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Golf Channel Gives Three Alumni Chance of a Lifetime

Golf Channel interns

Golf Channel host Damon Hack with interns (L-R): Lauren Conder, Drake Mosley and Kayla Jackson

By Chris Hybl

Golf Channel, The First Tee’s proud media partner, has given three alumni of The First Tee a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer–a 12-week summer internship at the Golf Channel studios in Orlando! The program allows these junior golfers to gain first-hand experience in their respective areas, while developing work samples for their personal portfolio. 

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Participants Receive Surprise Announcement During Golf Channel Interview

Emily Valentine; Charlie Rymer, Cameron Fields

Emily Valentine; Charlie Rymer, Cameron Fields

Golf Channel, The First Tee’s proud media partner, helped surprise two participants of The First Tee with an exciting announcement…

Emily Valentine, a participant at The First Tee of the Palm Beaches, recounts her reaction upon hearing the news that she and fellow participant Cameron Fields had been selected to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

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Introducing The First Tee Alumni Network: Keeping Up with Alums Like Sam Odi

close up of boy holding golf ball(Re)Connect Through First Tee Alumni Network!

The First Tee home office has launched a new, no cost initiative to engage and connect with past participants, called The First Tee Alumni Network.

If you are a past participant who was registered at any level, then you are an alum! Join The First Tee Alumni Network today and deepen your connection to The First Tee and catch up with your peers, like this week’s guest blogger and home office summer intern, Sam Odi!

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Happy 4th of July: A Message from CEO Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.

golf ball with US flag

Photo credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

We are off to celebrate July 4th. As we do it will bring back memories of Paul Revere and the brave souls that wanted to make certain that we were separated from England.

And while our country was “independent” it would take years for women, African/Hispanic Americans to gain such freedoms. I am reminded that we are remembering the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing on July 2, 1964 the Civil Rights Act.

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Participants Meet President Obama and The Presidents Cup 2013 Team at the White House

Drew White and Jordan Spieth

PGA TOUR player Jordan Spieth with The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC participant Drew White

On June 24, 2014, four participants from The First Tee had the exciting opportunity to meet privately with President Obama, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, The First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., and players from The Presidents Cup 2013. The players were honored at the White House, hosted by the president, who served as Honorary Chairman of the 2013 (and 2009) event.

Drew White, 15, a participant at The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC was one of four junior golfers selected to attend the event. Read his first-hand account of meeting President Obama and some of his golf heroes!

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In His Words: Aaron Errico Joins 46 Junior Golfers at The First Tee Training Program at IJGA

IJGA blogThanks to a partnership between The First Tee and International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), 47 lucky junior golfers were selected to attend The First Tee Training Program at IJGA earlier this month in Hilton Head, S.C.

The teens received daily instruction on all aspects of the golf game from IJGA instructors, as well as attended mental training, fitness training and college placement sessions.

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30 Junior Golfers Meet & Interview Annika Sörenstam and Laura Diaz

By Jennifer Weiler

2014 US womens open logoDuring the USGA U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, Wells Fargo hosted an event for young ladies from The First Tee of the Sandhills to meet two greats of the game: World Golf Hall of Fame member and spokesperson for The First Tee Nine Healthy HabitsAnnika Sörenstam, and current LPGA Tour player, Laura Diaz. They spent almost two hours with the junior golfers in the Member’s Clubhouse at Pinehurst, sharing insights and stories from across their golfing careers.

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The First Tee of Pittsburgh focuses on environmental protection at their home course

By Chris Hybl

Live Green 3There are almost 15,000 golf courses across the U.S. and many serve as shining examples of environmental stewardship.

The First Tee is making its own impact to increase environmental awareness through The First Tee Live Green! program. But one chapter has taken it even a step further.

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Johnson & Johnson Celebrates “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” with The First Tee

JJ_kids to work 1Each year, millions of parents take their children to work for a fun and educational day known as “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year, Johnson & Johnson employees at the New Jersey headquarters treated their children to a full day of activities that included a golf clinic by The First Tee of Greater Trenton.

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Golf is a Game for Everyone: New exhibit honors the legacy of African-Americans in golf

World Golf Hall of Fame "Honoring a Legacy: A Tribute to African Americans In Golf" ribbon-cutting ceremony

World Golf Hall of Fame “Honoring a Legacy: A Tribute to African Americans In Golf” ribbon-cutting ceremony

by Chris Hybl

The World Golf Hall of Fame’s new exhibit “Honoring a Legacy: A Tribute to African Americans in Golf” highlights the lives of those who have championed many of The First Tee’s core principles, including the belief that golf is a game for everyone.

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, located next to The First Tee home office in St. Augustine, Fla., officially opened their latest addition with a ceremony including Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and LPGA pioneer Renee Powell, along with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.

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