Coach Molly McCann, of Suncoast High School, and several of our Chapter Coaches, teamed up again this academic year and introduced freshmen students to the game of golf during P.E.Class. Classes are held on a weekly basis throughout the school year and students learn all aspects of the game from putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, bunker shots, how to play the game on the golf course, the rules of the game and how to have fun while playing the sport of a lifetime. Along with the basics of the game, the students also learn how to incorporate the many life lessons the game teaches through The First Tee curriculum and our Nine Core Values that include: respect, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, courtesy, responsibility, confidence, judgment, perseverance. “Our goal is for the students to take the skills they have acquired and continue to apply them to their academics and in all areas of their lives as well as their golf games,” said Suncoast PE Instructor Molly McCann.


Trustees represent the highest and most prestigious levels of giving from individuals, corporations and foundations that contribute to our chapter and the national organization. Their generosity impacts thousands of young people. Trustees Jon Clay representing Morell Studios, Andrew Hunt, Bob Simses and Ralph Stokes representing Arthur Blank joined us for dinner at The Bear’s Club. Pictured above: The Trustees with chapter directors and students.


The Palm Beach Golf Course Superintendents continue to generously support our chapter mission through their annual Futures of Golf tournament. Pictured above left: Deron Zendt, from the PBGCSA presenting the big check. In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Delray Beach PGA TOUR Superstore continues to contribute annual grants to our chapter. Pictured above right: Ralph Stokes and other representatives from PGA Superstore present the check from the Blank Foundation.


We extend our sincerest gratitude to Jack Nicklaus, our Chapter’s Honorary Chairman and a Trustee of The First Tee, and the members and staff of The Bear’s Club for recently hosting our annual 100 Friends’ golf tournament and dinner. The winners of the net division with a score of 53 were – Bill Dunn, Bill Owens, Jared Myers, and Michael Blum (pictured above left). The winners of the gross division with a score of 65 were Tommy Frankel, George Tamasi, Deron Zendt (pictured above right with Aliya and Connie), and Buddy Finch. HOLE-IN-ONE! Congrats to David Weener from BallenIsles who recorded our first ever 100 Friends tournament ace on hole #7. “Our sponsors and supporters simply had a wonderful time and enjoy the hospitality of the club,” said Bobby Hendel, Chapter President. “It is a fun day at a fantastic golf club.”

Thank you sponsors!



Please join us this Saturday, December 9th at 10:30am for The Dennis Walters Golf Show at the Michael B. Finnegan Learning Center located at:

Dyer Park 7301 N. Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, FL 33407 *FREE ADMISSION

The Dennis Walters Golf Show is a one-hour combination of “Golf Lessons and Life Lessons.” It is great golf, great fun, along with an inspiring message. You do not want to miss Super Dog Bucky’s tricks and proficiency at math!



Spend time at a golf course, learn more about life and the game of golf and earn some money. In partnership with our Chapter, CADDIENOW is recruiting youth caddies for an on-demand caddie program. Think UBER for golf! Download the CADDIENOW app to get started. We have an orientation scheduled at our golf facility in Dyer Park on Tuesday, December 12th at 4pm. Please RSVP to Terry Wittek at [email protected] or 561-291-2152. CADDIENOW has partnered with multiple private courses in our area including Jonathan’s Landing, The Club at Ibis and Admirals Cove to give members the option of taking a caddie any time they play through the CADDIENOW app. Caddies are given advanced notice of the golfer’s tee time via a push notification on their device. Caddies then show up to the course, hustle and after the round, money is direct deposited into their bank account. PLUS CADDIES RECEIVE CASH TIPS! CADDIENOW is primarily seeking high school and college-age students active in the game. Our caddies need to have a great attitude and work hard to ensure a great golfer experience. Caddies are there to carry golf bags, rake the bunkers, watch their golf ball and keep the clubs and ball clean. No caddie experience? No problem. Through CADDIENOW’s partnership with our Chapter, orientations are offered, plus a graduated process to help the students succeed. Every time your child takes a loop, a donation is also made to our Chapter. How does it work? CADDIENOW operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on availability of the caddies. Golfers use their app to request a caddie with at least 24 hours’ notice before the tee time. A notification goes out to all the caddies in our area that have been through orientation. We realize many junior caddies are in school and can only work on weekends. No problem, there are more loops to be filled on the weekends anyway. CADDIENOW is committed to the game and our community. Many of America’s CEOs credit their success to their time as a caddie. Download the CADDIENOW app and get your students signed up for an orientation. Caddie Benefits: 1. Make up to $100+ in 4-5 hours 2. Flexible hours 3. Meet successful people 4. Free golf at our partner courses Caddie Requirements: 1. Age 14 and up 2. Must be hard working 3. Must like to make money 4. Must enjoy talking to people 5. Must be able to walk 4-6 miles 6. Carry up to 20 lbs. After taking a loop with CADDIENOW you can benefit by playing FREE golf at one of our featured courses; Jonathan’s Landing, The Club at Ibis and Admirals Cove. We are adding more courses monthly. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Visit for more info and download the app to get started.


Earlier this month, nearly one-thousand-chapter staff, coaches, educators, industry leaders, participants, partners, trustees and alumni from 160 chapters across the world visited ChampionsGate in Orlando for our biennial conference to celebrate The First Tee’s 20th anniversary. The conference also marked the retirement of CEO Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. after eighteen incredible years and the introduction of Keith Dawkins, formerly of Nickelodeon, as his successor. The First Tee’s Board Chairman, Commissioner Tim Finchem, presented Joe with a special watercolor created to recognize his contributions to our organization that will permanently hang at The First Tee home office (pictured above). “It was a great week of education and celebration of Joe Louis Barrow’s incredible accomplishments,” said Steve Rockoff, Chairman of the Children’s Golf Foundation. “We definitely had the most attendees and I am very thankful for our chapter Trustees and my fellow Directors that joined us at the meeting.” StaffOver 20 attendees from our Chapter participated in the week-long conference of classes and general sessions. The chapter hosted a reception for all of our attendees (pictured right). The team of Carl Mistretta-Executive Director, Coach Rick Hengstenberg and Coach/alum Emily Valentine won a nine-hole scramble tournament at the resort’s par three golf course.