Our local DRIVE SHACK on Belvedere Road opens October 18th!! DRIVE SHACK is committed to supporting the communities in which it serves by building partnerships with local organizations to help advance their missions. DRIVE SHACK has partnered with our Chapter, 2nd Swing and the PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE to kick off the Drive4Change club donation drive. Beginning opening day, on October 18th, through November 3rd, swing by Drive Shack to donate used golf clubs—anything from a single iron to a putter, to a full set of clubs—to help support our Chapter. In return, each person donating clubs will receive up to $100 of free BayPlay. Donated clubs will be valued and converted to cash donations with the help of 2nd Swing and all Drive4Change proceeds will be given directly to our Chapter with a matching donation made by DRIVE SHACK! Pictured above left to right, Chapter staff and supporters attend the VIP opening of DRIVE SHACK: Executive Director Carl Mistretta, Coach Dane Wiren, Young Professionals Chairman Tom Bliss, Outreach and Special Programs Director Connie Capanegra, LPGA, Head Pro and General Manager of the Palm Beach Par 3 Tony Chateauvert, PGA and Treasure Coast Director of Community Relations Anthony Coletta.


IMG’s Honda Classic team will host a Family STEAM Golf Day at The First Tee of The Palm Beaches. Spots are limited. RSVP ASAP! When: October 17th, 2019 Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00pm Cost: FREE! Location: Dyer Park The First Tee of The Palm Beaches 7301 N Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Along with receiving instruction on their putting strokes, student participants will have the opportunity to learn about: different golf course grasses, how a golf hose is cut, identifying plants, preserving wildlife habitats, ecology and conservation and environmental aspects of golf courses. The First Tee of The Palm Beaches’ Michael B. Finnegan Learning Center par-3 course and practice range will be used as an environmental learning lab to facilitate the connections between golf courses and STEAM education. The Honda Classic will also be hosting their annual Kids Ticket contest where the participants can draw, color or paint designs to be selected as the highlighted artwork on The Honda Classic’s kid ticket for the 2020 tournament. CLICK HERE to RSVP. Space is limited.


If you play golf, you have seen the newspaper version of The Tee Times at local golf clubs and businesses as it was launched in 2007. Earlier this summer, Jeff Ward (pictured above right) was named the new general manager and brought a vision for growth and improvement. The newspaper is now distributed in magazine format with a much broader editorial base that will cover the golf lifestyle of South Florida. October was the first edition of the new magazine. To download the October issue, please CLICK HERE. “We are always looking for ways to increase our media coverage,” said Carl Mistretta, Chapter Executive Director (pictured above left). “Tee Times will inform our target audience about our many accomplishments and opportunities for children and Veterans. I am also very excited about Jeff’s vision as this magazine is the only dedicated coverage of golf in our service area.” Interested in having monthly issues delivered to your club or business? DELIVERY IS FREE. Please CLICK HERE to have copies delivered each month to your club our business. Our monthly e-newsletters will include a link to the latest issue of The Tee Times. As a part of our new partnership, the magazine will promote and cover the many exciting stories regarding our programming and students.


Our 100 Friends support our chapter in many ways, such as: • Learning about our mission and programs to act as our community ambassadors • Helping us to identify potential donors, corporations or foundations to support our non-profit organization • Contributing special skills and talents to help us grow and promote our youth development programs. Adam was the perfect example of a dedicated member of the 100 Friends. He not only financially supported our Chapter, but he told everyone about us, brought in new supporters and put his children through our programs. Each year our 100 Friends gather for a golf tournament at The Bear’s Club. This year’s event is Tuesday, October 22nd. Tournament Itinerary: Noon warm-up, 1:00pm shotgun start, concluding with dinner and cocktails. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about playing The Bear’s Club and joining the 100 Friends.


If you knew Adam, count yourself as a very lucky person. He was the life of the party, lived for each day and loved being a father most of all. “Adam above all else, just wanted to talk and tell stories and jokes. He was the only person I have ever met that could continue a conversation through his golf swing!” said Bobby Hendel, Chapter President and close friend of Adam. Adam loved to play golf and was a long-time supporter of our Chapter. Both of his children, the source of his pride of joy- Brandon and Eden- were students in our programs. Brandon represented our Chapter and played in the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach. Pictured above middle: Brandon, second from left, enjoying a golf tournament with his father and friends. Above right: Brandon at Pebble Beach. Chapter staff were very close to Adam and his family and we will be dedicating our upcoming tournament at The Bear’s Club to him and the memories he helped us all to create.


It was the trip of a lifetime for 78 First Tee students, including Chapter participant Tyler Mistretta. The tournament allows the students to step into the spotlight of a nationally televised golf tournament and show off their life and golf skills learned in The First Tee program. ” I knew it was going to be incredible, as I have met others who have already played,” said Tyler. “But it was actually one hundred times better then you could ever imagine. This is an experience that all students of the First Tee should strive for.” The teens played with Confidence and Perseverance on two world-class golf courses in Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills, while being mentored by legends of the game – their PGA TOUR Champions partners. (Pictured above right: Tyler with his pro partner, Carlos Franco) Tyler and Franco shot 6-under best ball the first day at Poppy Hills and then faced 40 miles per hour winds at Pebble the second day. They managed to grind out a one over par round at Pebble in the tough conditions but missed the cut.

Pictured above left: Tyler standing near 8 green at Pebble and right: enjoying the Ghost Trees of 17 Mile Drive.

Just being selected to play in this unique event was the real prize, but two of these teens are bringing home some nice hardware for winning the Pro-Junior title.  Congratulations to Sam Sommerhauser from First Tee of Greater Sacramento, who was paired with Kirk Triplett.  They finished at 23-under, winning the male Pro-Junior title. And Ashley Menne from First Tee of Phoenix, paired with Tom Lehman, won the female Pro-Junior title with a score of 18-under.