National Events and Leadership Opportunities
First Tee doesn’t just get kids on the course, it offers them exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of our corporate partners, we host a series of events to our participants, allowing them to meet new people, play some golf, achieve greatness, and show off our nine core values in action. Descriptions and selected individuals are listed in the dropdown boxes below.
Ask your chapter about applying for any of the following opportunities.
Wells Fargo Succeeding Together | May 3-9
Teenage participants can compete through an essay contest for the opportunity to attend the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Four winners are selected, with the grand prize winner receiving the opportunity to play in the pro-am with the PGA TOUR player of their choice.
John Deere Drive Your Future Academy | June 5-9
This all-girls event focuses on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.
First Tee National Championship | June 20-25
The first-ever First Tee National Championship will be held at Clemson University, bringing together First Tee’s elite players for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play at the collegiate or next level.
John Deere Power For Good Scholarship | July 5-9
Participants submit a written essay about how they are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and neighborhoods. Three essay applicants will each receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship and a VIP experience at the John Deere Classic.
Participants selected to attend this five-day learning and empowerment academy will participate in important conversations around issues of identity, racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.
First Tee Leadership Summit in partnership with PGA TOUR Superstore | August 2-6, 9-13
Set in stunning Emigrant, Montana, West Creek Ranch will provide a unique physical setting that will encourage participants to expand their perspectives and develop key leadership concepts. In addition to experiential outdoor programming, First Tee teens will engage in workshops focused on self-exploration and discovery.
Coca-Cola America’s Future | September 1-4
Coca-Cola Company offers five participants the chance to experience downtown Atlanta visiting the Coca-Cola campus, attending new hire training, and taking part in interviews to determine the winner of a scholarship. Held in conjunction with The TOUR Championship.
PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee | September 21-26
An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the tournament pairs top participants from First Tee with a PGA TOUR Champions player and amateurs. To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf ability and life skills knowledge. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel.
First Tee Innovators Forum | October 8-11
First Tee Innovators Forum sets to empower First Tee teens to develop a meaningful service project in their communities focusing on raising awareness on global issues.
The First Tee College Scholarship Program is designed to provide further support, life skill development and mentorship of our alumni through their journey. The program also provides professional development workshops, access to internships and full-time employment placement post-graduation.
How Can Teens Take the Next Step?
These opportunities are only available to youth involved in chapters of First Tee. Most of the events and programs have a selection process that includes an application reviewed by a committee. Parents, if you want your child to participate, please inquire at your chapter.