The First Tee Par-3 Championship: Shorter, Faster, MORE FUN

Participants at The First Tee Par-3-Championship
Participants of the 2015 Par-3-Championship
In a fast-paced world, a four hour round of golf may not always be realistic. Could par-3 courses be the answer? In 2014, we saw the PGA TOUR sanction it’s first tournament in history to use a par-3 course in official competition. In an interview with USA TODAY Jack Nicklaus said:

     “As an industry, we need to come up with new golf experiences, whether that is 60 minutes or 90 minutes, whether it’s six holes, 12 holes, or a par-3 course. We need to think in terms of shorter, faster and more fun.”

The First Tee is doing just that with our newest national event The First Tee Par-3 Championship. Continue reading “The First Tee Par-3 Championship: Shorter, Faster, MORE FUN”

American Society of Golf Course Architects: Helping to Build Tomorrow’s Leaders

By Carl Mistretta

Colina ParkThe sloping greens. The beautiful fairways. The way the course weaves gracefully through the environment. The look, the feel, the ambiance of a golf course is all thanks to the talented architects who make it happen. The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) is the oldest and most revered professional organization of golf course designers in America. And its Foundation is doing its part to support the development of tomorrow’s golfers by awarding financial scholarships to two high school student-athletes. Continue reading “American Society of Golf Course Architects: Helping to Build Tomorrow’s Leaders”

The First Tee Celebrates 19,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week

NSP 8                            By Brad Bennett Did you know that this is National Volunteer Week? We couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to thank the more than 19,000 volunteers who have donated their time to our chapters by supporting fundraising and events, assisting with operations and administration, mentoring, coaching and more! Continue reading “The First Tee Celebrates 19,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week”

I Am The First Tee: Robyn Battles

Robyn jokes around at the 2015 Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit with Kevin Long, executive director of The First Tee of Fort Worth
Robyn jokes around with Kevin Long, executive director at The First Tee of Fort Worth
Our new monthly blog series, I Am The First Tee, features current participants as well as alumni who want to share how The First Tee has made a difference in their lives. This month features Robyn Battles from The First Tee of Fort Worth. She shares how leaders at her chapter inspired her to volunteer and a make a difference in someone else’s life. Continue reading “I Am The First Tee: Robyn Battles”

Everything is Bigger in Texas…Especially The First Tee's 2015 Network Meeting!

by Brad Bennett

David Feherty and Annika Sorenstam among attendees

The First Tee 2015 Network Meeting logoFrom March 11-14, a record setting 800-plus leaders from across The First Tee network will gather in Dallas, Texas to attend the biennial Network Meeting–a continuing education conference designed exclusively for The First Tee leaders. For three days, the network will focus on maximizing The First Tee’s positive impact on young people and share ideas about how to continue to inspire staff, mentors, coaches and volunteers. Continue reading “Everything is Bigger in Texas…Especially The First Tee's 2015 Network Meeting!”

Character Matters: From PE to the Classroom

IMG_7957-60The First Tee provides educational programs on golf courses, in youth centers and at elementary schools that help young people develop character while playing a fun game—golf! The First Tee National School Program is designed to teach character education during PE classes, but core values like integrity, responsibility and confidence apply to every aspect of life. These elementary schools are taking the core values and healthy habits beyond their school gym and into every classroom. Continue reading “Character Matters: From PE to the Classroom”