First Tee Leadership Summit in Partnership with PGA TOUR Superstore Kicks off at West Creek Ranch in Montana

Two-week Summit empowers 40 teens to hone leadership skills and identify values while providing dynamic team activities such as whitewater rafting

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. and ATLANTA, (August 3, 2022) – The second-annual First Tee Leadership Summit in partnership with PGA TOUR Superstore has kicked off at PGA TOUR Superstore Chairman and First Tee Board Member Arthur M. Blank’s West Creek Ranch in Montana.

First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf, and PGA TOUR Superstore is once again holding the summit for 40 teenagers from across the country. Twenty of the selected youths have been participating in the first week from August 1-5, and 20 others will attend from August 8-12.

To start week one, the teens heard from Michael Vick via zoom on “The Power of Decision Making” as well as Lodge Grass Basketball Coach Josh Stewart on using sport as a vehicle for change.

The First Tee Leadership Summit is designed to strengthen leadership skills through dynamic outdoor and team-building activities with the intended purpose of personal growth, education and coming together to make a difference. Daily leadership themes include Building Authentic Relationships, Growing through Challenge, and Building Positive Self Identity.

Set in the unforgettable backdrop of West Creek Ranch, the Summit gives teens the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities including golf, fly fishing, yoga, meditation, horseback riding, archery, whitewater rafting and hiking. The teens are encouraged to apply their learnings through these activities for hands-on professional and personal development. 

“As we begin the second-annual summit this week, we can already see the transformative experience taking place for these remarkable teens,” said Dick Sullivan, President & CEO, PGA TOUR Superstore. “We are thankful to be a part of such a meaningful and impactful event for these motivated teenagers.”

“We honored to host this meaningful week for these participants who will learn skills to take with them for the rest of their lives,” added Greg McLaughlin, First Tee CEO. “PGA TOUR Superstore is supporting our mission and we thank Arthur Blank for his commitment to our country’s youth.”

Professional golfer Shasta Averyhardt will be featured the second week.  Shasta is scheduled to speak about pursing your passion and understanding that while your journey may not be a straight path, to embrace the learnings along the way.  

At the conclusion of the Summit, four students will be selected for the First Tee College Scholarship Program and will receive financial support as well as access to mentorship and professional development opportunities throughout their four-year collegiate experience.

To be eligible for the Summit, teens participated in a five-week Leadership Series that was hosted at PGA TOUR Superstore locations across the country this spring. Teens also completed applications and were selected based on character-driving criteria. The diverse group of selected participants – 24 young women and 16 young men – on average have spent seven years in the First Tee program and their average GPA is 3.85.

For more than a decade, PGA TOUR Superstore and Arthur Blank have championed First Tee’s mission through charitable and in-kind donations across the country. In September 2020, PGA TOUR Superstore announced a new grant that will help First Tee reach more youth across the U.S. and strengthen its curriculum for teenage participants, including the development of the Leadership Series, Summit and scholarships.

The Leadership Summit is one of several national opportunities provided by First Tee Headquarters to inspire and equip teens on a deeper level as they progress through the program and toward higher education opportunities.

Photos are available for download here.


Name                                               First Tee Chapter

Braden Bernaldo                    First Tee — Coachella Valley (CA)

Anna Brown                            First Tee — Coastal Carolinas (NC)

Aidan Cervetti                         First Tee — Tampa Bay

Katelyn Chan                         First Tee — Silicon Valley (CA)

Myles Cobb                            First Tee — Greater Chicago

Matthew Cook                         First Tee — Metro Atlanta

Jacie Goodman                     First Tee — Florida Gold Coast

Maleyna Gregorio                  First Tee — Coachella Valley (CA)

Wesley Helmer                       First Tee — Greater San Antonio

Ava Hurtado                           First Tee — Greater Austin

Zara Karim                              First Tee — Greater Washington, DC

Carson Kawabata                 First Tee — Utah

Isabella Lohr                           First Tee — Greater Dallas

Jake Myre                               First Tee — Tucson

Victoria Ocampo Acosta       First Tee — Orange County (CA)

Alanis Santiago Maldonado  First Tee — North Florida

Ethan Selvers                         First Tee — Metropolitan New York

Anay Sigala                            First Tee — Fort Worth

Saloni Somia                          First Tee — Minnesota

Isabella Zamarron                 First Tee — Greater Houston


Name                                               First Tee Chapter

Mahek Acharya                     First Tee — Greater Chicago

Dominic Clayton                    First Tee — North Florida

Eliana Damsgard                   First Tee — Minnesota

Saidah DaSilva                       First Tee — Massachusetts

Haady Elneser                        First Tee — Florida Gold Coast

Isabella Herrera                     First Tee — Silicon Valley (CA)

Kyzar Joshi                             First Tee — Massachusetts

Sarah Kohler                           First Tee — Metropolitan New York

James Labukas                     First Tee — Tucson

Joshua Lee                             First Tee — Greater Austin

Elise McGirt                             First Tee — Raritan Valley (NJ)

Gabriella G. Mercado            First Tee — Orange County (CA)

Katherine Miskimen               First Tee — Phoenix

Abi Newell                               First Tee — Greater Houston

Josephine Nguyen                 First Tee — Greater Washington, DC

Carson Platt                           First Tee — Coastal Carolinas (NC)

Jaylyn Remolona                   First Tee — San Francisco

Isabella Rubio                        First Tee — Florida Gold Coast

Jacob Ryan                            First Tee — Central Florida

Isaac Stewart                         First Tee — Central Ohio


About PGA TOUR First Tee Foundation (“First Tee”)  

First Tee ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization that is supported by the PGA TOUR. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. In 2022, First Tee celebrates its 25th anniversary and reaching millions of youth through its network of 150 chapters, 10,000 schools and 1,700 youth centers. Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA, programs are delivered in all 50 United States and select international locations. President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair.  

About PGA TOUR Superstore

PGA TOUR Superstore is operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., a subsidiary of AMB Sports and Entertainment and is headquartered in metro-Atlanta. As the PGA TOUR’s exclusive off-course/off-airport retail partner in North America, PGA TOUR Superstore provides customers with access to the same technology and expertise as card-carrying PGA TOUR pros. All stores are staffed with teaching professionals and have multiple state-of-the-art swing simulators, practice hitting bays, and large putting greens. There is also an in-house club making and repair facility. Along with equipment and accessories, PGA TOUR Superstore has an unmatched selection of men’s, women’s and juniors’ apparel and footwear for golf and tennis. For more information, visit

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