THE FIRST TEE OF THE TRIAD SET FOR RECORD-SETTING PARTICIPATION IN 2012 SPRING PROGRAMS;
Nearly 100 Kids attend Newspapers in Education Clinic at Gillespie
GREENSBORO, N.C. – - After registration for The First Tee of the Triad’s 2012 spring programs began in February, parents of Piedmont Triad golfing children wasted little time in visiting the website to sign up. The First Tee of the Triad has more children signed up for its 2012 spring programs than ever before, it was announced today.
More than 500 Piedmont Triad children will participate in The First Tee of the Triad spring programs this year. The programs are set for Winston Lake, Salem Glen and Tanglewood Park in the Winston-Salem area as well as the Rick Murphy Golf Academy and Gillespie Park in Greensboro.
“It is extremely gratifying to see that so many families are taking advantage of our programs,” First Tee of the Triad president and chief executive officer Mike Barber said. “Triad parents know that we’ll teach their kids how to play golf, but we’ll also expose them to our core values, healthy habits and code of conduct curriculum. We are helping families raise well-rounded children who also like to play golf.”
Despite the record numbers, space remains in the second session set for Mondays or Wednesdays from May 14 through June 27. A simple registration process and information on scholarships is available at www.thefirstteeetriad.org. Simply click on programs and instruction to register; scholarships can be requested during the online registration process.
Some 100 Piedmont Triad kids attended this past weekend’s Newspapers in Education Kids Golf Clinic at Gillespie Park in Greensboro. The event was sponsored by the Greensboro News & Record and The First Tee of the Triad.
Children participated at six stations teaching golf skills such as full swing, putting, pitching, chipping and physical fitness. Those in attendance were treated to a long drive and trick shot performance from Jake “Rocket” Taylor and Mike “Basher” Brody. Instructors included members of the men’s and women’s golf teams representing UNC-Greensboro, Guilford College, Greensboro College and Elon University. Additional First Tee of the Triad clinics will be announced soon.
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About The First Tee:
The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.” The goal of The First Tee is to provide the golf-learning facilities and the experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime. The First Tee of the Triad operates at Tanglewood Park and Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem and Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro. The First Tee of the Triad is one of 204 chapters operating at some 692 facilities in all 50 states and five foreign countries with more than 3 million participants. More than 3,300 schools also participate in the program. Founded by the World Golf Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The program is overseen and has the active support of committee members representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman.