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Week of August 26h, 2019

Top Stories

Golf is more than a sport. It’s a shot at upward mobility — and Steph Curry
understands that

By Kendall Trammell, CNN
Clint Sanchez has seen firsthand how the game of golf can change a young person’s life. As executive director of First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, Sanchez works with kids between the ages of 7 and 18.

Tiger Woods couldn’t fix golf’s diversity problem. Steph Curry takes another shot
By Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post 
“Golf competes with so many sports, especially in the cities,” said Clint Sanchez, executive director of the First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C. “Golf’s not basketball. It’s not football. It’s still a sport that isn’t looked at as accessible. That’s why we’re in existence.”

Drew Charter School celebrated at the TOUR Championship
NBC, TOUR Championship Telecast 
The first African American team to win a state championship, the Drew Charter School golf team is composed of many players from the First Tee of Metro Atlanta.

An Interview with Anthony Ford of the First Tee of Metro Atlanta 
Golf Channel
Anthony Ford, who will compete in the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee, speaks about his accomplishments at the Drew Charter School, and his goals for the future.


Around the Network

New Tour Championship format turns eyes to scoreboards at East Lake
By Steve Hummer and Stan Awtrey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA)
Hailey Fisher of the First Tee of Metro Atlanta  had a pretty legit caddie for her big moment, hitting the ceremonial opening drive at the Tour Championship. PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan peeled the head cover off Fisher’s driver, handed her the club and stepped off to the side, like any good caddie is instructed.

Business Leaders take their skills out to play with members of the First Tee of San Diego
KUSI News (San Diego, CA)
Local business leaders in the area paired with members of First Tee of San Diego, providing insight into their lives and mentorship for the future.

The First Tee of the Upstate expands to Anderson Co.
WSPA Staff (Anderson County, SC) 
The First Tee of the Upstate is now in Anderson County. The group held a training event Friday morning at T. L. Hanna High School. About 20 P.E. teachers in Anderson County took part in the training.

The First Tee Fall program registration now open
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL)
We rely on our outstanding team of trained and caring adult coaches and volunteers to make the First Tee experience fun, safe and interactive for all young people participating regardless of skill level”, states McKenney. She went on to say, “We are always seeking enthusiastic people to become coaches and volunteers, and encourage them to visit our website for more information about serving youth and their development.”

The First Tee of NWA to host ‘The First Tee Challenge’
By Tavares Jones, KNWA (Fayetteville, AK)
First Tee of Northwest Arkansas is excited to host their ‘First Tee Challenge’, a never before held fundraising golf event.

Industry News

Rory brings the fight, wins the FedExCup
By Mike McAllister,
Rory McIlroy was safely on the 18th green Sunday afternoon before the galleries began to fill the fairway at East Lake. This time, the crowds weren’t celebrating the comeback of a legend, but the continuing greatness of a superstar in his prime.

Jin Young Ko wins CP Women’s Open, extends ridiculous bogey-free streak
By Keely Levins, Golf Digest
If you’re talking about winning machines in pro golf, Jin Young Ko needs to be part of the conversation. The 24-year-old from South Korea, in her second year on the LPGA Tour, won her fourth title of 2019 at the CP Women’s Open on Sunday at Magna Golf Club outside of Toronto.

European Tour announces four-point plan to address slow play
By John Huggan, Golf Digest 
To be implemented in the 2020 season, the new system will focus on four key areas: regulation, education, innovation and field sizes. Key to the regulation changes will be a player only having to breach the time allowances twice in a round to incur a one-shot penalty. In addition, there will be significantly increased fines for players who are regularly placed “on the clock” throughout the season, alongside reduced times for players to hit shots.

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