Perseverance, confidence and responsibility are just a few of the values youth learn at The First Tee, which help set them up for success in life. Through the game of golf, our program aims to prepare youth for success – on the golf course, and in life. Alumni of The First Tee continue to demonstrate this impact by sharing their success stories.
Alumnus Steven Outlaw, from The First Tee of Lake County, shares his story, traveling the world while pursuing his goals.
As part of the initial class of The First Tee Scholars, I attended Georgetown College. I majored in political science with a minor in psychology. After college, I enrolled in the PGA, PGM Accelerated Program. After completing two levels of the program, I earned an internship with Troon Golf, the #1 Golf Management Company in the world. As they say, the rest is history.
I have worked with the company nearly 10 years, starting in Arizona. I traveled overseas to work in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi Golf Club). Currently, I am in Malaysia managing The Els Club Teluk Datai (rated #83 in the world by Golf Digest in 2016). These opportunities would not have been possible without The First Tee and the core values instilled in me such as perseverance and confidence. Much of what I learned during my time with The First Tee I use now to strengthen and empower my team. I am forever grateful and honored to be part of such a great organization. I look forward to the future of The First Tee and the path they will pave for the next generation.
Scholars and Success
The First Tee Scholars Program was launched in 2003 after Steven gave a speech at the age of 16 during The First Tee Network Meeting. Dr. William Crouch, then president of Georgetown College, surprised the audience by spontaneously offering Outlaw a scholarship to his school. Since that time, The First Tee has designated 930 teens as The First Tee Scholars. Over the past nine years, the home office and chapters awarded $7 million combined in college scholarships to participants.
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