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Boomer Esiason, JR Smith and Skai Jackson Show Us Their Best Swing at The First Tee Experience
By Juliet Schroder, Celebsecrets.com
On Tuesday, (August 21), kids from The First Tee of Metropolitan New York were able to take some swings of their own during the “Show Us Your Swing” event inside The First Tee Experience tent, and Celeb Secrets was there to witness it all. Playing in a VIP Golf Simulator Driving Competition for charity, the kids had some pretty tough competition throughout the day. Former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason, Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson, Cleveland Cavaliers’ JR Smith, and The First Tee CEO Keith Dawkins joined the kids for some fun and surprising challenges while showcasing their golf skills.

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Ryan Palmer got to know his inner child in the ball pit at The First Tee Experience at the Northern Trust.

Former NFL MVP Quarterback Boomer Esiason, Teen Actress Skai Jackson (Disney’s Bunk’D & Jessie), NBA Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith, PGA TOUR Professional Ryan Moore and Teens from The First Tee Swing For Charity At “The First Tee Experience.”
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The First Tee Opens New World to Carrier Clinic Patients
By Jordan Schwartz, USGA
Gary’s 20-foot putt rolled into the front middle section of the tic-tac-toe board pinned to the practice green at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J. “Were you going for that one?” asked the instructor from The First Tee of Raritan Valley. The 15-year-old could have lied. He had been struggling to hit a box for 10 minutes and the teacher hadn’t heard him call “middle, middle.” But Gary told the truth and the ball was removed from the board. The action was a perfect example of honesty, one of The First Tee’s nine core values and something the three-day camp was designed to teach participants from Carrier Clinic, a behavioral and substance abuse healthcare facility in Belle Mead, N.J. For many of these teenagers, this program is their first introduction to the game.

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First Tee of Delaware golfers earn trip to Pebble Beach
By Brad Myers, Delaware News Journel
Christina Carroll and Haley Quickel started playing golf because it was fun. Now it’s taking them all the way to California, to one of the game’s most prestigious venues, and golf is even more fun for the high school juniors. Carroll and Quickel will represent the First Tee of Delaware at the Pure Insurance Championship Sept. 25-30 in Pebble Beach, California. The annual event pairs a PGA Tour Champions professional and two amateurs with 81 top junior golfers selected from First Tee chapters nationwide.

Estero’s Kelli Kragh aims for successful senior campaign leading Wildcats girls golf team
By Bryan Cooney, Fort Myers News Press
For Estero High School senior Kelli Kragh, that opportunity came knocking as a result of her dedication and involvement in the First Tee Program of Naples/Collier County. After going through a rigorous selection process, Kragh, along with two other locals, were selected to play in the Pure Insurance Championship, the annual PGA Champions Tour stop that benefits the First Tee and is held on the most prestigious courses in the world on the Monterey Peninsula.