Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

National Opportunities

First Tee doesn’t just get kids on the course, it offers them exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of corporate partners, the National First Tee hosts a series of events for First Tee participants, allowing them to meet new people, play some golf,  and achieve greatness. Descriptions and selected individuals are listed in the dropdown boxes below.

Ask us about applying for any of the following opportunities.

Golf & Leadership Events

First Tee Future Entrepreneurs Presented by Wells Fargo | May 2-5
This inaugural program celebrates promising First Tee participants/alumni accepted into or from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), who’s interests are around business or entrepreneurial field of study; providing them with an opportunity for mentorship, networking, personal and professional development.

First Tee Leadership Academy in Partnership with PGA TOUR Superstore | June 19-24
In partnership with PGA TOUR Superstore, First Tee Leadership Academy builds on the 5-week local Leadership Series and provides selected teens insight on how successful teams perform.

First Tee National Championship | July 2-6
The First Tee National Championship will be held at Stanford University, bringing together First Tee’s elite players for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play at the collegiate or next level.

Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr | July 18-22
Participants selected to attend this five-day learning and empowerment academy will participate in important conversations around issues of identity, racism, diversity, equity and inclusion. The academy builds throughout the week into a final outreach project in collaboration with DE&I leadership in the local host community.

Participant Advisory Council | July 25-27
First Tee Participant Advisory Council (PAC) advises HQ on matters pertinent to all First Tee participants. It is critical for youth to be heard, and the PAC provides an important forum for youth to express themselves, voice their ideas, and provide input for projects or programs that impact the experience of all First Tee participants.

First Tee Leadership Summit in partnership with PGA TOUR Superstore | July 31-August 4; August 7-11
The Leadership Summit is designed to strengthen the participants leadership skills through dynamic outdoor and team-building activities, preparing them to transfer those skills to other scenarios they will face in the future. The teens will also participate in collaborative workshops in which they will be influenced to challenge their conceptions of transformational leadership.

PURE Insurance Championship Impacting First Tee | September 16-24
An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the tournament pairs top participants from First Tee with a PGA TOUR Champions player and amateurs. To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf ability and their knowledge of the First Tee life skills curriculum. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel.

John Deere Drive Your Future Academy | October 5-9
This all-girls event focuses on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.

First Tee Innovators Forum | November 9-12
The Innovators Forum sets to empower First Tee teens to develop a meaningful service project in their communities focusing on raising awareness on global issues focusing on education, health, and sustainability.

Academic Recognition

First Tee College Scholarship Program

The Scholar Program is designed to provide further support, life skill development and mentorship of our alumni through their journey. Higher education continues to be a critical factor in unlocking opportunities for young people to thrive, and First Tee is committed to their success.

First Tee – Central Coast Alum, Claire Alford, interviewing President Bush in 2022 at the First Tee Network Meeting in Dallas.