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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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