Maria Marino Inducted

Congrats to our board member and Palm Beach County Commissioner Maria Marino for being inducted into the 2024 class of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.

In her induction speech, Maria thanked golf for opening the doors that have led her to a career of success and philanthropic work.

In 1977, after years of covering local sports, veteran sportswriter Chuck Otterson decided the time was right to formally recognize the accomplishments of area athletes. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has been involved with this event since 2004, developing it into the successful program it is today.

Congrats To Our Pebble Beach Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Phil O’Connor for winning our Pebble Beach Raffle! He won a 3-night stay at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and a foursome to play one round at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Thank you everyone for entering and supporting our children and veterans. 

Sponsor Spotlight: Admirals Cove Foundation

The Admirals Cove Foundation was founded to improve lives in their surrounding community and to strengthen Admirals Cove through their culture of giving. Through their annual giving campaign, the Foundation’s efforts are focused exclusively in the areas of education, health, and social services.

Darrell Bock, PGA, our Director of Operations, Zack Anderton, Program Director, and Nyla Sims, Program Coordinator attended the Grant Reception to receive the $25,000 grant from the foundation. Our organization sincerely thanks the Admirals Cove Foundation and the members of the club for their continued support of our programs. Their generosity provides a far-reaching impact in Palm Beach County.

ESPN Junior Course Reporter

This year, Isabella Rubio was chosen to represent our Chapter as an ESPN Junior Course Reporter at the tournament.  Guided by ESPN’s sports anchor Theo Dorsey, Isabella explored the media side of behind the scenes at the tournament. She learned the intricacies of event reporting. Together, they followed golf star Ricky Fowler.  Isabella even had the fun opportunity to film some B-roll for a broadcast later in the day.

Jahsiah In The Senate

Chapter student, Jahsiah Bowie, was honored to serve as a Page for a week in the Florida State Senate.

The Senate Page Program offers participants the opportunity to learn about the legislative process in Florida through a hands-on approach to civic learning. Pages role-play as Senators, develop ideas for new laws, draft legislation, and file bills. The week culminates with a mock session in which bills are debated and voted on by Senate Pages. Additionally, Senate Pages assist members of the Florida Senate by distributing legislative materials and correspondence in the Senate Chamber while observing the Senators as they discuss and debate legislation. Pages also lead the Pledge of Allegiance during session, enjoy guest speakers, and participate in educational tours and activities.

ACE – Game-Planning For The Future

Join our Ace Program! Ace is an additional capstone program built for teens to help them game-plan what’s next. It integrates the skills and inner strengths they’ve developed at First Tee and points them toward exploring, investing in, and building a clear plan and assets for their next step. In 2024, there will be 7-10 “ACE Days” that will take place during a day off of school where students will gather to complete projects and play golf. This is a program that is a benefit to your eligible students and is in addition to your already existing First Tee program. Students must be 16 years old and an active participant in our program for at least 3 years.

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Veteran Of The Year

Our Veteran of the Year award was presented to Bolivar “Bogie” Perez at the Spring Season kickoff class at All Golf @ CB Smith Park.

Bolivar “Bogie” Perez, Navy, has been playing golf on and off for the last 30 years and is a first-time participant in our program at The Club at Weston Hills.

When talking about his experience in our program, he said: “I could not be happier with the level of instruction and comradery from the other vets.  This has been a real blessing to keep me engaged and focused on improving my golf game and meeting new friends.”

Interested in joining our veterans’ programs?  Please visit our website for more information.

Congrats Coach Jack

Former Director of Operations, Jack Bloomfield, was recognized by United Way Broward and Mission United Broward for his six years of service to the veteran community. The presentation was held at their monthly meeting attended by staff and board members. 

Our partnership with Mission United began in 2016 with one class of 20 veterans. Due to the overwhelming response and growth, we grew to 10 annual eight-week programs at four different courses. In that span, we taught over 260 veterans, with many veterans returning for additional classes. 

Veterans Monthly Golf Outing

Veterans John Linn, Omar Gonzales, and Wesley Watkins played in the monthly golf outing at the Club at Weston Hills with Veteran Outreach Director, Jack Bloomfield. 

Special thanks to Weston Hills’ Director of Golf, Jon Banas, for hosting our nation’s heroes.