National Events and Leadership OPPORTUNITIES
The First Tee junior golf program doesn’t just get kids on the course, it offers them exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of our corporate partners, we host a series of events to our more advanced participants, allowing them to meet new people, play some golf, achieve greatness, and show off our nine core values in action. Descriptions and selected individuals are listed in the dropdown boxes below.
Ask your chapter about applying for any of the following opportunities.
COCA-COLA AMERICA’S FUTURE | aug. 21-24
Coca-Cola Company offers five participants the chance to experience downtown Atlanta visiting the Coca-Cola campus, attending new hire training, and taking part in interviews to determine the winner of a scholarship. Held in conjunction with The TOUR Championship.
JOHN DEERE DRIVE YOUR FUTURE ACADEMY | June 24-28
This all-girls event focuses on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.
JOHN DEERE POWER FOR GOOD SCHOLARSHIP | July 7-11
Participants submit a written essay about how they are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and neighborhoods. Three essay applicants will each receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship and a VIP experience at the John Deere Classic.
Each summer, 96 participants from the chapter network are selected to attend the week-long academy. They participate in championship golf and life skill development, are challenged to lead others and explore college life including dorm living and creating a network of new friends.
PERFECT SENSE UNIFIED CHALLENGE | Jun. 23-27
The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge is a team event with junior golfers from The First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country.
PURE INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP IMPACTING THE FIRST TEE | Sept. 24-30
An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the tournament pairs top participants from The First Tee with a PGA TOUR Champions player and amateurs. To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf ability and life skills knowledge. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel.
This six-day event provides 32 participants the chance to compete in a 36-hole tournament to be crowned the Boys’ and Girls’ National Par-3 Champion. Participants also represent their territory as two co-ed teams, East and West, go head-to-head in a team match-play format.
WELLS FARGO SUCCEEDING TOGETHER | april 29-may 5
Teenage participants can compete through an essay contest for the opportunity to attend the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, N.C. Four winners are selected, with the grand prize winner receiving the opportunity to play in the pro-am with the PGA TOUR player of their choice.
Deadline: March 19
Encourages all participants to excel academically and to stay on track for eligibility in The First Tee Scholars Program. Participants of all ages who earn As and Bs (or equivalent) on their report cards will receive signed certificates. Deadline: November 30
This distinction is awarded to participants who are seniors in high school and excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. A limited number of scholarships are available each year and are awarded after the class is designated.
Deadline: February 26
How can teens take the next step?
These opportunities are only available to youth involved in chapters of The First Tee. Most of the events and programs have a selection process that includes an application reviewed by a committee. Parents, if you want your child to participate, please inquire at your chapter.
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