THE FIRST TEE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL —On Nov. 13, 1997 in New York City, former President George Bush joined executives from Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the PGA of America, PGA TOUR, and United States Golf Association to launch The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation. Now, nearly 10 years later, The First Tee has made a positive impact on over 1.4 million young people around the world.
“Through the invaluable support of Honorary Chairman George Bush and our Founding Partners; the outstanding leadership of Executive Director Joe Barrow and Todd Leiweke before him and their respective staffs; and, of course, the dedication of the Chapter leaders and volunteers, The First Tee has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, who serves as Chairman of the World Golf Foundation. “Everyone involved with The First Tee can be extremely proud of the success it has had in reaching our youth, and we look forward to continuing its global growth and impact on generations to come.”
The First Tee eclipsed a significant milestone in 2005 with the opening of its 200th facility in Louisville, KY. Currently, The First Tee has more than 250 golf-learning facilities in 46 states and five international locations, and has introduced the game of golf and its values to over 939,000 participants through its Chapter-based network. The First Tee National School Program has reached more than 490,000 students in over 1,100 U.S. elementary schools. In addition, The First Tee has developed over 800 affiliate relationships with golf courses that offer access to Chapter participants.
Through outreach in urban, rural and disadvantaged areas, The First Tee has contributed to the diversification of the game. Fifty percent of participants are of diverse backgrounds — 33 percent more diverse than all of golf — according to the National Golf Foundation.
The First Tee will celebrate “Ten Years of Positive Impact” during its 10th anniversary
meeting in Jacksonville, scheduled for Nov. 2-6, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.