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The First Tee: Working to Prevent Bullying

anti-bullyingAt The First Tee, we believe in teaching kids and teens the importance of maintaining healthy relationships and effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying and navigating social media. By emphasizing values like respect, courtesy and sportsmanship, The First Tee is equipping young people to respond appropriately when cyberbullying situations arise around them. Continue reading “The First Tee: Working to Prevent Bullying” »

Pedro Ortiz is Ready to Write His Future

Pedro Ortiz and his father with The First Tee Honorary Chair President George W. Bush

Pedro Ortiz (R) and his father (L) with The First Tee Honorary Chair President George W. Bush

At the heart of The First Tee are many young people with inspiring stories. Participant Pedro Ortiz from The First Tee of Monterey County had the incredible opportunity to share his story at the 2014 Trustee dinner for The First Tee board members–in front of dignitaries including Honorary Chair President George W. Bush, Board Chair and PGA TOUR Commission Tim Finchem, Champions Tour player Bobby Clampett and other Trustees!

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The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is More Than Just a Game—It’s a Game-Changer

 ~ From Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. at the 7th hole on Pebble Beach Golf Links

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. takes a #SelfieOn7 at Pebble Beach

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is one of the most exciting events for The First Tee and eighty-one of our participants. Entering its 11th year, this tournament has given more than 550 young people from more than 165 chapters the opportunity to compete side-by-side with Champions Tour players at one of the world’s most renowned golf courses.

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Insider’s Perspective: Playing with a Ryder Cup alum at the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge

Participants in the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge (L to R):  Mable Wong; Sarah Harrison; Jason Liu; Jon Paul Ray; Patrick Abadilla; Ariana Saenz

Participants in the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge (L to R): Mable Wong; Sarah Harrison; Jason Liu; Jon Paul Ray; Patrick Abadilla; Ariana Saenz

Six lucky participants from six different chapters of The First Tee were paired with six Champions Tour players, all with prior Ryder Cup experience, for the 2014 Coca-Cola Champions Challenge. Played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, this five-hole, modified scotch format charity competition has a purse of $40,000 which is donated to the player’s designated chapter of The First Tee. Read below for participant Jason Liu’s inside experience!

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The Envelope, Please…Pairings Announced!

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Cameryn Smith

The moment all of The First Tee junior golfers have been waiting for: finding out which Champions Tour professional they will join in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Cameryn Smith from The First Tee of Brunswick County, shares her story from the tournament Pairings Party.

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Daniel Dahlinger Gives the Inside Scoop on the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Daniel with his father at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Daniel with his father at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

By Daniel Dahlinger
Participant, The First Tee of Fort Worth

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
The pinnacle for participants at The First Tee.

There are few times in life where I have found myself speechless (anyone that knows or has met me can enthusiastically attest to that), but I can’t count how many times I have been speechless in the past 24 hours.

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5 Ways to #GetOutThere at Pebble Beach

By Bethany Brown

Eighty-one participants of The First Tee will have the opportunity of a lifetime as they golf alongside Champions Tour professionals in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, all while enjoying the stunning nature of Pebble Beach, Calif.

In the days leading up to the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, these junior golfers will have the opportunity to explore the rich history and the natural atmosphere of the breathtaking Monterey Peninsula coastline.

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School is Back, and so is The First Tee National School Program!

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School is back in session, but that doesn’t mean all the fun has to end!

Because physical education programs are a great way to introduce young people to new activities, The First Tee National School Program was developed to give students the opportunity to learn how to play golf during their P.E. classes.

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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.

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