Mission Moment: Connor Noble Found His Swing at The First Tee of Greater Houston

Categories: Coaching, I am the First Tee

By Chase Grant

Connor Noble, The First Tee of Greater Houston
Connor Noble, The First Tee of Greater Houston

Mission Moments: These are the moments that remind us that what we do isn’t nearly as important as why we do it.

In Texas, sport is king, and many young boys spend the hot summer days dreaming of one day playing on the soccer pitches, the baseball diamonds, or the gridirons under the Friday night lights. Connor Noble is one of those boys, but instead he dreams about the long fairways and narrow greens of Texas’ golf courses.

As a baby, Connor was diagnosed with a condition called hydrocephalus, a build up of fluid in the brain. After extensive time in the hospital, many of Connor’s side-effects were alleviated, but the procedure made one side of his body weaker than the other. Because of this condition, Connor could no longer pursue his dream of playing many traditional contact sports like his friends or his brothers could. Yet, Connor and his family would not be deterred.

His mother, Kristi, found a potential outlet for her son’s love of sport in The First Tee of Greater Houston and enrolled her son in the program. It didn’t take long for the Nobles to see that golf would not just be an outlet for Connor, it would become a passion. “I was hooked,” Connor said.

Connor and Coach Dana Schoenbach
Connor and Coach Dana Schoenbach

Two years into the program, Connor, now 12-years-old, is already a Birdie-level participant and loving every second of it. Not only the golf, but also being part of a team that supports and encourages him to succeed no matter what. Connor points to his coaches, Dana Schoenbach, a staff member of the Greater Houston chapter and volunteer Coach Jerry Barnard as some of his most influential instructors and mentors.

“This has helped his self-esteem,” Kristi Noble said. “Nobody judges him because of his disability. Everyone treats him like everyone else.”

Mission Moments is a new installment to The First Tee’s blog where we focus on our mission at it’s most important level: the participant.

If you are interested in reading more of stories of inspiration and perseverance, like Connor’s, please be sure to check out the Mission Moments section of The First Tee Magazine!

7 responses to “Mission Moment: Connor Noble Found His Swing at The First Tee of Greater Houston

  1. I am Connor’s proud aunt! This boy, has such a drive, and determination in everything that he does. Eventhough he may struggle with the small things, like opening a door, or tying his shoes, he doesn’t let anything, or anyone stand in his way. We believe in him, but most importanly, he believes in himself. His positive attitude is the key to his success!

  2. So proud of you, Connor. I enjoyed reading about all your golf accomplishments. So glad you are excited about this sport. Keep up the good work.

  3. Way to Go Conner! Our hearts swelled with joy for you in reading your story. Good luck in pursuing your dreams. God Bless You!

  4. The majority of first tee participants will not be come professional golfers. What they will become is responsible citizens. The important part of the First Tee program is its core values – Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Confidence,Curtesy, Responsibility, Respect, Judgement, and Perseverance.

  5. Connor – reading your story made my day! I so admire your passion & determination —& your great smile as well! You’ve given me yet another reason to be thankful – for all the terrific people @ The First Tee who work with you – & countless others – it’s not just a game we play – it’s the way we live our lives! Keep up the good work!

  6. Hi Connor, so happy you play golf! I play with The First Tee, Silicon Valley. Love to play together! Eduardo Tapper (7years). Ps: you are THE best!

  7. Go Connor! You are helping pave the way for many boys as well as girls: those having similar experiences to your own; as well as those wishing to express his/her athleticism through competition without the necessity of direct physical contact. Golf is the perfect venue!……and I’m proud you chose golf in which to pursue your dreams.
    My son was born 3 weeks early and suffered seizures the day after he was born. CAT scans dated the dried blood at the base of his brain to an auto accident in which we were involved when I was 8 months pregnant. I did not hit my head but the impact of the car hitting us from behind, at over 35 mph while stopped at a traffic light, was enough to total our van. I’ll never forget that jolt, which I’d learn later, risked our lives! We are blessed in that we no longer suffer from seizures.
    Findings from advanced, scientific studies on the brain are catching the attentions of physicians, coaches, athletes, and society; shedding new light on the serious implications of jolts, concussions & injuries to the head. A few years ago my son, now age 15, wanted to participate in city league football. But a family decision was made that it would not be a wise choice. Like you, he plays golf and participates in “The First Tee of the Triangle”! Who knows, some day you both might meet up on the golf course!
    Connor, you are a pioneer & a hero. Thank you from our family!

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