Little Brother Hooked On Golf Because Of His Big

Damarius has been with one of our program partners Big Brothers Big Sisters for several years. Just this year he was matched with a Big who loved sports as much as Damarius does. Big Brother Hank loves the game of golf and he started to bring Damarius to the golf course. Because he did not have his own clubs, Hank let Damarius borrow his clubs. Thanks to our generous club donors, First Tee – Treasure Coast supplied Damarius a set of his own clubs that fit him perfectly. “After just three lessons, he has found a love for the sport,” said Hank.

Congratulations To 2021 Chapter Award Winners

Mason Sarkin – Participant of the Year Mason is 12 years old. He has been with Coach Bo and First Tee for 6 years. He attends Hidden Oaks Middle School in Palm City where he is an Honor Roll student. He loves football, basketball and especially golf. His favorite part of golf is putting and getting to walk the course. “My favorite thing about First Tee are the coaches and the new friends I have made,” said Mason. “If I could play a round of golf with anyone, it would be Rickie Fowler. He is my favorite professional.”
Chris Connelly – Coach of the Year Chris was the lead coach for chapter programs at Riverbend Country Club and The Champions Club during a very challenging year. Chris not only coached but also helped mentor newer coaches along the way. Chris has been a PGA professional for over 10 years and enjoys giving back to a game that has given him so much. He also played in our 100-Hole Challenge fundraiser and raised $2,500 for our programs.
Matthew Boyd – Volunteer of the Year Matthew is a retired Police Chief of the City of Miami Gardens. While in Miami he was introduced to First Tee and spent several years volunteering for their chapter. When he retired to Port Saint Lucie, he became a volunteer with First Tee – Treasure Coast. In 2020, he assisted Coach Willie Scott in starting up a very successful First Tee program at Fairwinds Golf Club in Fort Pierce. “The success of my program is due to the help of great volunteers like Matthew,” said Coach Willie.

Chapter Students Win Monday After The Honda Tourney

For the last 12 years, our Chapter has conducted the Monday after The Honda Invitational. Our donors, supporters and students play the Sunday pins from the PGA TOUR event. A few crazy people even played the pro tees! Chapter students Katie Harwood and Jacie Goodman (pictured above left) won the low net division with an impressive score of 54. They were joined by Chapter Director of Community Outreach, Anthony Coletta and fellow student Trevor Tarashuk (pictured above right). “We putted lights out and made everything,” said Katie. “If one of us had a tough hole, the other person played it well. It was a great team effort. We are both very thankful to First Tee and The Honda Classic for inviting us to play.” Monday after the Honda tournament results were as follows: LOW GROSS 1st – Bobby Collins & Carl Panattoni (67) 2nd – Morgan Slaton & Mack Edwards (68) 3rd – Matt Boris & Lance Gillet (68) LOW NET 1st – Katie Harwood & Jacie Goodman (54) 2nd – Willie Melia & Bill Dunn (59) 3rd – Clay Surovek & John Surovek (62) “The course was in fantastic condition and the greens were lightning fast,” said Chapter President Andrew Hunt. “The Monday after tournament shows our guests what it is really like to play on the PGA TOUR. We are so grateful to The Honda Classic for giving us this opportunity to raise some funds and have such a memorable experience.”

Golf Is A Social Distancing Sport – Register Now!

First Tee registration is open at multiple program locations in St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Please visit our website to learn more about class days and times at the following locations: • Crane Watch Club • The Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course • The Champions Club • Riverbend Country Club • Jensen Beach Golf Club • Fairwinds Golf Course