2018-02-12 / Local News

Registration now open for First Tee’s spring program

Ledger Staff Writer

Spring registration is now open for local students interested in improving their golf skills through First Tee of the Upstate.

First Tee is preparing for its second year of spring programming where students receive golf instruction and character education lessons taught through physical education programs.

For $80, area youth ages 5-18 can register for spring golf programs offered at Cherokee National Golf Course. Each program session consists of eight classes.

Registration is available until March 5 at www.thefirstteeupstate.org.

“We are excited to start our second year of programming at The First Tee of the Upstate,” PGA executive director Michael Pius said. “In 2017, we impacted over 50,000 youth in our national school program at elementary schools in Cherokee, Greenville and Spartanburg and 425 young people at local golf courses. We have added three new program locations in 2018, and in the first week of registration being open we have over 50 participants registered. We are growing and ready to impact more lives than ever before.”

First Tee has partnered with schools and communities to provide golf instruction and character education lessons in nine core values — honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence, respect, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.

“During those classes we teach our young people not only the game of golf and the necessary skills to be successful on the golf course, but more importantly the life skills that will help them be better people off the golf course,” Pius said.

Donor support allows First Tee programs to made available at a reasonable cost for all families. During spring registration, Pius said financial aid is available and no young person will be turned away due to financial limitations.

“Our Successful Kids Financial Aid Program is essential to our success as a chapter,” Pius said. “We are able to put a golf club in a young person’s hand that would never have the opportunity and that is one of the many reasons our program is so special.”

Financial donations can be made to First Tee to help get a young person on a golf course by contacting Michael Pius at (864) 268-3309.

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