Chapter Coach Gabbie Budd, LPGA and Program Coordinator Steven Andrade partnered up with the Go Fore It Foundation’s inaugural Golf Weekend at Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City. They hosted over 20 children and young adults for their kids’ clinic.

The purpose of Go Fore It is to inspire and introduce children and young adults of diverse backgrounds to the game of golf; in addition to the educational, networking, career, and recreational opportunities it can foster. 

We want to thank Chris Everett, Sherri Pla PGA, and all those involved with Go Fore It in making this weekend a success!


It takes three levels of training to complete the First Tee Coach training process. An incredible number of nine of our Coaches attended First Tee Level 2 Coach Training in Orlando in April. 

“Our coaches are enthusiastic and caring individuals that serve as positive mentors and role models to kids and teens of diverse backgrounds,” said Chapter Executive Carl Mistretta. “A coach’s ability to develop impactful relationships with students is the backbone of our program. We make a concentrated effort and allocate funding for coach training each and every year.”

First Tee’s training system is built on research-proven methods of positive youth development, providing coaches with the tools to make students feel safe, included and empowered.

(Picture above from left to right) Coach Connie Capanegra was a First Tee trainer with Sue Boyer, Joe Gerard, Zack Anderton, Gail Galin, Willie Scott, Steven Andrade, Hector Zapata, and Glen Beaver.


Jacie started with our Chapter in fifth grade. Now she is a high school senior playing on the golf team and will be attending college starting in August!

Chapter student Jacie Goodman has enjoyed an incredible eight years as a First Tee student. She attended the Game Changers Academy in Boise, Idaho and the John Deere Drive Your Future Academy in Detroit, Michigan. She has volunteered as an Assistant Coach and worked at the Els Center of Excellence serving students on the autism spectrum.

During her sophomore year she asked about joining our caddie program. There was an opening available at Old Marsh Golf Club and her journey began to become an Evans Scholar. Through the Western Golf Association, the Evans Scholars Foundation awards full tuition and housing scholarship to deserving caddies. There are currently 1,070 promising young men and women at 22 leading universities across the country.

To earn this prestigious and very competitive scholarship candidates must demonstrate:

  • A strong caddie record………Jacie will have over 160 loops in 3 years.
  • Excellent academics…………How about a 3.7 GPA.
  • Financial need………………..Jacie grew up in a single parent household.
  • Outstanding character……….First Tee, Sports Management Magnet, Els for Autism
    volunteer, National Honor Society, Golf Team Captain.

“The members at Old Marsh simply love Jacie,” said Chapter Executive Director Carl Mistretta. “It has been an incredible three-year experience for her. We are so appreciative to the members and golf staff at Old Marsh, especially Caddie Master Ron Letellier who played such an integral role in her success. She is not only our first chapter student to win the scholarship, but she is also the first female caddie from Florida to become an Evans Scholar!”

Jacie applied to 9 Evans Scholar colleges and was accepted to Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and many others. The last step was earning the Evans Scholarship. During her scholarship interview, there was not a dry eye in the house. She was awarded the scholarship and will be attending the University of Michigan in the Fall. Go Blue!

“Michigan was always her first choice, and her dreams have come true,” said Jacie’s mom Paula Goodman. “She worked so hard for this scholarship. It took so many people to make it happen for her- First Tee for the opportunity, the members of Old Marsh and the Evans Scholars Foundation. These generous people have changed Jacie’s life.”

Pictured above, left to right: John Braniff- Evans Foundation Director and Old Marsh member, Jack Druga- VP Development Evans Foundation, Paula Goodman, Jacie, Ron Letellier, Carl Mistretta and Emily Valentine.

Interested in impacting the lives of First Tee students? Implementing a high school program at your club is actually very easy. For more information, please contact [email protected]


We recently completed the largest Club Drive in our Chapter’s history because of the generosity of the members of Mariner Sands. In April, Mariner Sands member Leigh Schmalz, with support from golf professional, Tim McKenna and their “golf bag drop off team” collected 65 golf bags, over 1,200 golf clubs and other types of golf equipment. 
“What an incredible Club Drive,” said Chapter Director of Operations Anthony Coletta. “We have never seen this amount of donations. The members of Mariner Sands have been very supportive over the years and did a great job of cleaning out their trunks and garages.”

Some of the clubs will be used for our older students and veterans. The majority are sold online to pay for child appropriate golf equipment and to also fund our outreach programs and assist parents with program scholarships.

Interested in hosting a Club Drive? Please contact [email protected]


Gabbie Budd, LPGA is an accomplished golfer, certified professional, and most important, she loves teaching juniors the game of golf. Gabbie has recently joined our team as a full-time Chapter Coach.

She attended Keiser University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Golf Management, played on the Women’s Golf Team, and became an LPGA Professional. Most recently, Gabbie was an Assistant Golf Professional in Boca Raton, FL where she created and managed numerous junior programs with kids from ages 3-16 years old and organized junior tournaments and events

Off the golf course, Gabbie enjoys kayaking, hiking, and going to the beach.


Our Chapter recently began a new partnership with Project Lift by offering 4 weeks of First Tee programs conducted at Fairwinds Golf Club that have transitioned to the new Westside practice facility for 4 more weeks. Coaches Willie Scott and Mark Cammarene, PGA are coaching the 8-week program. Special SHOUT OUT to Fairwinds Golf Club and Boys and Girls Club St. Lucie County for hosting the students. Chapter President Andrew Hunt and Director Ken Duke both personally support Project Lift and have been instrumental to their growth over the last 10+ years.

Project Lift is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk teens and their families through treatment of substance use disorders, mental health counseling, mentoring, and vocational skills training. Project Lift was founded in 2010 in Palm City and recently expanding to a new location in Fort Pierce.


Enroll your children in our First Tee programs as golf is the sport of business and the sport of a lifetime!

Our program locations include:
• Crane Watch Club
• The Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course
• The Champions Club
• Trident Golf Club
• Riverbend Country Club
• Jensen Beach Golf Club
• Fairwinds Golf Course
• Sailfish Sands Golf Course

For more information and to register, please visit our website.


Jeffrey and Suzanne Citron believe in the power of the individual and how one person can inspire a group and then a community to realize even greater goals. As both are successful entrepreneurs, the couple recognizes that creativity, innovation and risk taking are essential to achieve meaningful outcomes.

They were recently introduced to the curriculum and programs of First Tee. With a grant from The Charles Lafitte Foundation, they have become our second Chapter Trustee.

“Jeff and Suzanne’s generous gift could not have come at a better time,” said Chapter President and fellow Trustee Andrew Hunt. “First Tee and the game of golf is experiencing incredible growth in every segment of society. Their support will help us grow and expand to impact the lives of thousands of young people in the Treasure Coast.”

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) was established in 1999 by the Citrons to support innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. CLF supports four primary causes: education, children’s advocacy, medical research & initiatives, and the arts.


Norman Brush is 71 years old and has been playing golf for over 30 years. He served in the army from 1970-1972. Norman really enjoys the outdoors and commented, “Since I can no longer play softball, golf is a fantastic alternative. Thank you First Tee for all that you do for the local veterans.”


On Monday, April 4th Chapter staffmembers, Anthony Coletta and Steven Andrade, attended the Gratitude Breakfast hosted by Premier Reality Group at the Elliot Museum located in Stuart. 

The purpose of the Charitable Giving Fund is to support local not-for-profit organizations that continue to make a positive impact on the community they serve.

Our Chapter was honored to be in attendance with so many other organizations that impact lives daily. Thank you, Premier Reality, for your support and contributions of our children’s and veterans’ programs.

The Premier Charitable Fund in 2021 accomplished the following thanks to the generosity of their Premier Professionals: 

-Over 1,500 Hours Volunteered by our agents 
-Over $71,000 donated to Local nonprofits
-$25,150 raised for the Premier Charitable from our Celebrity Chef event at Fujiyama.


Pace Center for Girls participants Makia Wilson, Jasmine Saavedra, and Amira Menchan enjoyed a golf lesson from Coach Willie Scott before enjoying some friendly competition at the new Wee Links Course at Fairwinds Golf Course in Fort Pierce. Wee Links is a new 6-hole short course designed specifically for kids and teens. 

The girls enjoyed lunch, cake, and an award ceremony after the tournament. Jasmine earned the top spot with a score of 30. Amira and Makia both won second place honors with scores of 36.

Huge SHOUT OUT to the staff at Fairwinds Golf Course and the Rusty Putter Restaurant for making today’s tournament a success! 


Congratulations to Chapter participant, Aahan Asthana, on his recent win at the South Florida PGA Prep Tour tournament at Trident Golf Club! Aahan posted a smooth score of 72 (+1)! He is a participant in Coach Wayne’s program at Jensen Beach Golf Club.