NATIONAL PARTICIPANT 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 The First Tee national corporate partners, more advanced participants can apply to attend these golf and leadership events. These events often become life-changing experiences allowing them to meet new people, play some golf, achieve greatness, and show off our Nine Core Values in action.
“Because of The First Tee, I know I can reach my dreams and goals in the future”
– Nikki, participant
What OPPORTUNITIES are available for 2018?
Coca-Cola America’s Future
This event gives five participants the opportunity to fly to Atlanta for four days, spend the day at the Coca-Cola Company, visit attractions in the heart of downtown and attend the TOUR Championship.
College Golf Prep Academy
This 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 combined with the college experience.
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. Applicants will be asked to define the people or circumstances that ‘drive’ them to take on a position of leadership and describe how they plan to apply those principles in their life.
John Deere Power for Good Scholarship
Participants will submit a written essay for the opportunity to win a $5,000 college scholarship plus the opportunity to be a VIP guest and pro-am participant at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL.
Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills and Leadership Academy
To develop and educate our participants in multiple aspects such as life skill development through engaging golf activities, college preparatory and dorm living, and career exploration, all while having the opportunity to play championship golf and develop lifelong friendships. Through the week they are inspired to consider how they can return to their chapters and communities and be a leader and role model for other participants.
The First Tee National Par-3 Championship
This event introduces participants to a competitive golf environment by simulating that experience through stroke play events. Participants will develop a better understanding of competitive golf rules and regulations through life skill development will be ready to act as leaders and role models for other participants at their local chapters.
Perfect Sense Unified Challenge
Participants will have the opportunity to play the Monday Pro-Am of The National Tournament at TPC Potomac with golfers from the Special Olympics and Feherty’s Troops First Foundation. In addition to golf, participants will have an opportunity to explore our nation’s capital and participate in a career day experience at Perfect Sense Digital.
PURE Insurance Championship
The PURE Insurance Championship is a premier event intended to showcases the best participants in The First Tee network. An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula, the tournament pairs one junior with a PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs.
PWC Executive Forum
Each May, PwC invites alumni of The First Tee to attend their Executive Forum which takes place during THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The alumni selected must be in their freshman year of college, and are selected by PwC because of their interest and/or major in areas such as business management, economics, finance and accounting.
USGA Learning Science Through Golf Academy
Participants will have hands-on access to the USGA Research & Test Center, a facility that supports the research and development of solutions for the betterment of the game. They will learn from highly educated and skilled USGA engineers and scientists whose work is focused on advancing the game forward through an understanding, and application, of research, science and innovation for all those who play it.
Wells Fargo Succeeding Together
The Wells Fargo Succeeding Together contest is encouraging teenage participants of The First Tee to showcase the importance of being part of a “Go-To-Team” and working together.
A/B Honor Roll
The First Tee recognizes outstanding academic achievement of all participants through its A/B Honor Roll program. All participants, regardless of age, are eligible for this recognition. At the end of each semester, participants should bring their report card to their chapter.
The First Tee Scholars Program
The Scholars Program is a distinction awarded to participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. The designation of Scholar brings with it eligibility for scholarship opportunities and national events.
Kasserian Ingera Scholarship
The First Tee Staff Giving Campaign raises money for The First Tee Scholarship Fund, “Kasserian Ingera” which will provide a scholarship for up to two participants to help fund their education after high school (college, community college, or vocational school).
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 see the link near the top of the page for a schedule of opportunities that are currently available.
MORE GOLF OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities available to all youth. You do not need to be enrolled in The First Tee to participate in the following: