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.
COCA-COLA AMERICA’S FUTURE
Coca-Cola Company offers five participants the chance to experience working at one of the largest corporations in the world. The semifinalists spend four days in 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. Learn More
COLLEGE GOLF PREP ACADEMY
The week-long academy is intended for advanced players within the chapter network who are pursuing collegiate golf. The academy provides the competitive experience of playing for a college golf team and the golf skills, life skills and health and wellness aspects associated with competing at a higher level. Learn More
JOHN DEERE DRIVE YOUR FUTURE ACADEMY
This all-girls event will focus on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork. Learn more
JOHN DEERE POWER FOR GOOD SCHOLARSHIP
Participants will submit a written essay focusing on how the students are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and/or neighborhoods. Two essay applicants will each receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship and a VIP experience at the John Deere Classic. Learn more
LIFE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
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. Learn More
OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANT & LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Teen participants have the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools and communities. Of the 28 participants in attendance, eight are named semifinalists for The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award, presented by Shell Oil Company and receive college scholarships. Learn More
PERFECT SENSE UNIFIED CHALLENGE
The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge is a Ryder Cup team event with junior golfers from The First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country. Learn more
PURE INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP IMPACTING THE FIRST TEE
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 anility and life skills knowledge. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel. Learn More
THE FIRST TEE PAR-3 CHAMPIONSHIP
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. Learn More
USGA “LEARNING SCIENCE THROUGH GOLF” STEM ACADEMY
At the USGA “Learning Science Through Golf” STEM Academy, teenagers will experience hands-on access to the USGA Research & Test Center, a facility that houses both specialized golf club and ball testing equipment. Learn more
WELLS FARGO SUCCEEDING TOGETHER
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. Learn More
A/B HONOR ROLL RECOGNITION
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. Learn more
THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
This distinction is awarded to participants who are seniors in high school and excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. Participants that meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for the designation in the fall of their senior year. A limited number of scholarships are available each year and are awarded after the class is designated. Learn More
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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