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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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DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy to Make Donation to The First Tee

Go-To Team 2By: Ed Stack
Chairman & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods

Golf is such a special and unique game. It teaches character, integrity, respect, fair play, sportsmanship, and perseverance. What other sport is there where players call a penalty on themselves or disqualify themselves from a tournament because they made a mistake and broke a rule?

If we all lived our lives following the lessons and values learned while playing golf, our world might just be a better place.

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Teeing Up for The First Tee Summer Camps!

By: Brad Bennett

PGA TOUR - The First Tee Success Stories with Sergio Garcia.Looking for a great summer camp experience for your child?
A safe place where they can unplug from technology, develop life-long skills and become more confident as they experience success?

Then The First Tee summer camps are just the thing!

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The First Tee Celebrates 19,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week

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Did you know that this is National Volunteer Week?

We couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to thank the more than 19,000 volunteers who have donated their time to our chapters by supporting fundraising and events, assisting with operations and administration, mentoring, coaching and more! Continue reading “The First Tee Celebrates 19,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week” »

I Am The First Tee: Robyn Battles

Robyn jokes around at the 2015 Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit with Kevin Long, executive director of The First Tee of Fort Worth

Robyn jokes around with Kevin Long, executive director at The First Tee of Fort Worth

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

This month features Robyn Battles from The First Tee of Fort Worth. She shares how leaders at her chapter inspired her to volunteer and a make a difference in someone else’s life.

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Junior Golfers Are on Their Way to Drive, Chip & Putt at Augusta

DriveChipPutt_Logo_with_SponsorBy: Brad Bennett

On April 5, 80 junior golfers will head to Augusta National Golf Club for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

And what do 16 of them have in common?
The First Tee!

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The First Tee Coaches Change Lives

2015 MentorWe all know that a coach’s role in a young person’s life can be very influential. A coach can help a young athlete develop a positive attitude, love for the game, and respect for coaches, teammates and opponents.

Below is an excerpt from a speech given by Neha Sikand at the 2015 Network Meeting in Dallas, describing how her coach, Terri Benson, has positively impacted her life. Neha is an Eagle-level participant at The First Tee of Central Coast and was one of The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award finalists.

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