I Am The First Tee: Daniel Dahlinger

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Daniel Dahlinger_junior golfer 2If you’re a participant of The First Tee and you’re reading this, stay in The First Tee program. It has changed my life, and it continues to do so.

I can honestly say that being in The First Tee has introduced me to life skills and guided me through character development that has made me a better person.

My experiences as a participant and junior golfer have forced me out of my comfort zone, helped me develop leadership skills through experience, taught me how to deal with conflict and have made me the person who I am today.

At the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach with Champions Tour player Willy Wood
At the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach with Champions Tour player Willy Wood

Before joining The First Tee, I didn’t know how to talk to people. I loved talking, but I couldn’t carry a conversation. The program taught me how to look a person in the eye, remember their name and carry a full conversation.

Heck I can’t remember a single full conversation that I had before joining The First Tee, but I can remember conversations I’ve had since…

The First Tee takes you places.

Daniel Dahlinger_junior golfer 3If you put into the program what you get out of it, and aren’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone, the possibilities are endless. There are thousands of other participants and alumni that would agree with me in a heartbeat. Don’t EVER give up on this program. Stick it through. Most of the best memories I have are thanks to The First Tee.

I am who I am now thanks to The First Tee. I’m equipped to confidently face college and the real world with the help of The First Tee. The First Tee changes lives for the better and if it hasn’t already, it can and will change yours.

In the media room at the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach with fellow player, Cameryn Smith
In the media center at the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach with fellow player, Cameryn Smith

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