FALL PROGRAMS IN FULL SWING

Register up now for Fall programs. Our programs are taught at the following golf course 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 For more information and to register, please visit our website.

WELCOME COACH MATT COLEMAN

Coach Matt joined our Chapter as the lead coach at Riverbend Golf Club. Matt was introduced to us through Chapter Director, Jen Hong. Matt is a great addition to our chapter. Our 2020 Coach of the Year and former Riverbend Lead Coach, Chris Connelly, PGA (pictured above left with Matt) has volunteered his time mentoring Matt as he transitions to lead coach this Fall. Our chapter coaches enjoy helping each other and always work together to make the program a success. Chris will continue to coach in a limited compacity as his new schedule allows. Chris said, “I enjoy working with new junior golf coaches and watching their coaching styles develop over time to help the students.”

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT – GRACE

This summer our Chapter conducted a 6-week program for 25 children at the GRACE Education Center. Students practiced putting and chipping. It was the first time many had ever picked up a golf club, but they all enjoyed this new experience. Coach Joe said, “We discussed what profession they wanted to enter when they graduate school. There were plenty of hopeful nurses, doctors and lawyers. We discussed and demonstrated Respect, Sportsmanship, Courtesy and Integrity. Such a great group of kids!” Special thanks to the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County for introducing us to this new youth serving partner and for providing the funding to conduct this summer program.

ABIGAIL HALPERN WINS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – AGAIN!

Abigail Halpern won the 2020 South Florida Junior PGA Player of the Year on the Challenge Tour. This achievement marks her third consecutive Player of the Year award in SFPGA Junior golf. Abby, a native of Palm City, started playing golf at the age of 3 with the First Tee class at Hammock Creek Golf Club with Coach Bo Batchelor. She has played many junior golf tournaments and has even made two hole-in-ones! During her free time, Abigail has volunteered with the No Kill Animal Rescue Nala Dog Shelter in Palm City because she really cares about dogs. She believes dogs are man’s best animal companions in life. Abigail is a hardworking student at Hidden Oaks Middle School and has made the Honors Principal’s Roll since 2019. She is a member in the National Junior Honor Society. Abigail has been volunteering with the First Tee at Crane Watch helping and guiding young children to learn to play golf. Abigail’s mother said, “I know that the First Tee program has made a big difference in her life as a young golfer and as a student. More importantly, First Tee is shaping Abigail into a future productive and successful citizen of society.

RESOURCES IN COMMUNITY HOPE HOUSE

Chapter staff was recently invited to attend the grand opening of the Fort Pierce Police Department’s Resources In Community Hope (R.I.C.H) House. Students in attendance were introduced to the game of golf using our large clubs and tennis balls. The mission of the Fort Pierce Police Department is to reduce crime and enrich the quality of life through a collaborative partnership with all citizens. The R.I.C.H. House was established for the purpose of creating a safe haven for all those in need of services. It will be a place that fosters police and community relationships and provides a multi-purpose education and resource center for all ages to enhance their quality of life. The R.I.C.H. House will rely heavily on community partnerships and support from non-profit organizations, businesses, and volunteers to make this program well-designed and successful. The R.I.C.H. House will provide curriculums geared towards educational assistance, conflict-resolution, socialization skills, and self-esteem building for children, parents, and seniors. Our Chapter is looking forward to working with the community and delivering our life skills program.

ANNERY GIVES BACK

Annery Abrue, is a First Tee Coach at Fairwinds Golf Course and a First Tee alumna. Coach Willie Scott has been her longtime mentor since she was a freshman in high school. Annery is entering her junior year of college where she plays on the golf team and won her first college golf event this past Spring. She has just completed her first step in becoming a Golf Instructor with TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) completing Level 1 Certification. She is such an inspiration to all the young ladies! Annery made the Presidents list every semester in college with a 4.0 GPA.

HARBOUR RIDGE ROCKS THE 100 – HOLE CHALLENGE!

The staff and members of Harbour Ridge set a new 100 – Hole Challenge record for our chapter by raising $15,564 to support our children and veterans. Our goal this year is to raise $60,000. “We are so grateful for the continued support of Harbour Ridge,” said Chapter President Andrew Hunt. “Their generosity will impact the lives of hundreds of people in their community.” Think you can beat their record? There is still time to play. Please visit our websitefor more information or contact [email protected].

BACK TO SCHOOL = BACK TO GOLF

Sign up now for Fall programs. Our programs are taught at the following golf course 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 For more information and to register, please visit our website.

Participant Spotlight I Maximus Reseniz

Maximus is a PAR participant at Fairwinds Golf Course with Coaches Mark Cammarene, PGA and Willie Scott. He shows a real passion for the game of golf, spending his spare time in the back yard working on his golf swing. His favorite Nine Core Value is Responsibility because he truly understands how this value relates to being on the golf course and interacting with his fellow players.  Maximus made a 30-foot putt while playing a team competition to lead his team to victory! Coach Willie asked his what making that putt meant to him and he replied:  “It was my responsibility to make that putt so that my team would have a chance to win!”

BOGO At POPSTROKE For Chapter Students

Chapter students may enjoy a buy one, get one free round of golf at POPSTROKE, Mondays to Fridays from June 1st to August 31st. Please print and present this coupon to redeem your free round.

Chapter Director Jen Hong Kicks Off 100-Hole Challenge

Are you interested in playing 6 free rounds of golf? All in one day! Still interested? Chapter Director Jen Hong kicked off our 2021 CMAA 100-Hole Challenge this month at The Dye Preserve. That is correct- she played 100 holes of golf in one day to support our Chapter. Her all-day golf effort raised over $1,500 for our children and veterans. “These dollars will be geared towards growing the game of golf for girls and those with special needs,” said Jen. “I am so grateful to everyone that donated.” Donors can still support Jen’s efforts by making a secure online donation at our 100-Hole Challenge website. Interested in playing in the 100 Hole Challenge? Please contact Gennifer Garvin at [email protected] or call at 812-243-5703