making a difference

At The First Tee we strive to not only make good golfers, but better people. Participants and alumni across the country talk about what The First Tee means to them, how the program has influenced them and how they plan to give back. In this blog, you will find out why golf is truly different than other sports by seeing it through the eyes of our participants and mentors who make our mission a reality.

Why I Became a Coach at The First Tee

Categories: Blog, Coaching

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At The First Tee, we take coaching seriously. We believe that a meaningful, quality relationship between coach and participant is vital to our program. Our mission wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated coaches. Are ...

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How to React To Challenging Situations

Categories: Blog, Life Skills

We all face challenges in life. Whether it is a sport like golf or life in general, few goals are ever achieved without encountering some obstacles along the way. Part of our mission at The First Tee is to equip youth to deal with challenges, no matter how big or small. Youth in our junior golf pr...

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Participant Speaks About Perseverance at a Special Event During the 2016 Ryder Cup

Categories: Blog, I am the First Tee, Life Skills, The First Tee Nine Core Values

During the 2016 Ryder Cup held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., The First Tee of the Twin Cities located in St. Paul hosted a private luncheon with special guest Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR. One of the chapter’s outstanding participants, Parker Reddig, was giv...

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6 Ways to Get Noticed by a College Golf Coach

Categories: Blog, Coaching, The First Tee Alumni

Playing golf, or any sport, at the college level is competitive. What does it take to get noticed by a college golf coach? T.D. Luten, the assistant coach for the Duke University Men’s Golf Team and past executive director at The First Tee of the Triangle (2005–2012), shares his thoughts on how...

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Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., Set to Retire in 2017 as Organization Celebrates 20 Year Milestone

Categories: Blog, News Releases

St. Augustine, Fla. (October 5, 2016) – After leading The First Tee from reaching hundreds of young people in 2000 to impacting more than four million annually, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. has announced his intention to step down as CEO at the end of 2017 as the organization celebrates its 20th annivers...

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