NATIONAL Youth 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. Youth meet new people, play golf, achieve greatness, and show 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

GOLF AND LEADERSHIP EVENTS:

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. Youth spend four days in downtown Atlanta visiting the Coca-Cola campus and attending new hire training. In-person interviews determine the winner of a scholarship. This event is held during with The TOUR Championship. Learn More

COLLEGE GOLF PREP ACADEMY

The week-long golf and leadership academy is for advanced players within chapters who are pursuing college golf. The academy provides the competitive experience of playing for a college golf team. Youth also explore the golf skills, life skills and health and wellness aspects needed to compete at a higher level. Learn More

JOHN DEERE Drive Your Future ACADEMY

This all-girls event focuses on leadership development and remaining active in the game of golf. Leadership training includes learning the value of volunteerism and teamwork. Learn more

JOHN DEERE POWER FOR GOOD SCHOLARSHIP

Youth are selected for this event based on written essays focused on how the students are a ‘Power for Good’  through service to their communities. Two essay applicants 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 ability 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 Charlotte, 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

RECOGNITION:

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.

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 with our chapter.

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:

AJGA ACE GRANT PROGRAM          DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT

LPGA-USGA GIRLS GOLF          PGA JR. LEAGUE