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Week of March 25th, 2019

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Megha Ganne just as excited for fourth trip to Augusta
Golf Channel
Megha Ganne, participant from The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, will play in her fourth Drive, Chip and Putt Final at Augusta in 2019.

Noor Ahmed: An American Muslim observing the hijab, playing college golf and breaking barriers
By John Strege,
Noor Ahmed, an alumni of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, has seldom gone unnoticed in her life, first impressions generally her bane. Her name alone was enough to attract attention. So was the hijab she began to wear as a seventh grader.

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John Cook to Emcee First Tee Akron’s 2019 Dinner & Auction
Northeast Ohio Golf
Professional golfer and Golf Channel announcer John Cook will be the guest speaker at The First Tee of Greater Akron 2019 Executive Dinner and Silent Auction on Tuesday, April 30 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Ways to Get Your Kid into Junior Golf This Summer
New Mexico Golf News
The First Tee 
program is built on inculcating nine core values, including honesty and responsibility, and nine healthy habits that stress physical well-being, healthy social relationships and community participation.

Golf lessons from cops teach kids to keep swinging
By Leah Durain, (San Antonio, TX)
Police officers who taught kids how to fish are now spending time with their little buddies at the golf course. The First Tee of Greater San Antonio provided the equipment. Their programs teach technique and life values. The kids got a taste of good sportsmanship out on the green.

First Tee of West Virginia to host programs at Historic Black Knight Municipal Park
The Register Herald (Beckley, WV)
Beginning in April, youth ages 5 and over will continue to have an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship at the newly re-opened Historic Black Knight Municipal Park. The Life Skills Experience is one of the unique features that separates The First Tee from all other junior golf programs.

The First Tee Cleveland Hosts ‘Taste of The Tee’ Fundraiser
Northeast Ohio Golf
The First Tee of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute and The Music Settlement will partner to host the second annual Taste of the Tee fundraiser on Thursday, April 4th

Fiesta and Golf Classic Fundraiser to help Kids and Young Adults Battling Cancer
The Boca Rotan Tribune (Boca Rotan, FL)
Celebrating its 26th-year, the Chiera Family Foundation will be chipping, dipping and margarita sipping at The Polo Club of Boca Raton on May 5th. The foundation offers a program to teach kids who are undergoing chemotherapy how to golf through The First Tee of Broward.

The First Tee of the Sandhills Delves into the Meaning of Respect
By Courtney Stiles,
The overarching focus for participants in PLAYer level programs is to introduce playing the game of golf with special emphasis on learning The First Tee Code of Conduct, core values, golf skills and healthy habits — all while appreciating the etiquette and rules of the game.

Two-Minute Drill: First Tee of the Piney Woods wins Pot of Gold tournament, more
By Jack Stallard,
The First Tee
 of the Piney Woods defeated the First Tee of Greater Tyler, 6-4, to bring the annual Pot of Gold Trophy back to Longview over the weekend. Teams included 10 boys and 10 girls playing a nine-hole scramble with five a divisions (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18). The low score for nine in each match won a point.

Industry News

Casey repeats at Valspar, PGA Tour hands out anti-doping suspension and a win 15 years in the making: What you missed this weekend
It took Paul Casey a decade to get his second win on the PGA Tour. Wasn’t quite the wait for No. 3. The 41-year-old overcame a three-putt at the 71st hole with a nifty sand save at the last to repeat at the Valspar Championship, defeating Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak by one.

With rules under fire, USGA trying to keep peace – with outreach, education, even new hires
Michael Bamberger,
The USGA recognizes that relations between their organization and the PGA TOUR and the LPGA need to be better. The organization is taking steps to better develop the relationship, including the fact the USGA is in the process of hiring at least two people who will be overseeing the USGA’s relationship with the game’s elite players.