Girls Golf: Leading the Way with Female Role Models

Categories: Coaching, Girls Golf
Rachel Maruno coaches young girls golf at The First Tee of North Florida.
Rachel Maruno, The First Tee Senior Manager of Coach Training, with girls at The First Tee of North Florida.

By Rachel Maruno,
The First Tee Senior Manager, Coach Training 

Young people today, especially girls, are experiencing more pressure than ever. Peers, parents, school and media all influence a girl’s concept of how she should look and act.

The First Tee junior golf and life skills programs strives to provide girls with the platform they need to become high-achievers in their personal goals, boost their self-esteem and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment.

Based on feedback from female golfers across The First Tee network, girls are more interested in participating and staying involved if they have more female role models. So we’re doing something about it!

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Last year was a record year for female leadership at The First Tee. There were more female executive directors, board members, program directors, coaches and volunteers than ever before.

For the first time in the history of The First Tee, a group of all-female trainers and home office staff, including myself, conducted a Level I coach training in San Francisco.

I was fortunate to be a part of this team of amazing women who are leading the way for other female coaches in network. 

The opportunity to learn from, and work with these ladies was one of the most empowering experiences I’ve had. We fed off each other’s energy, and collaborated to create an amazing learning environment for the 40 coaches in attendance.

Of the 40 coaches, four were alumnae of The First Tee. They were some of the strongest coaches in the training because, as they shared with me, they know what traits and skills made the good coaches that they were connected with when they were in the program. Seeing their journey in The First Tee come full circle was very gratifying!

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In addition to working at The First Tee home office, Rachel volunteers her time coach and mentor young ladies at The First Tee of North Florida.

These girls really rock!

One response to “Girls Golf: Leading the Way with Female Role Models

  1. Awesome article! Our daughter, Cameron Fishback came up through the First Tee of Canton Ohio. Her mother drove her 30 miles each way, each day, to attend. The core values and physical skills she learned were a springboard to her successful high school career as captain of her golf team. She went on to get an associates degree in 2016 in golf management from PGCC (Professional Golfers Career College) in Hilton Head. She is now starting in September 2016 as a golf coach in the Low Country First Tee program (Savannah, Hilton Head area). Full circle!
    We are so proud of her, and so grateful for the values and motivation First Tee provided. It is great to read an article like this because we must always support our girl’s participation in First Tee. Strong female leaders and role models like Ms. Maruno are critical to the success and support of the young girls entering the program, and I hope that First Tee continues its emphasis on building such a core group of female coaches.

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