The First Tee

of Tennessee

2018 Nine Core Values Award Recipients

Respect: Byron Crear, Courtesy: Jacob Edwards, Responsibility: Alex Crews, Honesty: Reagan Robinson, Sportsmanship: Danny Gladson, Confidence: Mallory Ratliff, Judgment: Riley Hill, Perseverance: Edgerin Feagins, Integrity: Avery King, Embodiment (exemplifies all 9 core values): Gabrielle Edmonds-Andrews

TARGET player of the year: Dylan Minoggie, PLAYer level player of the year: Sora Yu, Par player of the year: Zachary Barrett, Birdie player of the year: Hahn Choi, Eagle player of the year: Andy McClendon, ACE player of the year: Justin Reed

Adult volunteer of the year: Jessica Kubalak, Junior volunteer of the year (Young Lady): Molly, Kate, Sarah Castle & Reese Phinney, Junior volunteer of the year (Young Man): Luke Parsons, PLAYer of the Year (Young Lady): Kate Castle, PLAYer of the Year (Young Man): Carson Cole, Coach of the year: Jeff Darnell

Nine Core Values

Why is golf different from other sports?

Players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. By participating in The First Tee, youth are introduced to Nine Core Values which are incorporated throughout the program.

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More than a game

85% of alumni say The First Tee helped them become a better student.

At The First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. And it’s making a difference. Our programs are positively impacting youth, their families and their communities.


Getting started

Who can play?

The First Tee offers group lessons to youth up to age 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Our coaches are trained to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience. All we ask is young people come with an open mind and positive attitude.

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Golfers for Life

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Why Should Girls Play Sports Like Golf?

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10 FAQs About The First Tee

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The First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

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