Gearing Up for Fall Season

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The tease of the crisp cool air over the last week has everyone buzzing about the start of Fall and what’s to come. My vision of Fall includes light weight jackets, homemade tomato soup with a thick grilled cheese ready for dipping, Friday nights under the lights, rec league soccer on Saturday mor...

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Interaction, Games Keys to Teaching Values

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One of my absolute favorite things to do during a work day is escape the ‘to do’ list at the office and join volunteers as we introduce The First Tee to youth in our communities. Those that have never seen an oversized bright green and blue ‘golf club’ that looks as if it could be …...

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Practice Helps Build Confidence

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What role does confidence play in our daily lives? As students of all ages head back to school, confidence can be viewed in how they carry themselves on the first day or simply the ability to be positive while embarking on a new experience. In golf, confidence builds as a player improves their skill...

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Honesty is Always the Best Policy

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This week at The First Tee our PLAYer participants learned about Honesty; one of the Nine Core Values integrated into our weekly curriculum lesson plans.  The First Tee defines Honesty as the quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive. Golf is unique from other sports in that players regular...

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The Caddiemaster Open is a huge Success

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Growing up it seemed as if every week a local organization or church group was putting on a pre-platted pick-up dinner event serving the ‘best’ barbeque, spaghetti or fried chicken the south has ‘ever’ tasted. And on occasion, they even did a pancake breakfast! Many times our family would su...

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It Takes a Village

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Have you seen the commercial where an African American man is seen doing an enthusiastic cheer routine on the sidewalk in front of his urban apartment with his sixth grade daughter, dressed in her cheer uniform? It’s a beautiful piece that fatherhood.gov put together a few years ago, in time for F...

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Summer is here, So what makes us different?

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As the sun sets on another school year and parents look toward what summer will bring, I receive many inquiries about The First Tee that usually include two questions. Why The First Tee? What makes you different? To be fair, before answering these questions I must first reflect on my past. The First...

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When Becoming a Mother Changes Your Perspective

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I am the proud mother of a six year old daughter and two year old son. If my grandmother and grandma were physically here today the chatter at our table would sound a lot different than our last years together. They would be filling my coffee cup with “now you gotta…”, “you know you can’t ...

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Are You X or O?

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Upon reporting to the PGA TOUR on January 3, 2007 I was one of hundreds of employees. Though my job was just as important as the employee in the cubicle next to me, it was a very specific job with very specific task and guidelines. That is, with exception of THE PLAYERS Championship week (our &helli...

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Unspoken Gestures

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I believe that a handshake is an unspoken gesture that speaks volumes about an individual. As a businesswoman, when I am given the opportunity to shake someone’s hand the strength of their handshake and level of eye contact sets the tone for my initial opinion of that person. A quick, weak handsha...

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