NEWS RELEASE   July 05, 2023

John Deere and First Tee Honor Three First Tee Scholars at 2023 John Deere Classic

  • John Deere is honoring three First Tee Scholars at the 2023 John Deere Classic.
  • Three First Tee college-aged alumni will experience the John Deere Classic firsthand, aligning their postsecondary interests and ambitions in fields that align with John Deere.
  • Each Scholar will participate in a VIP event including the Wednesday pro-am, engagement with John Deere leaders, and mentorship opportunities with young professionals in the field.

SILVIS, Ill. (July 5, 2023)John Deere and First Tee celebrate three First Tee Scholars for their commitment to pursuing a career that aligns with the industries served by John Deere, as well as their demonstration of the strong character traits learned through their time in First Tee. These three college-aged First Tee alumni, Malisone Chanthapanya from First Tee – Fort Worth, Rebecca Jones from First Tee – Indiana, and Nicholas Canales from First Tee – Greater Houston, are each pursuing a postsecondary career that matches their ambitions within the fields of engineering, data analytics, computer science and more.

First Tee's College Scholarship Program is designed to provide further support, life skill development and mentorship of our alumni through their journey. Higher education continues to be a critical factor in unlocking opportunities for young people to thrive, and First Tee and John Deere are committed to the success of these three ambitious alumni. While on-site at the 2023 John Deere Classic, the Scholars will engage in VIP experiences that include the Wednesday pro-am event, engagement with John Deere leaders, and mentorship opportunities with young professionals of similar career paths.

"John Deere is committed to celebrating the work of First Tee and its dedicated alumni &nmdash; including Malisone, Rebecca and Nicholas — who are embracing the challenges of tomorrow while embodying the empowering life lessons learned through First Tee," said David Thorne, vice president, turf and compact utility business, John Deere. "Through the game of golf, First Tee focuses on not only on helping young people grow through the game but establishing the next generation of game changers both on and off the course."

Serving as a Trustee Partner for First Tee since 2012, John Deere is committed to supporting the youth development organization in its mission to provide meaningful experiences for participants, using golf as a platform to empower young people and build their strength of character. To learn more about John Deere and its commitment to the golf industry, visit

About Deere & Company

Deere & Company ( is a global leader in the delivery of agricultural, turf, construction, and forestry equipment. We help our customers push the boundaries of what's possible in ways that are more productive and sustainable to help life leap forward. Our technology-enabled products including John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor, See & Spray™, and E-Power Backhoe are just some of the ways we help meet the world's increasing need for food, shelter, and infrastructure. Deere & Company also provides financial services through John Deere Financial.

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About PGA TOUR First Tee Foundation (“First Tee”) 
First Tee ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization that is supported by the PGA TOUR. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. In 2022, First Tee celebrated its 25th anniversary and reaching millions of youth through its network of 150 chapters, 10,000 schools and 1,700 youth centers. Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA, programs are delivered in all 50 United States and select international locations. President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair.


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