Mansfield junior earns berth at Pebble Beach tournament

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Nicholas Narcisse, a junior at Mansfield, has been selected to compete in the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event.

Narcisse is one of four local players named to the amateur field set for Sept. 27-29 and televised nationally on the Golf Channel.

The 80 competitors from across the country were picked by a national panel, evaluating the amateurs on playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. The juniors will be paired with amateurs and a pro golfer at the event.

Narcisse got his first tournament win in 2012 at the Pro Duffers Charity Golf Tournament and recently won a championship in Fort Worth, shooting a 37, 72 in the 14-18 age group. The tournament’s first day was at Pecan Valley and the second day at Rockwood. He was a shot down going into the second day and finished two shots ahead of the runner-up.

“It’s a really big honor to go and play at Pebble Beach,” Narcisse said.

Narcisse was a member of the Tigers JV golf team last season, winning every tournament the team entered. The varsity program finished second at the state tournament.

With the Mansfield varsity team having graduated their top five players and another senior, players such as Narcisse are ready to step in.

Mansfield has historically been a team to contend for golf titles and Narcisse said he feels it’s due to so many families in the area having access to golf memberships.

“They grow up hitting golf balls,” Narcisse said. “Even people outside our team are avid golfers, but choose not to play for the school.”

Such access is a reason Mansfield golf coach Trampas Wilson thinks Narcisse’s game has progressed rapidly over the last year.

“One thing that’s helping him now is that he wasn’t a member at Walnut Creek previously,” Wilson said. “Now, he can practice and play there every day. It’s made a big difference and he can compete with the varsity guys now.”

Narcisse will leave for Pebble Beach in the middle of the month and be there for the week of the tournament. He said players won’t know their pro partner until a few days prior to the event.

At least as excited as the junior are Narcisse’s parents.

“My sister said my dad was telling everyone in the neighborhood once we found out I was going to Pebble Beach,” Narcisse said.

Playing on the prestigious course may well attract college recruiters, which Narcisse said would be welcomed, as he plans to play after his high school career.

Others locally will no doubt take note of Narcisse, including his coach.

“He’s been a kid I’ve had my eye on,” Wilson said. “Now’s his time. He’s a good kid and great student. You pull for kids like that.”

The Fort Worth chapter of The First Tee network is the only one of the 88 chapters to send four players to the event, said Kevin Long, Executive Director for The First Tee of Fort Worth.

“The Fort Worth chapter is one of the most widely known and has the higher growth rate nationwide and greatest return rate,” Long said. “We have about 30,000 kids in our region and there are deep roots in Fort Worth because of the legacy of Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. We tend to bring the game to the people rather than wait for them to come to the sport,” he said.

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