4 Ways To Encourage Positive Thinking In Kids

We all deal with highs and lows in life. Even as kids, we experience a variety of emotions that have a direct impact on our choices, and the way we think about ourselves. A bad experience can result in negative thinking which can be detrimental to a young person’s self confidence and outlook on life. That’s why positive thinking is so powerful— not just for adults but kids as well. Maintaining a positive attitude can be challenging at times, but through practice and encouragement it becomes a skill that can shape and transform young lives.

Just as you exercise your swing before hitting the ball, it’s important to practice things that can promote positive thinking. Our minds are valuable tools, and maintaining a healthy and positive headspace can improve confidence and drive in all aspects of life.

Here are four ways that you can encourage positive thinking in your kids:

  1. Always Give Your Best Effort – Parents and mentors should encourage kids to give their best effort as often as possible. At First Tee, we believe that it is important to help kids show up to the challenge, and develop the resilience and inner strength needed to give their best effort on and off the golf course. If kids can give their best effort in all of their endeavors, they will be able to realize what they are truly capable of. This can directly improve their confidence, and help them develop a positive attitude about the world around them.
  1. Give Back To Your Community – Giving back to your community, or causes that you care about is another great way to maintain a positive mindset. Volunteering can help your family connect with others who hold similar values and beliefs. Even activities as simple as tutoring someone on the weekend, or pulling a neighbor’s weeds can have a tremendous effect on the community you live in. When kids can see that their actions can make a positive difference in the world, they will be more likely to feel positively about themselves, and their community.
  1. Practice Positive Self-Talk – Parents and mentors should show kids the importance of being gentle with themselves and others. A great way to help kids develop this skill is to tell them to talk to themselves as if they are talking to their best friend. If they wouldn’t say something mean to their friend or loved one, they shouldn’t say it to themselves. The way we think directly impacts our behavior and feelings about the world. If kids can think positively about themselves, they will likely feel the same way about the world around them.
  1. Take Ownership & Responsibility For Your Actions – Helping kids realize they have control over the outcomes of the challenges they face can help build confidence and reduce overall anxiety. Reducing anxiety and practicing problem-solving skills at a young age can have a huge effect on how their mindset develops through the rest of their lives. Raising confident kids is one of the best ways to help encourage positive thinking.

First Tee guides kids and teens to strengthen what’s inside them and put it into action. It’s a priority for us to show young people the value of caring for their social and emotional wellness. So when they step up to the next shot, math test, or presentation they have the strength to move forward, aim further, and finish stronger than the last time.

If you are interested in getting your child involved with First Tee, you can learn more and sign up today.

The Impact Of Having A Good Mentor

Having someone that you can look up to and go to for support is one the most important things a kid can have. Mentors give youth (and even adults) the confidence they need to confront challenges and come up with their own solutions. They provide a safe place for kids and teens to be themselves and have fun, while also learning valuable life skills.  

A great mentor has many traits— they can be a role model, cheerleader, policy enforcer, advocate, and friend to the students they work with. First Tee mentors have a sincere desire to be involved with their students, and treat them with respect. They practice active listening skills and empathy, while also seeking solutions and opportunities for those they work with. 

We celebrate each of our coaches, and recognize them for the unique role they play in young lives. In fact, research shows that First Tee participants think of their coaches as more than just teachers and counselors, but real mentors who have made a positive difference in their lives. 

Here are four ways a mentor impacts their mentees that were inspired and created by what our junior golfers have to say about their coaches:

1. Mentors show that you can never stop learning

They are always growing and showcasing that to their mentees who can feel inspired by how they adapt to life’s challenges.

“I constantly heard that sport emulates life, and life emulates sports. I didn’t understand this concept until I started the First Tee program. Through this sport, I learned accountability and responsibility for my actions and how to respond to adversity.  These lessons have affected my thinking about the impact I have on those around me and how important it is for me to strive to be my best self.”  – Quincy Crawford, participant, 2021 Scholar

2. Mentors help inspire students to be game-changers

Not just for themselves, but in their everyday lives and especially with their peers.

“Having an amazing mentor through the First Tee who I have developed a strong relationship with has inspired me to help others find mentors that can help them through their education and career.”Remi Shendell, participant, First Tee Scholar

3. Mentors teach the importance of active listening

Not only do they offer support, but they show how valuable it can be to listen to someone in both good and bad times.

“Coach Mary Beth McGirr has been a major influence in my life, helping me with golf and with learning critical life skills that will aid me throughout my life. She took me under her wing and has been a shining example for me to follow. Additionally, as a woman, she has been an amazing mentor and example of a strong, confident female for me to look up to and admire. Coach Mary Beth has been one of my biggest fans and encourages me to do my best. She takes time to talk about my golf, life, family and personal struggles. She has been an excellent example of a strong leader and businesswoman who consistently gives back to the game and the community.” –  Alyssa Caraballo, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

4. Mentors guide students to lead by example

It’s easy to tell someone what to do, but more impactful to give students the tools and examples they need to come to their own solutions.

“Coach Donnie Caldwell, PGA has given me great advice with my golf but more importantly, in my life. He has told me ‘make choices today that you’ll be proud of tomorrow.’ I used to just make choices that seemed the easiest or most convenient. But now I take time to think about those big decisions and how my choices may also affect others. Without him and his advice, I don’t know where I would be with my life, and that’s scary. He has made me a better person and he has shown me how to make the most of my life.” – Braxton Caldwell, First Tee of Pine Mountain

As you can see, the impact of a great mentor is one of our strongest tools in life. Our mentors work to guarantee students that there is someone who cares about them and who will assure them they are not alone in dealing with challenges. Offered at more than 1,200 locations, our program was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by trained coaches, or as our participants say— mentors! 

Check with your local chapter about how you can become a mentor to a junior golfer in your community.

Quick 9: Denise W

Mentoring

Denise W, First Tee – San Francisco 

1. Why is mentorship important?

It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed, especially since we now live in an extremely fast-paced world where expectations for us are very high, so having a mentor to guide us through our development process is definitely reassuring.

2. What makes someone a good mentor?

Listening and being able to communicate effectively are qualities that make someone a good mentor. With such qualities, a mentor will be able to offer constructive feedback which will aid in a mentee’s future development.

3. Who has been an impactful mentor to you?

My mom has definitely been the most impactful mentor for me.

4. What have you learned from her/him?

From my mom, I learned that no matter what the circumstances are, hard work pays off. My mom immigrated to the U.S. in hopes to find better future prospects for the family and despite not knowing any English, she still continued to work hard in the U.S. to achieve her goals. In the end, all of her hard work and efforts paid off because she was able to provide the basic necessities for our family and grant my siblings and I access to a higher education.

5. How did/does your mentor help encourage you?

My mom always tells me, “Don’t be afraid of failure. Just go for it!” These are words that I will always remember because they encourage me to try new things, even if I don’t necessarily succeed. It’s a way of telling me that failure is a learning experience and if I fail, I can keep trying.

6. Have you grown as a result of your mentor?

Yes, I have grown as a result of my mom. Her guidance has helped me become more disciplined and more open to new experiences and opportunities. Without her, I don’t think I would be the person I am today.

7. What would it mean to you to become a mentor? Or Do you serve as a mentor at your chapter or any other capacity?

For me, being a mentor is very meaningful and fulfilling because not only am I able to help others, I am also able to develop myself further as a leader.

8. Do you have any advice on how to choose the best mentor in your life?

Find someone who cares about you and is willing to take the time out of their busy day to listen to your needs and help you.

9. What has First Tee taught you about mentorship?

First Tee has taught me that both the mentor and mentee are learners. Both rely on each other as a resource for new perspectives and knowledge. It’s not a one way relationship where only the mentor is helping the mentee.

Quick 9: Ricky L.

Mentoring

Ricky L., First Tee – Tri Valley

1. Why is mentorship important?

Mentorship is important because it allows a chain of knowledge and wisdom from years of experience from mentors to be passed down to mentees, unlocking their potential. Mentorship gives underprivileged students guidance to take control of their own life.

2. What makes someone a good mentor?

A great mentor is someone who has as much common ground with the mentee as possible, such as similar circumstances, college, passions, and career trajectory. More importantly, a great mentor actively listens to the mentee, providing insightful feedback, advice, or opportunities in return.

3. Who has been an impactful mentor to you?

The mentor I have been paired with from the First Tee Scholarship, Jim Smith from Morgan Stanley, has been an amazing mentor, a key guide through all my academic, career, and spiritual difficulties.

4. What have you learned from her/him?

Through our monthly discussions together over the past year, Mr. Smith has given me an abundance of wisdom from his years of experience in becoming a Senior Wealth Portfolio Manager. Also, his advice has helped me get past my choice paralysis in deciding career pathways and majors in college.

5. How did/does your mentor help encourage you?

When I hear about Mr. Smith’s stories of his journey in finding, developing, and maintaining both a loyal client basis and talented team through ups and downs, I am inspired. Additionally, Mr. Smith provides so many life tools, advice, and books/video recommendations to help me stay on a healthy path and achieve career goals.

6. Have you grown as a result of your mentor?

Because of Mr. Smith, I have learned to prioritize my different goals and face my reality with a clear mind. Although remaining open to life, I truly want to serve the world, my community, and my family while also pursuing my passions in computer science, finance, and fitness.

7. What would it mean to you to become a mentor? Or Do you serve as a mentor at your chapter or any other capacity?

Being a mentor to someone is a true honor to me because I can impact someone’s life so personally. I am in Harvard’s Chinese Student Association, and as a sophomore, I am a mentor to freshmen paired with me. Although it can be worrying wondering if you are providing value to your mentees, remember that simply listening and sharing your experience can help them out.

8. Do you have any advice on how to choose the best mentor in your life?

Be open to all mentors, even if they may not align with you in certain aspects such as passions, hobbies, career path, or academic major. Hearing a different perspective may change your mind and open new pathways that you may have not considered. Listen to what your mentor truly has to say and keep asking questions.

9. What has First Tee taught you about mentorship?

First Tee has taught me that mentorship comes from a genuine care to better the world and your community, and that most often, mentees become mentors to future generations. Mentorship keeps the spirit of the First Tee alive as older students come back to volunteer their time to help their chapters.

Looking Back on the First Tee Leadership Summit

This August, we held our first ever First Tee Leadership Summit in the unforgettable backdrop of West Creek Ranch in Montana. This event took place for two weeks, bringing together 20 teens each week from across the country to develop leadership skills through dynamic outdoor and team-building activities. Through collaborative workshops, First Tee’s core competencies of building character, self-confidence and resilience played a huge part of the experience, to explore the concepts of relationship building, positive risk taking, and character evaluation. We recently caught up with participant Benjamin Parris from First Tee – Denver to hear how this year’s event impacted him.

Benjamin Parris, First Tee – Denver

In Denver, I often hear the amazing experiences fellow participants have when they return from First Tee national events. Until the first week of August 2021, I had never experienced one for myself and I was not quite sure what to expect when I was selected for The First Tee Leadership Summit in Partnership with the PGA TOUR Superstore at Mr. Arthur M. Blank’s West Creek Ranch in Montana. As soon as I arrived at the airport, I knew it would be a special week as I was immediately greeted by fellow participants and alumni chaperones. When we arrived at West Creek, even more participants were eager to greet us and introduce themselves. I knew I had formed relationships almost immediately, and those only got better as the week went on. At the summit, we got to participate in activities such as horseback riding, archery, white water rafting, and other spectacular outdoor experiences. Also, during our days, we had the opportunities to listen to guest speakers like Dick Sullivan (CEO of the PGA TOUR Superstore), Ralph Stokes (the PGA TOUR Superstore’s Director of Partnership Marketing and former University of Alabama running back), Joe Shepard (a PGA TOUR Superstore Regional Manager), Stacie Monks (a PGA TOUR Superstore District Manager), and our keynote speaker Michael Vick (former NFL quarterback). We learned lessons in values, teamwork, skill sets, representation, and more. Each day at the summit had a different theme. Our themes were: “relationships are the foundation for leadership,” “positive risk taking,” and “my character is me.” While our speakers were able to give us insightful words and stories on these themes, we learned just as much from our outdoor experiences as we did from our speakers. On Tuesday, we focused on relationships and how trust is the foundation of every successful relationship. After hearing from Dick Sullivan and Michael Vick, six participants, including myself, departed for the ropes course while everyone else elected to horseback ride. When we arrived, we immediately had to build a relationship as we picked partners to ascend on a partner climb up a 30-foot wooden ladder. My partner Sam Gibbs from the First Tee of Fort Worth deserves a quick shoutout for putting her trust in me all week from the second we became partners at the ropes course. On Wednesday, we worked on taking positive risks. My first risk of the day was waking up at 6:30 after a late night to go on a sunrise hike. Let me tell you, the views in Montana were spectacular, it was very much worth the risk of not sleeping in. Later that day I took another risk by going on a 3-hour horseback excursion, by far the longest I had ever been near another animal, besides my dog at home. My biggest takeaway from learning about positive risks were to approach people who think differently than you so you can challenge your own thinking and to seek out your own mentorships. On Thursday, our final full day at the summit, we did a lot of self-reflection while thinking about how to own our characters. Stacie Monks began the day after another gorgeous sunrise hike. She posed the following question to all the participants. “What type of leader do you want to be?” She went onto discuss how to create a culture when you are leading others and how to empower them. Later that morning we had perhaps the hardest task of the entire summit, but also to me the most impactful. We were asked to complete this phrase. “This is what I believe about myself as a leader…” This wasn’t a simple sentence to complete, and to really answer the question, it required more than just a few sentences. To complete the thought, I had to reflect upon all the things I had been through that week at West Creek. I had to think about climbing with a partner, taking leaps of faith, the inspiration I had received from our speakers and workshops, and what I had learned from all the people around me. Later that evening, we sat around the fire pit as we listened and shared all 18 of us has discovered about ourselves as leaders. My favorite part of the leadership summit was the comradery all of the participants formed. I got the opportunity to make 17 new friends, who over the course of the week felt like family. I know that I’ll be keeping in touch with them for years and years to come and can’t wait until I can see them again. For me, the week made me feel like a true member of the greater First Tee family. I had never met a fellow participant from outside of Colorado, but now I feel like I’m connected to the First Tee everywhere I go. I can’t wait to stay involved with the program as I go to college and beyond. I want to thank the First Tee, PGA TOUR Superstore and West Creek Ranch staff one final time for giving me what was truly a life changing experience. The programming was phenomenal, and the experiences were irreplicable. I came back home truly knowing what type of leader I am and how I can continue to grow as a leader. I can’t wait to apply what I learned in Montana to our local programs in Denver as well as other extracurriculars I participate in. I feel honored that I was a part of the inaugural summit.

Draymond Green Gives Back Through The First Tee

Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green is making a difference on the court, but also on the golf course. The NBA named Green one of the top ten finalists for the 2015-16 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing charitable work. If he wins, he will earn $25,000 for The First Tee of the East Bay. “We are honored to be named Draymond’s charity of choice. Draymond is an inspiration not only to our youth, but to the entire Oakland community.  His commitment and never-ending enthusiasm is as remarkable off the court as it is on the court.” – Executive Director of The First Tee of the East Bay Fans can vote for Draymond from May 9-18 on social media. Here’s how:
  • Twitter:  tweet a comment using both hashtags: #NBACommunityAssist and #DraymondGreen. Retweets will also count as votes
  • Instagram: post a photo using #NBACommunityAssist and #DraymondGreen in the photo description Only unique posts will be included in the vote; commenting on a post using both hashtags does not qualify as a vote
  • Facebook: Respond/comment on a post from an NBA account (League, NBA Cares, Team, nominee’s official page) using #NBACommunityAssist #DraymondGreen
 

PwC Extends Support of The First Tee during THE PLAYERS 2016 and Beyond

St. Augustine, Fla. (May 10, 2016)  – Thanks to PwC, The First Tee’s mission to affect the lives of young people through the game of golf will be highlighted this week during THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. PwC has been associated with The First Tee since 2000 and continues to expand its support. Currently more than 25 PwC partners, retired partners and staff serve as volunteer board members for chapters of The First Tee. Several activities will take place at the tournament this year, including:
  • For the 12th year, PwC will host select Scholars of The First Tee during THE PLAYERS at its Executive Business Forum.  Four Scholars will engage in a learning experience uniquely designed to teach them about the business of a top professional services firm and the corporate world at large. The participants will interact with corporate leaders and hear from knowledgeable speakers on topics facing American business today.
  • PwC’s The First Tee Challenge will allow fans to take their shot at a scaled version of the par-3 17th at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Located in the Stadium Village and open to the general public all week, fans will have two free shots to try and hit the green and win prizes.  Fans will have the option to purchase either a third shot for $5 or a Fast Pass for $20, with proceeds benefiting The First Tee of North Florida. Representatives from The First Tee home office and the North Florida chapter will serve as volunteers throughout the week.
  • PwC will host 200 participants from The First Tee North Florida’s youth programs. Students will hit off the 17th hole replica and take part in experiential golf-themed learning activities–created by the MIND Research Institute–that teach math concepts such as scale, distance and velocity in the context of golf.
  • The First Tee will receive significant exposure during the telecast (on Golf Channel and SirusXM PGA TOUR Radio, thanks to a donation of commercial inventory by PwC, a Trustee of The First Tee, and the PGA TOUR, one of The First Tee’s Founding Partners.
“The First Tee has played a unique role in broadening the efforts of PwC’s Earn Your Future commitment, which has reached more than 2.5 million students and educators through outreach focused on building financial capability,” said Shannon Schuyler, principal, chief purpose office and corporate responsibility leader at PwC, and president of the PwC Charitable Foundation. “We are proud to support The First Tee, nationally and through our local markets, to leverage their expertise in developing core values and healthy habits, and connecting that work to financial decisions.” “For 16 years PwC has been an important supporter of The First Tee and we are grateful for their longstanding support nationally and in chapter markets,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “Their commitment to our efforts helps to build awareness and extend our mission to more young people and their communities.” THE PLAYERS will air on May 11-15 on Golf Channel and NBC. Visitwww.PGATOUR.COM/THEPLAYERS for specific airtimes. For more information about The First Tee or to follow the activities taking place during THE PLAYERS, visit www.firsttee.org or follow on Facebook. About The First Tee The First Tee (www.firsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United States and select international locations. In 2015, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 4.7 million young people. The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair. About THE PLAYERS Championship THE PLAYERS Championship annually combines the best field in golf with the world-class venue that is THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Optum, Morgan Stanley and PwC are the exclusive Proud Partners of THE PLAYERS. Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled more than $75 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $8.1 million generated in 2015. In April 2011, THE PLAYERS announced a new charitable focus, committing to generate $50 million for youth-related charities over the next 10 years. For more on THE PLAYERS and the surrounding area, visit theplayerschampionship.com orfloridashistoriccoast.com. Media Contact: Sara Henika The First Tee 904-940-4341 [email protected]

SCNS Sports Foods Becomes Gold Partner of The First Tee

SCNS Sports Foods is proud to become a Gold Partner to The First Tee, an organization that provides positive youth development through golf. SCNS Sports Foods supports The First Tee via donating a portion of the proceeds on every bar sold of their gluten free Trail Mix bars. There are two varieties – Dark Chocolate Chip and Cranberry. Each bar is a delicious combination of gluten free oats, and six different nuts and seeds. The primary sweetener of each bar is agave syrup, and the bars do not contain any artificial ingredients. “Golfers need sustained energy in order to play their best. Our gluten free Trail Mix bars are designed to help golfers sustain energy while providing great taste,” said Bill Stewart, Chief Operating Officer of SCNS Sports Foods. “Our Trail Mix bars are also a great light meal or snack off the course as well” Stewart added. “We are especially pleased to be able to contribute a portion of the proceeds on these bars to The First Tee across the country. Their youth development programs have positively impacted millions of young people over the years, and helped them learn highly valuable life lessons while learning the game of golf,” Stewart noted. “The First Tee is reliant upon charitable contributions to carry out our mission and is grateful to receive support from donors like SCNS Sports Foods” said Jennifer Weiler, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The First Tee. “We’re positively impacting the lives of young people thanks in great part to their contributions.” 1st Tee™ and 10th Tee™ golf nutrition and energy bars are sold at over 2,000 golf courses and golf retail outlets across the United States. For more information on 1st Tee and 10th Tee golf nutrition and energy bars, please visit www.golfenergybar.com or call toll free 1-888-638-8686. Contact: Bill Stewart, Chief Operating Officer at [email protected]

The First Tee National Par-3 Championship 2016 Winners

 

Madalyn Ardueser from The First Tee of Greater Portland Wins Girls Division and Presley

Mackelberg from The First Tee of Northern Nevada Wins Boys Division of The First Tee’s

National Par-3 Championship 

 

Richmond, VA (June 25, 2016) – Madalyn Ardueser representing The First Tee of Greater Portland and Presley Mackelberg representing The First Tee of Northern Nevada clinched The First Tee’s National Par-3 Championship title today for their respective divisions. The First Tee National Par-3 Championship is a unique event that gathers 32 junior golfers from around the country to participate in a 36-hole individual stroke play competition at an exclusive Par-3 course. The tournament took place this weekend at The Kanawha Club in Mankin-Sabot, Virginia.  Ardueser and Mackelberg both finished +8 over 36-holes. The girls division runner up, Alice Duan +11 (T2), The First Tee of Northern Nevada, faced Mariana Ocano +11 (T2), The First Tee of St. Petersburg, in a play-off for the runnerup trophy. Duan came out on top after two holes of battle. Steven Schnobrich +9, The First Tee of New Hampshire, finished runner-up in the boys division. “[Today] the pin locations were easier and the greens rolled about the same so it made easier to putt,” Ardueser reflects. “It means a lot to win this tournament.t I came from the other side of country, all the way Oregon, and I came to represent my chapter and The First Tee program overall. It was a great test of perseverance and I think anyone who is thinking of considering coming to an event like this should go for it because it teaches you a lot about yourself.” Ardueser is attending Eastern Washington University on golf scholarship in the fall. “I thought the pin locations were a little more scoreable and the greens were slower greens from rain over night,” Mackelberg noted. “It means a lot [to win this tournament] because I can go back to my chapter and tell them about my experience. I hope to inspire others to come here and have fun, too. I always say that people should enjoy the courses you’re playing and the people you’re playing with.” Mackelberg is a rising junior in high school and has goals to play college golf. Full Scores:  
First Name

Last Name

Chapter

Round 1 + Round 2 + OVERALL OVERALL +

Olivia

Alcoran

Greater Sacramento

66

12

65

11

131

23

Madalyn

Ardueser

Greater Portland

57

3

59

5

116

8

Hallie

Boles

Pine Mountain

65

11

61

7

126

18

Sayaka

Carpenter

Raritan Valley

70

16

56

2

126

18

Serena

Chen

Greater Trenton

66

12

65

11

131

23

Kaitlynn

Criswell

Phoenix

65

11

68

14

133

25

Alice

Duan

Northern Nevada

61

7

58

4

119

11

Madelyn

Edwards

Aiken

71

17

68

14

139

31

Angelica

Harris

Greater New Orleans

65

11

59

5

124

16

Emily

Harvey

Valparaiso

64

10

71

17

135

27

Savannah

Kummelman

Lakeland

77

23

69

15

146

38

Tarin

Leong

Fort Worth

66

12

63

9

129

21

Mariana

Ocano

St. Petersburg

61

7

58

4

119

11

Lauren

Palmer

Greater San Antonio

71

17

69

15

140

32

Jayla

Rogers

Brunswick County

65

11

68

14

133

25

Belle

Tan

Greater Dallas

60

6

60

6

120

12

Tyler

Armstrong

East Baton Rouge Parish

61

7

58

4

119

11

Owen

Avrit

Central Coast

59

5

62

8

121

13

Joseph

Auth

Pittsburgh

63

9

69

15

132

24

Carlo

Carino

Greater New Orleans

68

14

66

12

134

26

Cole

Elmore

Salina

65

11

64

10

129

21

Evan

Griffith

Fort Smith

61

7

65

11

126

18

Alexander

Lamm

Greater Charlotte

61

7

60

6

121

13

Jason

Liu

Connecticut

61

7

60

6

121

13

Seth

Lomison

the Triad

63

9

58

4

121

13

Alexander

Lowe

Fort Worth

68

14

69

15

137

29

Presley

Mackelburg

Northern Nevada

59

5

57

3

116

8

Steven

Schnobrich

New Hampshire

60

6

57

3

117

9

Scott

Schuster

Greater Houston

71

17

60

6

131

23

Deion

Shepherd

Raritan Valley

65

11

57

3

122

14

Brice

Smoker

Aiken

70

16

62

8

132

24

Alex

Woo

Greater Richmond

81

27

68

14

149

41

   

About The First Tee National Par-3 Championship

The First Tee’s National Par3 Championship is a national opportunity for network participants. To qualify, youth ages 14-17 must go through a thorough application process; girls must have a handicap of 10 or better and boys must have a handicap of 8 or better to be accepted into the event. The playing field is made up of 16 boys and 16 girls representing 26 chapters of The First Tee from 16 different states. Because this is a national opportunity produced by The First Tee, Life Skills and healthy habits are incorporated into daily activities—the overall theme being “the responsibilities of leadership.” On Friday, June 24th, the participants will compete in an individual stroke play competition on an exclusive Par-3 course, The Kanawha Club in Manakin-Sabot, VA. One boy and one girl will be named The First Tee National Par-3 Champion after 36 total holes of individual stroke play, Saturday, June 25thThe University of Richmond will house participants from Wednesday through Sunday.  

About The First Tee

The First Tee (www.firsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youthserving locations. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to nine million young people in all 50 United States and select international locations. The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair. In 2015, The First Tee of Greater Richmond reached over 22,000 youth through The First Tee Life Skills Experience, collaborative community partnerships, and The First Tee National School Program. At three programming locations, the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range, The Chesterfield Golf Course, and Independence Golf Club, the chapter provides spring, summer, and fall programs, as well as summer camps and a spring break camp. During programs and camps, head coaches and volunteer coaches positively develop young people with a supportive environment.

Media Contacts

Madison Rogers Director of Marketing & Special Events, The First Tee of Greater Richmond [email protected] 804-357-8125   Brent Schneider Executive Director, The First Tee of Greater Richmond [email protected]  804-349-3364

Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Brings 81 Teenagers an Opportunity of a Lifetime

The First Tee participants to play in official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach in September

St. Augustine, Fla. (July 6, 2016) – Participants representing chapters of The First Tee throughout the country have been selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official PGA TOUR Champions event hosted by Monterey Peninsula Foundation. The event will be held September 13-18 and televised internationally on Golf Channel. Eighty-one young men and women listed below, ages 14 to 18, were selected by a national panel of judges that evaluated participants’ playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee. “At Nature Valley we have great admiration for the mission of The First Tee. The program has such a meaningful impact in the lives of young people by strengthening important values like responsibility, judgement and perseverance. The opportunity for these teenagers to be selected as a part of The First Tee has the power to transform lives,” said Carla Vernón at General Mills. “The teenagers selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open have worked hard to prepare for this opportunity, and we are immensely proud to welcome them to this year’s tournament.” The juniors will be teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Players committed to compete include two-time major championship winner John Daly, World Golf Hall of Fame member and 28-time PGA TOUR Champions winner Bernhard Langer, and defending champion Esteban Toledo. The junior field was announced this morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The show included current U.S. Presidents Cup captain and soon-to-be PGA TOUR Champions member Steve Stricker, Quicken Loans National winner Billy Hurley III, PGA TOUR player and The First Tee alumnus Scott Langley, Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer and 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open pro-junior winner Michelle Xie surprising six juniors with the news of their selection. Highlights from the coverage can be found on www.golfchannel.com. “We are pleased to introduce this year’s juniors in the Nature Valley First Tee Open, an event to which many have been working hard to secure their spot for years,” Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee, said. “We appreciate our partners—Nature Valley, PGA TOUR Champions, Pebble Beach Resorts, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Golf Channel—and their commitment to the event which is a life-changing experience for the juniors.” In its 13th year, more than 710 participants from The First Tee chapters have benefited from the opportunity to play in the tournament by meeting and learning from PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field, utilizing the leadership and life skills they have acquired at their chapters. The Nature Valley First Tee Open is one of 10 national opportunities provided by The First Tee home office to encourage and motivate young people as they progress through the program and toward high school graduation. The First Tee is a nonprofit youth development organization with golf programs centered on building character through Nine Core Values™: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Clint Eastwood is chairman of the event and Arnold Palmer, World Golf Hall of Fame member and Trustee of The First Tee, is honorary co-chair. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and final round will be played on Pebble Beach on Sunday. For more information, visit www.thefirstteeopen.com. To learn more about The First Tee, visit www.firsttee.org.

The First Tee Participants Selected to Play in 2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open

Alphabetical by state

First Name:

Last Name:

Chapter:

City:

State:

Josie

Roberson

The First Tee of Central Arkansas

Maumelle

AR

William

Gibson

The First Tee of Fort Smith

Fort Smith

AR

Sydnie

Gamble

The First Tee of Fort Smith

Greenwood

AR

Grayson

Martin

The First Tee of Central Arkansas

White Hall

AR

Patrick

Fernandez

The First Tee of Phoenix

Surprise

AZ

Dylan

Choi

The First Tee of Greater Pasadena

La Cañada

CA

Caitlyn

Yamashita

The First Tee of Greater Pasadena

Pasadena

CA

Beah

Cruz

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Fairfield

CA

Emily

Dixon

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Rocklin

CA

Grant

Leppek

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Rocklin

CA

Neeve

Chen

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Roseville

CA

Jonathan

Tanihana

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Sacramento

CA

Calista

Reyes

The First Tee of San Diego

San Diego

CA

Catherine

Batang

The First Tee of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

Madeline

Zunino

The First Tee of San Joaquin

Stockton

CA

Isabelle

Castro

The First Tee of Silicon Valley

San Jose

CA

Jacob

Meyberg

The First Tee of Silicon Valley

San Jose

CA

Joshua

Meyberg

The First Tee of Silicon Valley

San Jose

CA

Rachel

Roter

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

Livermore

CA

Kailer

Rundiks

The First Tee of Denver

Denver

CO

Chase

Skrubis

The First Tee of Connecticut

North Granby

CT

Kaden

Kinard

The First Tee of Delaware

New Castle

DE

Nicolas

Kresl

The First Tee of Lakeland

Lakeland

FL

Jake

Moscoso

The First Tee of Miami

Miami

FL

Christian

Taylor

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Naples

FL

Kelly

Newbrough

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Naples

FL

Makenzie

Hotchkiss

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Naples

FL

Peter

George

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Naples

FL

Trevor

Madridejos

The First Tee of North Florida

St. Augustine

FL

Madelyn

Dimitroff

The First Tee of Northwest Florida

Pensacola

FL

Brandon

Pozzie

The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee

Bradenton

FL

Isabella

Stepanek

The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee

Sarasota

FL

Nicole

Polivchak

The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee

Sarasota

FL

Sadie

Chlapowski

The First Tee of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

FL

Claire

Vermette

The First Tee of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

FL

James

Morotti II

The First Tee of Tampa Bay

Brandon

FL

Brandon

Doner

The First Tee of The Palm Beaches

Palm Beach Gardens

FL

Alejandra

Ayala

The First Tee of Atlanta

Alpharetta

GA

Brette

Bryant

The First Tee of Augusta

Augusta

GA

Madison

Harwell

The First Tee of Augusta

Evans

GA

Perry

Chong

The First Tee of Hammond

Chicago

IL

Emily

Harvey

The First Tee of Valparaiso

Crown Point

IN

Yianni

Kostouros

The First Tee of Valparaiso

Crown Point

IN

Cole

Elmore

The First Tee of Salina

Salina

KS

Tyler

Armstrong

The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish

Zachary

LA

Julia

Simon

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

Jairus

Gaines

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore

Baltimore

MD

Tyler

Burkum

The First Tee of Three Rivers Park District

Maple Grove

MN

Pierce

Robinson

The First Tee of the Foothills

Kings Mountain

NC

Connor

Moore

The First Tee of the Triangle

Durham

NC

Kayla

Parsons

The First Tee of the Triangle

Raleigh

NC

Ryan

Birkedal

The First Tee of the Triad

Lewisville

NC

Lauren

Thibodeau

The First Tee of New Hampshire

Hampstead

NH

Abbi

Fleiner

The First Tee of Northern Nevada

Reno

NV

Joshua

Fleiner

The First Tee of Northern Nevada

Reno

NV

Faith

Francioso

The First Tee of Metropolitan New York

Wantagh

NY

Summer

Marshall

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

Norman

OK

Soulai

Vang

The First Tee of Tulsa

Oologah

OK

Tya

Seth

The First Tee of Greater Portland

West Linn

OR

Kendel

Abrams

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore

New Freedom

PA

Brice

Smoker

The First Tee of Aiken

North Augusta

SC

Megan

Tang

The First Tee of Memphis

Memphis

TN

Trinity

King

The First Tee of Fort Worth

Arlington

TX

Calista

Lothliam

The First Tee of Fort Worth

Fort Worth

TX

Alexander

Lowe

The First Tee of Fort Worth

Westworth Village

TX

Annaliesia

Salazar

The First Tee of Greater Dallas

Balch Springs

TX

Mariano

Barbosa

The First Tee of Greater Dallas

Dallas

TX

Aysis

Azarcon

The First Tee of Greater Dallas

Grand Prairie

TX

Stephen

Boyd

The First Tee of Greater Houston

Houston

TX

Scott

Schuster

The First Tee of Greater Houston

Katy

TX

Aubrey

Zastoupil

The First Tee of The Piney Woods

Longview

TX

Zoe

Mayfield

The First Tee of The Piney Woods

Longview

TX

Lauren

Palmer

The First Tee of Greater San Antonio

San Antonio

TX

Ryan

Woo

The First Tee of Greater Richmond

Richmond

VA

Drew

White

The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C.

Alexandria

VA

Gerry

Jones, Jr.

The First Tee of Hampton Roads

Suffolk

VA

Ross

Funderburke

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

Roanoke

VA

Callie

Montgomery

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

Hardy

VA

Julia

Dai

The First Tee of Greater Seattle

Bellevue

WA

Dylan

Bissell

The First Tee of Yakima

Yakima

WA

Maxwell

Turnquist

The First Tee of Yakima

Yakima

WA

 About Monterey Peninsula Foundation Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which disburses funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament.. MPF focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org; www.attpbgolf.com; www.thefirstteeopen.com About PGA TOUR Champions PGA TOUR Champions has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 34 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. It’s where Legends play. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. PGA TOUR Champions primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2015 determined Bernhard Langer as the Charles Schwab Cup champion. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour. About Nature Valley® Nature Valley created the granola bar category in 1975 and brings great taste to active consumers looking for wholesome snacks. Nature Valley offers nine great-tasting granola snacks: Crunchy Granola Bars, Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars, Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Granola Thins, Yogurt Granola Bars, Roasted Nut Crunch Bars, Protein Bars, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares and Protein Granola. Nature Valley is also the Official Granola Bar of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association, Nature Valley NASTAR, Cross Country Ski Areas Association, Vail Resorts. In addition, Nature Valley is a sponsor of the National Parks Conservation Association. About Golf Channel Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available in more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world. Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, including tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, The Open, Olympics, and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, deliver unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra, both powered by Playmaker Media, and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, the world’s largest golf course ratings and review resource for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour. About The First Tee The First Tee (www.firsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United States and select international locations. In 2015, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 4.7 million young people. The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.