The First Tee

What is the definition of perseverance? Just ask these 10 participants.

2014 RBS Achievers of the Year (L to R): Tyler Andringa; Gerardo Lugo-Trejo; Kavya Chandra; Tyler Putnam; Cameryn Smith; Nicholas Narcisse; Brittany Ferrante; Will Sallee; Taylor Stroup; Derrick Ow

2014 RBS Achievers of the Year at Winged Foot Golf Club (L to R): Tyler Andringa; Gerardo Lugo-Trejo; Kavya Chandra; Tyler Putnam; Cameryn Smith; Nicholas Narcisse; Brittany Ferrante; Will Sallee; Taylor Stroup; Derrick Ow

Struggling with learning disabilities, enduring ongoing medical issues, losing their home in Hurricane Katrina and surviving a car accident after being hit by a drunk driver … these are some of the truly amazing stories of perseverance from the 2014 RBS Achievers of the Year Award finalists.

Continue reading “What is the definition of perseverance? Just ask these 10 participants.” »

The Golden Bear Talks to Congress About the Positive Impact of The First Tee

Nicklaus with participants from The First Tee of Central Ohio

Nicklaus with participants from The First Tee of Central Ohio

World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus, known to many as the Golden Bear, is a Trustee and long-time believer in The First Tee. He speaks to many—from his local chapters in Central Ohio and the Palm Beaches to government officials in Washington, DC—about the positive impact The First Tee has on young people and junior golfers.

Earlier this summer, Nicklaus spoke before the men and women of U.S. Congress about the importance of The First Tee’s mission, core values, character development and education programs. Below is a speech excerpt from this sports legend that The First Tee is proud to include as one of its friends and advocates.

Continue reading “The Golden Bear Talks to Congress About the Positive Impact of The First Tee” »

Golf Skills and Learning and Fun, Oh Wow!

driving practice_academyIt’s every junior golfer’s dream to spend a week of their summer in the beautiful San Diego, attending a golf academy and taking in the local sights!

This year, 96 teen golfers from 88 unique chapters across the network attended The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy--a competitive, prestigious national opportunity that teaches character education and leadership instruction through The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum delivered by The First Tee home office staff and chapter coaches from across the country.

Continue reading “Golf Skills and Learning and Fun, Oh Wow!” »

Under Armour Suits Up its Birdie Team to Support The First Tee National School Program

Under Armour's Birdie Team: PGA TOUR players Jordan Spieth; Hunter Mahan; Gary Woodland; and Scott Stallings

Under Armour’s Birdie Team: PGA TOUR players Jordan Spieth; Hunter Mahan; Gary Woodland; and Scott Stallings

With back-to-school season in full swing, The First Tee National School Program is ready to rollout in even more schools across the nation thanks to Under Armour’s Birdie Campaign benefiting The First Tee.

At six select PGA TOUR events from April to June, Under Armour pledged to The First Tee $100 for each birdie and $250 for each eagle that their Birdie Team athletes made.

Continue reading “Under Armour Suits Up its Birdie Team to Support The First Tee National School Program” »

Sara Scarlett’s Message to Junior Golfers: Be Safe and Smart in the Golf Cart

Sara Scarlett and Champions Tour player Jerry Pate pose for a photo during the second round of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach at Del Monte Golf Club on July 9, 2011 in Monterey, Calif.

Sara Scarlett and Champions Tour player Jerry Pate pose for a photo during the second round of the 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach at Del Monte Golf Club.

Meet Sara Scarlett–she is a stand-out alumna and junior golfer from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento with a passion for golf cart safety.

After attending The First Tee Outstanding Participant & Leadership Summit in 2013, Sara applied the leadership and presentation skills she learned to help further spread the mission of Cart Smarts–a program she co-founded to help promote golf cart safety to everyone, especially junior golfers.

Continue reading “Sara Scarlett’s Message to Junior Golfers: Be Safe and Smart in the Golf Cart” »

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. 

Continue reading “Golf Channel Gives Three Alumni Chance of a Lifetime” »

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.

Continue reading “Participants Receive Surprise Announcement During Golf Channel Interview” »

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

close up of boy holding golf ball(Re)Connect Through The 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!

Continue reading “Introducing The First Tee Alumni Network: Keeping Up with Alums Like Sam Odi” »

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.

Continue reading “Happy 4th of July: A Message from CEO Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.” »

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!

Continue reading “Participants Meet President Obama and The Presidents Cup 2013 Team at the White House” »