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This One’s For the Girls: “My hopes are to inspire other girls through The First Tee”

Cameryn Smith was selected to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Cameryn Smith at the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Cameryn Smith, an outstanding young leader and junior golfer from The First Tee of Brunswick County, has a passion for girls golf.

After attending The First Tee Outstanding Participant & Leadership Summit in 2013, she applied the leadership and presentation skills she learned to help build up her chapter’s Girls Golf program.

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Shining A Spotlight On Our Partners: Thank You to PwC!

PwC’s First Tee Challenge allows fans to take their shot at a scaled version of the par-3 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

PwC’s First Tee Challenge hole allows fans to take their shot at a scaled version of the 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Proceeds benefiting The First Tee of North Florida.

Since 2000, PwC has been a loyal supporter of The First Tee, serving as a Trustee, partner and friend to our youth participants.

With associates, retired partners and staff serving as volunteer board members for chapters of The First Tee, PwC continues its company-wide support through a variety of activities and development opportunities for our junior golfers.

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Alumnus Adam Addams: How The First Tee, Golf and STEM Intertwine

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The First Tee alumnus Adam Addams

Like many junior golfers, Adam Addams, an alumnus of The First Tee of Greater Chicago, loves math, loves golf and loves The First Tee.

Adam is combining his passions to advocate for The First Tee STEM Links--a new youth program that leads participants through experiments that align Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts with relevant golf experiences.

Below is Adam’s message about how The First Tee, math and golf are intertwined.

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College Golfer Louis Kelly: Standing Firm on Foundations of The First Tee

Louis Kelly at Miramon Invitational Bryan, Texas. Photo by Brad Kemp.

Louis Kelly at the Miramont Invitational Bryan, Texas. Photo by Brad Kemp.

The First Tee uses the game of golf to provide positive youth development for elementary, middle and high school students. But do our junior golfers continue to use The First Tee’s core values and life skills after they leave high school?

Let’s take a look at Louis Kelly. An alumnus of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, Kelly is now a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is an integral part of the golf team and recently claimed the Individual Title at the Miramont Invitational in Bryan, Texas.

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Michelle Xie: A Fun Twist on Auntie Anne’s and The First Tee

The First TeeMichelle Xie 5_head shot and Auntie Anne’s partnered to create the Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum that took place in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

During the three-day forum, participants attend interactive sessions covering career and community leadership led by Auntie Anne’s executives and franchise partners.

Michelle Xie, a participant of The First Tee of Silicon Valley (as well as the winner of the 2013 Pro-Junior Title with Champions Tour’s Kirk Triplett at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach), was one of 50 teens selected to attend the event. She served as The First Tee’s guest blogger from the event–read more about her first-hand account on this exciting opportunity!

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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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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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