Volunteers Needed For AJGA Event At PGA National

PGA National Resort & Spa – Champion & Fazio November 20 – 22, 2020

Volunteer Needs: – Timing Station Volunteers (Champion & Fazio Courses) – Water Rovers (Champion & Fazio Courses) The AJGA has created an online sign-up link to allow everyone to specify their available dates and times. Please contact: Melanie Sands Email: [email protected] Cell: (609) 744 – 6921

Team BallenIsles Rocks The CMAA 100-Hole Challenge

Team BallenIsles consisting of the club’s General Manager- Ryan Walls and Director of Golf- Jeff Fitzherbert (pictured above left), did not stop at 100 holes. They kept going and played 125 holes at Jupiter Country Club! The club membership supported their efforts with over $15,000 in donations to support our children and veterans. They were also joined by Young Professional members Jon Cross and Mason Meany, chapter student Harry Hutchings and chapter supporter Tony Lafaso. Two weeks prior, Chapter staff- Carl Mistretta (pictured above middle), David Trout and Emily Valentine played 10 holes in the rain before playing the final 90 holes at PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE in their simulator. Chapter Treasurer Mitch Stump (pictured above right) just kept playing in the rain! To date, we have raised over $31,000 of our total goal of $40,000. Please consider a donation to help fund our children’s and veterans’ programsduring these difficult times in support of everyone who played 100 holes or more. Are you interested in playing the 100-Hole Challenge this year at your club? There is still time. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Chapter Students Play Timber Tech Pro Am

The TimberTech Championship recently held at The Old Course at Broken Sound was an exciting event with a strong field of PGA TOUR Champions players. Congratulations to Darren Clarke who won the championship. Six Chapter students were invited to play in the ProAms. Pictured top left, from left to right: First Tee foursome of Felipe Obando, Shrey Shalia (Broward Chapter), Tour Player Ken Duke, Katie Harwood (Treasure Coast Chapter) and Asha Farrelly. This foursome was generously donated by the S. Randolph Scheen Family Charitable Foundation. Pictured top right, left to right: Sebastian Nachilly and Billy Reid with Tour Player Robert Karlsson. Sebastian and Billy both applied to play in the Pure Insurance Open at Pebble Beach, but First Tee players were not allowed to play due to COVID. First Tee home office invited both students to the ProAm. “What an amazing day with Robert Karllson at the Timber Tech ProAm,” said Palm Beach Chapter student Billy Reid. “We discussed course management and his thought process with many shots. He even gave me some chipping tips that I was able to implement into my round as we played. This was a great opportunity that I am very thankful for to First Tee.” Special SHOUT OUT to the tournament staff for making this opportunity happen for these deserving students.  We are very excited to be engaged with this premier golf tournament.

Chapter Students Win SFPGA Players Of Year

Congratulations to Zoey and Wylie! – Birdie participant, Zoe Shamy, won the 2020 Girls 13-18 SFPGA Prep Tour Player of the Year. – Par participant, Wylie Inman, won 2020 Boys 11-12 SFPGA Prep Tour Player of the Year. Each of the PGA Junior Tours (Prep, Challenge, and Championship) conduct a season long Player of the Year points race. Each event awards points to top finishers. The players with the most points at the end of the year are crowned Players of the Year. Chapter student Tyler Mistretta holds a .25-point lead in the Championship Tour with the final event coming up in early December at Banyan Cay. Can we go 3 for 3??


After three postponements due to rain, the new PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE in Palm Beach Gardens graciously hosted the Teen Golf Association for a Friday night get together. The weather was great! Students enjoyed pizza, a closest to the pin contest on the golf simulator and competed in a 3 -hole putting competition. Congratulations to the winners who each received a gift card to the store: Sebastian Nachilly, Eagle Participant Micah Boggs, Par Participant Sean Dully, Palm Beach Gardens High Golf Team Landon Murray, Birdie Participant

Thank You For Your Service

Besides working with thousands of children in our First Tee classes and special needs programs, our Chapter also brings the great game of golf, outdoor recreation, and social activities to hundreds of our nation’s veterans each year. Our veterans’ programs began in 1999 and continue to thrive each week. These programs are made possibly from many of our donors and a generous grant from United Technologies through The Honda Classic. Coach Dave McNulty, PGA leads our veterans’ programs. These programs help to thank our veteran participants for their service.

Birthday Coming Up? Please Support Junior Golf

Treasure Coast golfers have no doubt taken notice of the “Golf Capital of the World” license plate proudly displayed on thousands of local automobiles. Many golfers do not know that the benefitting charity of this license plate is junior golf. Created in 2002 by the Dade Amateur Golf Association, the Florida Junior Golf Council was formed for the benefit of Florida’s junior golf programs. Through the efforts of the late Charlie DeLucca, the “Golf Capital of the World” license plate was passed into law by the Florida legislature and Governor Jeb Bush. All revenue generated supports junior golf programs. To date, over $8.7 million has been distributed to support junior golf. The FJGC license plate grant program is designed to assist organizations that introduce young people to golf, through instruction and competition, teach the values and Rules of Golf, stress integrity, courtesy, self-discipline, and other life skills.  Additionally, the grant program assists junior golf organizations that serve economically disadvantaged youth, children with special needs and the general population.  The FJGC is planning to significantly increase the size of grants for the next year because of the impact of COVID-19 on junior golf programs. “We are now seeing that junior golf programs have to offer smaller class sizes, pay for more coaches to ensure safety and spend unbudgeted funds on thermometers, sanitizer, masks and gloves,” said Charlie DeLucca III, Executive Director of the First Tee of Miami and board member of the FJGC. “After speaking with several junior program executive directors and administrators it became obvious that the FJGC needed to step in and assist these important programs. All Florida golfers recognize the license plate, but many do not understand the incredible impact it has on junior golf. (Pictured above: Chapter Executive Director Carl Mistretta with one of his two FJGC license plates.) The easiest way to purchase the license plate is during your birthday month by renewing your tag registration. The plate can be purchased online or in person at the office of the tax collector or tag agency. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

100-Hole Challenge – Hobe Sound Golf Club

Head Golf professional Tom Yeager raised over $5,000 for First Tee – Treasure Coast playing 100 holes of golf this September. Coach Chris Connelly, PGA and Director of Community Outreach Anthony Coletta also played 100 holes and raised over $4,000 for our chapter. Special thank you to Hobe Sound Golf Club and the generosity and support of its wonderful members! Donations are still being accepted to recognize Tom, Anthony and Chris for playing 100 holes in one day!

New Programming At Fairwinds

Our newest program location, Fairwinds Golf Course in Fort Pierce, kicked off classes with a free clinic for new students hosted by the Director of Golf- Mark Cammarene, PGA and new First Tee Coach- Willie Scott of Swing Tree Golf. 20 junior golfers battled the wind to participate in a putting activity at the clinic. A new 9-week Saturday session is now in progress. Registration is still open for more students to enroll. Special SHOUT OUT to Fairwinds member, Thomas Moore, for making a very generous donation to assist students in need of financial assistance to attend these classes. We are very thankful to St. Lucie County Parks and Recreation and the entire staff at Fairwinds Golf Course for giving us the opportunity to grow the game and make a greater impact in the Fort Pierce community.

Thank You PGA TOUR Superstore And Trustee Arthur Blank

Arthur M. Blank, Chairman, PGA TOUR Superstore and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and a Trustee of First Tee, has donated $9.5 million to the national organization to impact the lives of thousands of students across the country. “We are grateful for leaders like Arthur Blank and his family of businesses who understand the power of investing in young people and their communities through First Tee,” said Jay Monahan, Commissioner, PGA TOUR and Chairman, Board of Governors, First Tee. The new grant will help First Tee reach more children across the U.S. and strengthen First Tee’s curriculum for teenage participants. Pictured above: Joe Gorman, Manager of the PGA TOUR Superstore on PGA Boulevard presented a $15,000 check from the Blank Family Foundation to Chapter students- the entire Turner family! PGA TOUR Superstore and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation have supported First Tee for more than a decade, helping First Tee grow from reaching 260,000 students in PGA TOUR Superstore markets in 2011 to more than 1.5 million young people in 2019. This new grant will help First Tee focus on the critical teenage years, where in the U.S. one in five public school children drop out before they finish high school.

Tortorici Awarded SFPGA Golf Professional Of The Year

Sailfish Point Head Golf Professional Victor Tortorici, PGA was selected as the South Florida PGA Section “Golf Professional of the Year 2020.” “Victor, his staff and the members of Sailfish Point have been generous supporters of our chapter,” said Andrew Hunt, Chapter President. “Congratulations to Victor on such well deserved recognition for his many contributions to the game of golf in the Treasure Coast.”