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First Tee Announces 200th Facility


The First Tee announced The First Tee of Louisville will be its 200th facility. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, who serves as chairman of the World Golf Foundation, participated in the ceremony along with The First Tee Executive Director Joe Louis Barrow Jr., during The First Tee 7th Annual Meeting at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.

"This celebration marks a significant milestone in the seven-year history of The First Tee," said Barrow, who also serves as the senior vice president of the World Golf Foundation. "With the support of the golf industry and communities like Louisville who have embraced our mission, The First Tee has solidified itself as a powerful youth development program committed to enriching the lives of young people for the long-term."

The PGA of America, one of The First Tee's Oversight Partners, was at the forefront of the development of The First Tee of Louisville. The chapter is a joint effort between The First Tee, the PGA of America, the city of Louisville, the Louisville Metro Parks and the Urban League of Louisville.

The First Tee of Louisville will conduct programming at Shawnee Golf Course through a use agreement with the city of Louisville. The facility consists of a three-hole junior course suitable for youth play, a driving range, short game practice area, indoor learning center and access to the 18-hole regulation golf course. The Youth Golf Coalition, consisting of representatives from the Tee Swingers Golfers Club, Louisville Urban League, Urban Youth Golf Program and Shawnee Youth Club, will administer The First Tee Life Skills Experience to area youth. The First Tee Life Skills Experience is a curriculum created by The First Tee that uses golf to teach important life skills.

The First Tee was announced in New York City's Central Park in November 1997, as an initiative of the World Golf Foundation. In May 2003, former President George H. W. Bush, The First Tee honorary chairman, announced The First Tee of Richmond as the organization's 100th facility. The First Tee has experienced exponential growth each year since its inception.

The First Tee http://www.thefirsttee.org/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp has opened 201 golf-learning facilities and has introduced the game of golf to over 450,000 participants since 2000. The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.