To register to compete in Drive, Chip and Putt, please CLICK HERE. To help students train, PGA Professional and First Tee Coach, Rick Hengstenberg, will be teaching the following: • DRIVE: Focus on how to create more clubhead speed with accuracy • CHIP: Set-up and basic fundamentals are key to hit it close • PUTT: Train for the 15 foot and the 30-foot putt. Focus on distance control Cost: Drop in for $35.00 per class or $75.00 for the three-class session per student. Time: Sessions #1: 3:45pm-4:45pm Sessions #2: 5:00pm-6:00pm Who: Boys and Girls ages 7-15 Where: Dyer Park – 7301 N. Haverhill Rd, West Palm Beach FL 33407

For more information or to register contact Coach Rick at 561-510-3679 or email at [email protected] Space is limited. Please register with Coach Rick ASAP. Local qualifiers are at the following courses:Hammock Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, June 5th 2019. Deadline to register Friday, May 31st – Broken Sound Country Club on Friday, June 14th 2019. Deadline to register Sunday, June 9th – PGA National Golf Course on Wednesday, June 19th 2019. Deadline to register Friday, June 14th – Mirasol Country Club on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019. Deadline to register Thursday, June 27th


Join us and Chapter supporters at Trump National Golf Club Jupiter for the 8th Annual SACSN All Area Honors Charity Invitational to support Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The collective efforts continue to help hundreds of families in need get their children back and forth to medical treatments. When: Saturday June 1st, 2019 at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter One Day Charity “Stroke Play” Tournament Divisions: Boy’s Open & Girl’s Open Player Contribution Donation: $195 ​ Please contact Tournament Director: Tino Gaudino [email protected] or 561-267-7947 with any questions or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


For more than 22 years The Fiirst Tee has used the platform of golf to provide innovative and experiential learning opportunities for young people. Character education and long-term life skills are at the heart of our programs, which are delivered by coaches who have been trained in positive youth development. The First Tee offers character education programs at golf courses, elementary schools and youth centers in all 50 states. Stay connected with The First Tee Home Office by signing up for their eNewsletter. Please CLICK HERE to register for the eNewsletter.


Want to play six rounds of free golf and support our Chapter? This is your chance- by the way, we play all 6 rounds in one day! Our Chapter will soon kick-off our 4th Annual Golf Marathon. What is a golf marathon? Our goal is for each golfer to play a minimum of 108 holes of golf on a single day. Marathon Golfers solicit lump sum or per hole pledges from friends, colleagues and family. Come play Marathon Golf with us or support one of our players through an online pledge. Treasurer Mitch Stump, Chapter Executive Director Carl Mistretta, Chapter Development Director Jack Barrett are all playing and in a bragging rights contest to raise the most money! To learn more about Marathon Golf and to register as a player, please CLICK HERE. To support one of our Marathon Golfers with a pledge, please CLICK HERE.


Women’s Golf Day is an international community dedicated to engaging, empowering and supporting women through golf. Created by women for women to enjoy golf and learn the skills that last a lifetime. When: June 4th at Dyer Park – 7301 N Haverhill Rd West Palm Beach, FL Time: 8:30am Breakfast, followed by Warm-Up & Lessons and To Play our Par-3 Course (3,6, or 9 Holes) Register: Please CLICK HERE to register for Women’s Golf Day.


Have you made plans for your children for the summer? Join us at the following locations to experience The First Tee program! Michael B. Finnegan Learning Center, Dyer Park 7301 N. Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Weeks available June 10th, 24th; July 15th, 29th The Palm Beach Par 3 Course 2345 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 Weeks available June 17th, July 8th, 22nd & August 5th John Prince Learning Center 4754 S. Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461 Weeks of June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th; July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Every Ball Counts 7736 Bay Hill Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33412 Weeks of June 17th & July 8th LPGA-Girls Golf Camp, Dyer Park 7301 N. Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Week of July 8th Ages: Boys & Girls – 7+ yrs old Children Grouped By Age & Experience Registration: Please CLICK HERE to view the Summer Camp details.


Through an introduction of Chapter supporter Mike Pakradooni of Atlantic Refrigeration, Jerry Rich was introduced to our programs serving children and Veterans. “Jerry is one of those incredible icons of the game that we are lucky to get to know,” said Carl Mistretta. “He has the same passion and dedication to the game as our students, parents, board members, donors and coaches.” Jerry co-founded The Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois in 1998 to introduce the kids of Illinois to the game of golf. He believes golf can provide children with opportunities for personal growth and career enhancement. Since their inception, the foundation has impacted over 150,000 kids through our various programs. Jerry supported us through our tournament at the Palm Beach Par 3 last year and this year he sent us a giant gift of SNAG (Starting New at Golf) equipment. We use SNAG in many of our in-school and after-school programs. The equipment will be appreciated and well used by hundreds of our students.


The BallenIsles Charities Foundation (BICF) was established with the goal of “Making a Difference” to local non-profit organizations in areas surrounding BallenIsles located in Palm Beach Gardens. In their 8th year, BICF recently conducted their fundraising events for 2019 grant distributions, including a one-day golf tournament over 36-holes at BallenIsles. “The First Tee students impressed our members with their shot making and putting skills, and their confidence and social skills” said Dr. Eddy Slotnick, Chapter Director and BallenIsles resident. “It is always a special experience to meet the young people who benefit from the BICF grant.” Special thanks to the members of BallenIsles, and to the BallenIsles Charities Foundation for their continued support of our chapter. We also recognize the great support and hard work of BallenIsles residents and Chapter Directors Dr. Eddy Slotnick and Marsha Funk.


Story 1 Want to play six rounds of free golf and support our Chapter? This is your chance- by the way, we play all 6 rounds in one day! Our Chapter will soon be participating in our 4th Annual Golf Marathon. What is a golf marathon? Our goal is for each golfer to play a minimum of 108 holes of golf on a single day. Marathon Golfers solicit lump sum or per hole pledges from friends, colleagues and family. Come play Marathon Golf with us or support one of our players through an online pledge. To learn more about Marathon Golf and to register as a player, please CLICK HERE. To support one of our Marathon Golfers with a pledge, please CLICK HERE.


Earlier this year, Commissioner Gary Nicklaus of the Florida Wildlife Commission contacted our Chapter to propose a golf and fishing pilot program. As a professional golfer and avid fisherman, Gary understands that the lakes on golf courses are typically rarely fished. Combining golf and fishing presents an incredible opportunity to bring together two sports that share in outdoor recreation. Chapter students from Baldwin Prep School and our Saturday programs were invited to participate in the three day after-school pilot program conducted at The Bear’s Club. The students began each session with an hour of golf instruction at The Bear’s Club’s incredible practice facilities, followed by an hour of catch and release instruction and fishing at the lakes around the golf course. FWC staff offered a special training to Chapter Coaches and teachers from Baldwin Prep to assist with the fishing. “The students, Coaches and teachers really enjoyed the fishing,” said Chapter Executive Director Carl Mistretta. “Many of them had never been fishing before and we all learned a great deal about fishing and the environment. The students went crazy every time we landed a fish!” Pictured above left: Left to right- FWC Regional Director Tom Reinert, Landon Murray with a big one and Gary Nicklaus. Special thanks to Commissioner Nicklaus, Chapter Director Bill O’Leary who assisted with the program, Steve Marshall and Doc Kokol of FWC and the members and staff of The Bear’s Club for hosting the pilot.


The year 2009 was a momentous time for our organization as we became a chapter of The First Tee serving Palm Beach County.  That year also brought dedicated community leaders to our Board of Directors. At the request of former Chairman Dick Sheehan, Martin Dytrych, CPA, CFE joined the Board and served as Treasurer through 2018.  Under his 10-year term of Treasurer, our organization grew to an annual operating budget of over one million dollars, began conducting annual audits, implemented an exemplary and transparent accounting system and implemented an excellent benefit package for Chapter employees. “His dedication and commitment to our organization as our Treasurer raised the bar for everyone that serves on our Board of Directors,” said Chairman Steve Rockoff.  “Marty guided our organization, staff and Board through a tremendous period of expansion and growth.” Marty recently joined his accounting firm with Rehmann to offer an expanded level of service. Marty has extensive experience working with clients in industries including manufacturing, general contracting, subcontracting, insurance, real estate, professional services, sports and entertainment, and dealerships.  Additionally, Marty brings a unique perspective to his clients with his significant experience serving on audit committees throughout his community. For 13 years, Marty served as audit committee chairman and compensation committee chairman for Crystal Rock Holdings, a publicly traded company.  Marty has obtained the confidence of many organizations throughout his career. He holds board roles with Jupiter Medical Center (chairman, audit committee, compensation committee chairman), Diocese of Palm Beach (board of trustees for the savings fund trust, financial council), and The Honda Classic (board member).  Marty also served a three-year term as president of the prestigious Jupiter Hills Club Pictured above left to right:  Chairman Rockoff, Marty Dytrych and Dick Sheehan, Chairman Emeritus.


In addition to teaching The First Tee Life Skills Experience, our chapter provides additional instruction opportunities to middle school and high school age golfers with a goal of competing on their high school and a future collegiate team. We currently have six students playing on local high school golf teams, one alumna playing collegiate golf and another alumna that has turned professional. Recently, we have forged a new relationship with the world’s top golf instructors and are proud to announce a new partnership with Butch Harmon Floridian.  Chapter students who demonstrate a commitment to The First Tee with a goal to play golf at a higher level will be eligible to work with instructors Claude Harmon III and Ryan Crysler at Butch Harmon Floridian.  Floridian’s owner, Jim Crane, is a Trustee of The First Tee and a committed supporter of our Chapter and The First Tee national organization. Through the partnership, The First Tee students will receive special access and programs designed to enhance skill, course management and golf fitness. Instructors from Butch Harmon Floridian will visit Dyer Park throughout the year to work with our advanced students and our chapter will establish a scholarship program for families in need of financial assistance. “This is a very unique and exciting opportunity for our students because of the generosity of Claude Harmon and Ryan Crysler,” said Carl Mistretta, Chapter Executive Director.  “It demonstrates our long-standing commitment to game improvement and forges a partnership with the #1 family in golf instruction.” Claude Harmon III is in the vanguard of the new generation of golf teachers. Steeped in tradition both his grandfather, Claude Harmon, and father Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr., have been the dominant teachers of their generation.  The Harmon family pedigree has been the perfect foundation for Claude to build his knowledge of golf instruction. Claude’s teaching philosophy and methods have delivered lower scores and better, more repeatable swings for seasoned tour players, celebrities, and amateurs of all abilities.  Claude is ranked 12th on Golf Digest’s 2017-2018 Best Teachers in America and the Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor list. Claude currently coaches three time major winner Brooks Koepka, US Open Champion Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and PGA Champion Jimmy Walker. Four Chapter students have started working with Senior Instructor, Ryan Crysler at Butch Harmon Floridian.  Ryan is a highly regarded Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf 3 professional ranked on The Golf Digest 50 Best Teachers In Florida List for 2017-2018. Ryan currently coaches PGA Tour players Dominic Bozzelli, Champions Tour players Ken Duke and Barry Lane, and high performing college and junior players. Ryan focuses on simplifying concepts, athletic performance, proper equipment and shot by shot analytics on the course and in practice.  Ryan’s business and coaching supports military charities including the Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE. There are only three Harmon learning centers in the world: Butch Harmon Floridian, The Butch Harmon School of Golf in Las Vegas and Claude Harmon Performance Golf in Dubai.  Butch Harmon Floridian includes two Swing Studios, a Scotty Cameron Showcase Partner Putting Studio, private Fitness Center and the new Harmon Short Course.  The facility spans 4,500 square feet on its own private practice tee beautifully designed to take advantage of the cool prevailing sea breeze. Featuring serene rolling short game areas and two practice greens, it is designed for any golfer that desires to improve.