The First Tee Accepting Registrations for Seattle-Area Fall Programs


Youngsters ages 5 to 18 who are interested in improving their golf and life skills are invited to enroll in a variety of fall classes offered by the First Tee of Greater Seattle. The sessions, which run for eight weeks at three different locations, start September 8-10.

Registration costs $79 for the first session and $20 for each additional session in the same calendar year. Scholarship assistance is available, based on financial need. Online registration may be made at http://www.thefirstteeseattle.org/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp.

The First Tee of Greater Seattle's program consists of two curricula: golf and life stills. Most classes are taught in groups of 10-to-12 students and cover core lessons, rules and etiquette, and manners and playing.

All classes incorporate The First Tee's Nine Core Values of Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Judgment, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, and Courtesy. Tests and assessments enable students to progress at their own pace through four levels of certification (Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace).

Upcoming fall classes are offered at Jefferson Park and Jackson Park golf courses in Seattle and at the Crossroads Par 3 Course in Bellevue. This year marks the first time the Girls Club will be offered on the Eastside in the fall (at the Crossroads facility). That program, presented in partnership with the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, is created specifically for girls to learn to play the game in a supportive, positive and fun learning environment. (According to the USGA, girls comprise only 17 percent of all junior golfers nationwide; in Seattle, nearly one-third of the First Tee program participants are female.)

First Tee classes are also offered at Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent through an affiliation with Douglass Youth Golf Club in partnership with City of Kent Parks. (For registration and schedule information on offerings at Riverbend, visit www.DouglassYouthGolf.org.)

In addition to paying a modest fee, parents or guardians of participants are asked to volunteer once per session for approximately two hours to assist with check-in and administrative details.

The First Tee also relies on volunteers to assist in other ways, ranging from coaching and teaching golf and life skills to being mentors and helping at special events. (An orientation for volunteers is scheduled for August 31 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Park Golf Course. Contact the First Tee to register or for more details.)

Recent research designed to measure the impact of the First Tee programs concluded it is an effective youth program in attaining its goals of teaching life skills and promoting positive developmental outcomes.

About The First Tee of Greater Seattle
The First Tee seeks to impact the lives of young people in the Greater Seattle area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

The First Tee of Greater Seattle was formed in 2001 from a collaborative effort involving the Broadmoor Golf Club Foundation, the First Tee, the board of Municipal Golf of Seattle and the City of Seattle. Since becoming the 106th chapter of the First Tee on December 20, 2002, the program has grown to serve more than 1,000 kids annually at four golf facilities, plus more than 34,000 students through Life Skills programs offered through The First Tee's National Schools Program.


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