deliver the grades.

“He understood that he can’t go any farther unless he focuses on his education. So right now he’s a 3.2 GPA. When before, I’m like, what’s going on with these grades? But now he understands and he’s really locked in,” Ethan’s dad Robert Quitman said.

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Ethan is part of the tour’s First Tee program, that has helped kids from urban areas like Atlanta learn the game. The tour also awards college scholarships. Ethan had to earn the opportunity to hit what’s called the Hope Tee Shot at East Lake, and he did it with style.

“Being in this moment, I feel it will push me forward to other great things. Just like this Hope Tee Shot,” Ethan said.


Ethan had to apply for the opportunity to hit the tee shot, write an essay about it, and win a golf tournament against everybody else who wanted the chance. A $5,000 college scholarship came along with the honor.

“The county is really proud that he has gotten this opportunity so quickly,” DeKalb County Schools Mark Brock said.

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