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Sara Rintoul’s “Best Day Ever” with Paula Creamer

By Chelsea ColemanPaula Creamer_Sara Rintoul

It’s not every day that participants have the opportunity to join The First Tee home office—and a professional golfer—to film a Public Service Announcement (PSA)…

…but last month, participants from The First Tee of Central Florida were selected to do just that with LPGA Tour pro Paula Creamer!

One particular participant, Sara Rintoul, had “the best day ever” when she was chosen to shoot a scene with Paula.

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The First Tee’s Top 10 Activities For A Great Summer

School Is Out and Summer Is In!

By Chelsea Coleman

Summer should be about building lifelong friendships, having a safe place to play and enjoying the outdoors. That’s why The First Tee is a great place to be this summer!

School is Out

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From Boxing Rings to Golf Courses: Remembering My Father, Joe Louis

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. plays with his father, boxing champion Joe Louis. Circa 1953.

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. plays with his father. Circa 1953.

A Father’s Day reflection by
Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.,
Chief Executive Officer, The First Tee

I was first introduced to the game of golf when I was five or six years old.

My father [former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis] would take me to Pipe O’Peace Golf Course (renamed in 1986 to Joe Louis “The Champ” Golf Courseoutside of Chicago where he passed along his love of the game.

However, Dad’s love of golf was actually a past-time that worried his promoters.

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Because of The First Tee, Brittany has Learned to ‘Dream BIG’

Brittany Woo

“There are three simple words that have changed my life: THE FIRST TEE.

Because of The First Tee I learned how to have fun, to dig deep, to stretch, to dream big.

My story with The First Tee begins with learning how to have fun.

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I Am The First Tee: Michael Chan

Michael Chan 1Our blog series, I Am The First Tee, features current and former participants who share how The First Tee has made a difference in their lives.

This month features Michael Chan from The First Tee of Smyrna. He reflects on which life skill has changed his approach to decision-making.

 

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The First Tee Ace Participants Take Flight

boys golf_teeing off“I wanted to become Ace-certified because I wanted to fully invest in a program that had already fully invested in me,” said Joseph Ford, alumnus from The First Tee of the Triad in North Carolina.

Joseph is one of 17 participants this year (and one of 100 participants since 2006) to achieve Ace certification—the highest program level of The First Tee.

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Dream Come True: Junior Golfer Plays Round with World No. 1 Rory McIlroy

Photo Credit: Wells Fargo

Photo Credit: Wells Fargo

By: Chelsea Coleman

Could you imagine yourself as a 16-year-old golfer walking and playing with the number one golfer in the world? Grace Vaughan of The First Tee of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties did just that.

However, the way Grace qualified to  earn this prestigious spot is different than you might think.

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American Society of Golf Course Architects: Helping to Build Tomorrow’s Leaders

By Carl Mistretta

Colina ParkThe sloping greens. The beautiful fairways. The way the course weaves gracefully through the environment. The look, the feel, the ambiance of a golf course is all thanks to the talented architects who make it happen.

The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) is the oldest and most revered professional organization of golf course designers in America. And its Foundation is doing its part to support the development of tomorrow’s golfers by awarding financial scholarships to two high school student-athletes.

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I Am The First Tee: Carlo Carino

Carlo Carino 1Our new monthly blog series, I Am The First Tee, features current participants as well as alumni who share how The First Tee has made a difference in their lives.

This month features Carlo Carino from The First Tee of Greater New Orleans. He reflects on what The First Tee taught him about the importance of being active in his community.

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Jimmy Walker: Giving Back and Winning Big


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When it comes to supporting The First Tee and its mission, PGA TOUR player Jimmy Walker is not just talk. Like many professional golfers, his commitment to positively impact the lives of young people is a real and personal investment.

This week, our latest Public Service Announcement featuring Jimmy Walker is hitting screens. We want to fill you in on the action behind the scenes.

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