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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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In His Words: Aaron Errico Joins 46 Junior Golfers at The First Tee Training Program at IJGA

IJGA blogThanks to a partnership between The First Tee and International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), 47 lucky junior golfers were selected to attend The First Tee Training Program at IJGA earlier this month in Hilton Head, S.C.

The teens received daily instruction on all aspects of the golf game from IJGA instructors, as well as attended mental training, fitness training and college placement sessions.

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Johnson & Johnson Celebrates “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” with The First Tee

JJ_kids to work 1Each year, millions of parents take their children to work for a fun and educational day known as “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year, Johnson & Johnson employees at the New Jersey headquarters treated their children to a full day of activities that included a golf clinic by The First Tee of Greater Trenton.

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Did you know The First Tee has produced more than 1,750 college golfers?

close up of boy holding golf ballThe First Tee strives to teach young people about values, life skills and healthy habits they can use on and off the golf course. And with national youth opportunities like The First Tee Academies to help prepare participants for college golf, it’s no wonder that The First Tee has seen more than 1,750 of our alumni go on to play college golf!

“Playing in The First Tee events allowed me and my game to grow in a supportive and welcoming environment. The First Tee has been an ideal place for me to grow,” said Clare Sorensen, an alumna from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and member of the University of San Francisco‘s golf team.

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The First Tee Coaches, Mentoring Our Youth

coaching EmmaCaring adults who are passionate about seeing kids and teens succeed are essential to The First Tee’s mission. Chapter staff and volunteers play a key role in creating positive relationships that inspire junior golfers to discover their individual potential.

And parents are taking notice.

Here is a note from parents Dale and Christie Moe who know firsthand the impact adult role models and mentors have at chapters of The First Tee. Continue reading “The First Tee Coaches, Mentoring Our Youth” »

What is the connection between The First Tee and heavyweight champ Joe Louis?

The First Tee Chief Executive Officer Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. learned to play golf under the watchful eyes of Ted Rhodes (left) and his father, Joe Louis (right).

The First Tee Chief Executive Officer Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. learned to play golf under the watchful eyes of Ted Rhodes (left) and his father, Joe Louis (right).

May 13, 2014 marked the 100th birthday of former world heavyweight champion and amateur golfer Joe Louis.

Why does this day matter to The First Tee?

Because the “Brown Bomber”, as he was known to many, is the father of Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee!

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The First Tee Alumnus Cameron Champ–The 9th Ranked Junior Golfer in the World

Cameron Champ_action shotCongratulations to Cameron Champ, an alumnus of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento who is currently the 9th ranked junior golfer in the world according to Golfweek–he finished the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley just one point behind the leader at 4 under par!

The Junior Invitational is the most prestigious junior golf championship in the world—an invitation-only annual event for the top 54 players from around the globe, hosted by the renowned Sage Valley Golf Club in South Carolina.

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Wells Fargo and The First Tee–Succeeding Together

coach building relationship

Wells Fargo and The First Tee are proud to announce the winners from Succeeding Together–a video essay contest that celebrates the value of building relationships as a foundation for success in life. The grand prize winner will play alongside PGA TOUR professional and 2010 Wells Fargo Championship winner Rory McIlroy!

 

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Alumna of The First Tee Making Professional Debut

Ericka Schneider (2)Nearly seven years ago, Ericka Schneider had the opportunity of a lifetime. One of 81 junior golfers, Ericka earned her spot to play Pebble Beach in The First Tee Open, but her career in golf was just beginning. Continue reading “Alumna of The First Tee Making Professional Debut” »

Junior Golfers Drive, Chip and Putt Their Way Through Augusta

DriveChipPutt_Logo_with_SponsorCongratulations to the 88 junior golfers who competed in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championships at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club!

The First Tee was proud to be represented by 13 participants in the field! Find out which of our junior golfers were crowned champions.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

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