Coach Emily Valentine and Coach Joe Gerard hosted 15 children from the City of Belle Glade Summer Camp at the Belle Glade Golf Club earlier this month. In addition to Life Skills, the students learned about the full swing and putting. Special thank you to Belle Glade Golf Club for hosting this fun filled day!
96 participants from 63 First Tee chapters around the country, including Chapter Eagle student Jacie Goodman, recently attended the Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy in Boise. Hosted by The First Tee home office, the academy recognized and rewarded exceptional teen participants who are preparing to build upon leadership skills introduced through programs at The First Tee chapters. Top coaches in The First Tee’s network delivered the golf and leadership instruction that incorporate The First Tee’s values and life skills in a concentrated, week-long event. Participants developed skills preparing them for success beyond the golf course. They experienced championship golf, career exploration, dorm living at Boise State University and meeting other teens from around the country sharing golf as their common bond. “What an amazing opportunity to travel all the way to Boise, Idaho. I met so many new friends and I played some great golf too,” said Jacie. “We visited all these fun places like Jump where we learned about team building and listened to inspirational speakers who gave us some great advice. This week in Boise was one of the best of my life and I am so grateful to have been apart of it, with all those wonderful coaches, chaperones, and players. The best thing about this trip was gaining free yardage from the elevation difference! The weather was truly beautiful and I fell in love with Boise, Idaho. Not to mention I now enjoy eating baked potatoes. Thank you First Tee.”
Members of our Chapter’s Young Professionals recently enjoyed a summer event at Jupiter Dunes par-3 course. “We are excited about the growth of the Young Professionals,” said YP Chairman Tom Bliss. “We will be conducting other golf and social events over the next few months.” The group is open to golfers and non-golfers wishing to support our chapter from ages 21-39. For more information on joining the YP, please CLICK HERE. UPCOMING YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EVENT: Friday, September 20th at 5:30pm at North Palm Beach Country Club. Join us: $20 riding in carts Please RSVP to Tom Bliss [email protected] to secure your spot!
Morell Studios, the leader in creating golf awards and clubhouse recognition panels, continues to support our chapter each year with grants for programming and capital improvements. When the students are on site at our golf facility in Dyer Park they want to be outside. The shade from the awnings make this possible all year. “Our previous awnings were 10 years old and were showing signs of wear due to the bright sun and last few hurricanes,” said Carl Mistretta, Chapter Executive Director. “New awnings were at the top of our capital improvement list and our friends at Morell Studios made it happen for our many students. We appreciate their continued support.” For more information on Morell Studios golf and corporate gifts and awards, please visit morellstudios.com.
Chapter Alumna, Janelle Johnson, a 2018 college graduate of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and member of the NSU Sharks Women Golf team turned pro last year after graduation. In her senior year, Janelle had 3 top 10 finishes, two 3rd place finishes at the NCAA Division II National Preview and the World Golf Invitational and a 9th place finish at the Lady Panther Invitational. After the upcoming Florida Open, Janelle will be playing LPGA TOUR Q-School later this month in Rancho Mirage, California. She missed advancing to second stage last year by 3 shots! The entry fee for Q-School is $2,500 plus travel and lodging expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring Janelle to help her with Q-School expenses, please email [email protected] for more information. @janellejashley to follow Janelle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Prior to NSU, Janelle played on the Women’s Raiders Golf Team at Seminole State College of Florida for two years and was part of the 2015 NJCAA Championship Team. From 2010 to 2013, Janelle played and represented the Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association (PBCJGA) Team at the yearly FSGA Junior Team Championship tournaments. She also played 4 years on the golf team at Wellington High School and advanced to High School State Nationals as a two-time FHSAA Class 3-A State qualifier (2011 and 2013). In 2013, Janelle was also the first participant to represent our chapter by playing in Pebble Beach, California in a PGA TOUR Champions event, now called The Pure Insurance Championship impacting The First Tee.
The members of Palm Beach Country Club began supporting our Chapter in 2016 with the establishment of the Bobby Benson Scholarship Fund. The fund was created to honor the retirement of their longtime golf professional and help fund our outreach programs for 15 years. The Palm Beach Country Club Foundation has also generously funded many capital improvements including new office furniture, a trailer (pictured above) and new turf for our par-3 greens. Their foundation funded the sod, sand and all materials and employees from the Breakers Hotel golf course maintenance team provided the volunteer labor to strip, shape and re-grass the greens (pictured above). The project was recently completed. The Breakers also assists us during the year by aerifying and top dressing and provides many other turf cultivation practices. “Words cannot express our gratitude to the Palm Beach Country Club Foundation and the Breakers,” said Chapter President Bobby Hendel. “Two chapter directors- David Rudnick, a member of Palm Beach Country Club, and Mark Reid, Director of Golf and Grounds at the Breakers, have worked very hard to help us complete so many needed projects.”
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Recently our Chapter received a visit from The Honda Classic team including Tournament Director Andrew George and members of the Couture Club. The Honda Classic Cares presented a generous “big check” in support of our mission of our programs. The Honda Classic is a Founding Partner of our Chapter and impacts our Chapter each year as one of our major donors and supporters. This year, the tournament awarded a record-shattering $5.1 million to 157 South Florida philanthropic organizations during Honda Classic Cares Week, the 13th consecutive year that the PGA TOUR event has been able to increase its impact on the lives of local children and their families. More than 75,000 children and their families will benefit from the Honda Classic Cares initiative this year. The $5.1 million awarded this year is $550,000 higher than the $4.55 million that was distributed in 2018. See you in February at The Honda Classic!
The First Tee and PGA TOUR Champions recently announced that chapter student, Tyler Mistretta, has been selected to compete in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, an official PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, September 24-29. The 16th annual event, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel. The PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee is the only event of its kind where 78 First Tee teenagers from across the country are paired up with 78 PGA TOUR Champions players and 156 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Tyler will compete for the Pro-Junior Team title. He will join 77 other participants from First Tee chapters across the country. Participants were selected by a national panel of judges based on their understanding and application of the values and life skills learned through First Tee’s programs, as well as their playing ability. This year’s field of professionals will include World Golf Hall of Fame Members Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen, as well as defending champion and recent KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship winner Ken Tanigawa. Clint Eastwood serves as chairman of the PURE Insurance Championship. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, with the final round contested solely at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, where 23 First Tee juniors will compete based on their 36-hole performance. The tournament will crown one male and one female First Tee Junior Champion on Sunday. Nearly 1,000 teens from First Tee have played in the PURE Insurance Championship, experiencing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet, play and be mentored by PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field. TUNE IN TO GOLFCHANNEL SEPTEMBER 27- 29 TO WATCH!