“Because of The First Tee, I know I can reach my dreams and goals in the future.”

– Nikki, participant

The First Tee program doesn’t just get kids on the course; it offers exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of The First Tee national corporate partners, more advanced participants can apply to attend these golf and leadership events. These events often become life-changing experiences. Youth meet new people, play golf, achieve greatness, and show our Nine Core Values in action.

We are pleased to announce the schedule of participant opportunities conducted by the home office. As one of the leading chapters in the network, it has been a great honor of ours to have many of our participants here in Seattle selected for these opportunities. And we hope YOU are the next one to be selected!

 

How to Apply:

1) Review the schedule below and details about each event HERE.

2) Review the Eligibility Criteria for each event HERE and determine if you would qualify. Might be this year, or might be in the future!

3) Download a copy of the application (link available below), and send an email to Evan Johnsen with your intent to apply.

4) We will select our most qualified nominees and then provide instructions to complete the application.

 

2018 schedule of events

On a mobile device, scroll right for details on each event.

 

Event

Date

Location

Application Released

Deadline

Field Announced

2017-2018 Scholars Program N/A N/A Application 2/26/2018 3/21/2018
**Scholarships N/A N/A 3/21/2018 5/7/2018 5/30/2018
*Congressional Breakfast April 23-25, 2018 Washington, D.C. 1/24/2018 2/26/2018 3/21/2018
Wells Fargo Succeeding Together Contest May 1-May 7 Charlotte, NC Application 3/19/2018 4/18/2018
IJGA Training Visit IJGA Visit IJGA Visit IJGA
National Par-3 Championship June 12-17, 2018 Richmond, VA Application 3/5/2018 4/18/2018
Perfect Sense Unified Challenge June 24-28, 2018 Bethesda, MD Application 3/26/2018 5/2/2018
John Deere Drive Your Future Academy (Girls Only) June 25-29, 2018 Atlanta, GA Application 3/26/2018 5/2/2018
John Deere Power for Good Scholarship Contest July 8-12, 2018 Silvis, IL Application 3/26/2018 5/2/2018
College Golf Prep Academy July 10-16, 2018 West Palm Beach, FL Application 4/2/2018 5/30/2018
USGA Learning Science Through Golf Academy July 2018 (TBD) Far Hills, NJ TBD TBD TBD
Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy July 25-31, 2018 East Lansing, MI Application 4/2/2018 5/30/2018
CoBank PEAK Performers (NEW) August 21-24, 2018 Colorado Springs, CO 3/7/2018 5/7/2018 6/27/2018
PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee September 25-October 1, 2018 Pebble Beach, CA Application 5/14/2018 6/27/2018
*Alumni Regional Event September 18, 2018 Atlanta, GA See alumni webpage See alumni webpage See alumni webpage
Coca-Cola America’s Future September 19-22, 2018 Atlanta, GA 5/16/2018 7/9/2018 8/8/2018
A/B Honor Roll – Spring 2018 N/A N/A N/A 11/30/2018
  *The following events are only open to The First Tee alumni
**The following event is only open to The First Tee scholars


Event Details


The First Tee Scholars Program

Purpose

The Scholars Program is a distinction awarded to participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. The designation of Scholar brings with it eligibility for scholarship opportunities and national events.

Christopher Hawkins, Georgetown College President Crouch and Steven Outlaw

2018 Program Information

Application release: January 24, 2018
Application deadline: February 26, 2018
Field Announced: March 21, 2018

 Selection Process and Application

Applications are accepted once per year from seniors in high school who meet the minimum eligibility requirements. They are scored by a judging committee made up of home office staff.

 

 


 

Wells Fargo Succeeding Together

Purpose

This year, the Wells Fargo Succeeding Together contest is encouraging teenage participants of The First Tee to showcase the importance of being part of a “Go-To-Team” and working together.

Eligible participants of The First Tee can enter through an application and essay process beginning January 24 through March 19, 2018. Our panel of judges will select ten finalists and then ultimately four winners, each of whom will win a trip to the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship with one grand prize winner experiencing the thrill of playing golf with a PGA TOUR pro during the pro-am.

2018 Event Information

Date: May 1-May 7, 2018 (participants who apply must be able to travel to Charlotte, NC during these days)
Location: Charlotte, NC
Host: Wells Fargo Championship

Selection Process and Application

  • A panel of judges will select ten finalists and then ultimately four winners, each of whom will win a trip to the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship with one grand prize winner experiencing the thrill of playing golf with a PGA TOUR pro during the pro-am.
  • Selected participants must be able to travel 5/1/2018 – 5/4/2018 (“Grand Prize”) or 5/4/2018 – 5/7/2018 (“First Prizes”). Do not enter this Contest if you are going to turn 19 before or during the travel dates above. with a parent, legal guardian or other designated individual 25 years of age or older.
  • Children of The First Tee chapter staff are ineligible to enter
  • Finalist Prizes – Each of the ten Finalists will receive a $500 cash prize
  • Grand Prize – The grand-prize winner of the Succeeding Together contest will receive a 4-day/3-night trip for two to Charlotte, North Carolina to play in the Wells Fargo Championship pro-am with a PGA TOUR pro as a guest of Wells Fargo. The winner will attend the pro-am draw party and have the opportunity to meet PGA TOUR pros, golf TV personalities, as well as attend the Wells Fargo Succeeding Together golf clinic.
  • First Prize Winners – Three (3) first-prize winners will receive a 4-day/3-night trip for two to Wilmington, North Carolina to attend the Wells Fargo Championship and experience up-close the excitement of a PGA TOUR event from inside the ropes during the exciting final rounds of the tournament.
  • How to enter:

 


International Junior Golf Academy

Purpose

Training at IJGA side imageThrough a partnership between The First Tee and the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), participants are selected to attend a training at the IJGA in Hilton Head, S.C. This week-long academy is intended for players within the chapter network who want to improve their golf game and get a chance to interact with participants from around the country. Participants will be able to hone their golf skills through training via the IJGA instructors, which include collegiate coaches and golf professionals. Additionally, the participants will get an opportunity to showcase their life skills throughout the week through interaction with other participants and instructors, dorm living, extracurricular activities and guest speakers.

2018 Event Information

Date: June 10-16, 2018
Location: Bluffton, SC
Host: IJGA Headquarters

Application Release

An application process will not be held for this event, participants who desire to attend the academy may register with the IJGA directly at: https://ijga.com/first-tee/

Please note: this opportunity is not a home office sponsored event. It is a golf intensive program for participants seeking golf coaching from IJGA instructors.

Event Fees

The regular price for tuition for this program is $1,895. The IJGA is offering a scholarship in the amount of $1,100 so the discounted fee to participate is $795 plus the cost of travel to get to Hilton Head Island. Chapters are strongly encouraged to pay for the event fee as well as travel expenses to get to Hilton Head Island for all accepted participants.  We understand that funding is tight and this may not be a budgeted expense, therefore we encourage chapters to get creative in how this is paid for.

  • Possibilities are to help the accepted participant(s) hold a special fundraiser to pay for expenses, solicit a special donation request from board members etc.  As a last resort, participant families could pay these fees.
  • All ground transportation, lodging, meals and supervision are included in the event fee and will be provided for the duration of the program. Participants will be housed in IJGA dorms. The First Tee home office will not reimburse any airline baggage fees or other expenses for the program.
  • Upon acceptance into The First Tee Training Program at IJGA, the IJGA will charge the $795 event fee on the credit card provided

For more information access the IJGA Summer Camp Brochure

 


The First Tee National Par-3 Championship

Purpose

This event introduces participants to a competitive golf environment by simulating that experience through the stroke play and golf outing events. Participants will develop an understanding of different rules, scenarios and etiquette through instruction lead by a USGA rules official and through implementation during tournament play.

Participants will also work on life skill development through dorm living, interaction with participants from around thecountry and guest speakers. By the end of the week they will have a better understanding of competitive golf rules and regulations and will be ready to act as leaders and role models for other participants at their local chapters.

2018 Event Information

Date: June 12-17, 2018
Location: Richmond, VA
Host: The First Tee of Greater Richmond & The Kanawha Club

 


Perfect Sense Unified Challenge

Purpose

The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge will be a President’s Cup team event with golfers from The First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country. In addition to playing two rounds of golf at some of the top courses in the nation’s capital, golfers will also enjoy a welcome banquet, a career exploration day at Perfect Sense, a tour of DC’s monuments and museums, and a final send off at Top Golf!

2018 Event Information

Date: June 24-28, 2018
Location: Washington, DC.
Host: Perfect Sense Digital

 


John Deere Drive Your Future Academy

Purpose

This all girls event will focus on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.  Applicants will be asked to define the people or circumstances that ‘drive’ them to take on a position of leadership and describe how they plan to apply those principles in their life.

2018 Event Information

Date: June 25-29, 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA
Host: Georgia State University & East Lake Golf Club

 


John Deere Power for Good Scholarship Contest

Purpose

Participants will submit a written essay for the opportunity to win a $5,000 college scholarship plus the opportunity to be a VIP guest and pro-am participant at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL.  The essay should focus on how the students are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and/or neighborhoods.  The essay should include a summary of the impact of their efforts and how their work is connected to the values learned through The First Tee and the game of golf.

2018 Event Information

Date: July 8-12, 2018
Location: Silvis, IL
Host: The John Deere Classic

 


College Golf Prep Academy

Purpose

This week-long academy is intended for advanced players within the chapter network who are pursuing collegiate golf. The academy provides the competitive experience of playing for a college golf team combined with the college experiencethrough rigorous practice and training, tournament play, dorm living, recruiting education and pertinent guest speakers. Participants will cultivate and develop the golf skills, life skills and health & wellness aspects associated with competing at a higher level.

2018 Event Information

Date: July 10-16, 2018
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Host: The First Tee of The Palm Beaches

 


USGA Learning Science Through Golf Academy

Purpose

The USGA’s expertise in the areas of research, science and innovation is of growing importance and touches on every aspect of golf, including a greater understanding of the intersection between science and environmental stewardship. Participants will have hands-on access to the USGA Research & Test Center, a facility that supports the research and development of solutions for the betterment of the game, and also includes the USGA’s proprietary golf club and ball testing equipment. Participants will learn from highly educated and skilled USGA engineers and scientists whose work is focused on advancing the game forward through an understanding, and application, of research, science and innovation for all those who play it.

2018 Event Information

Date: TBD
Location: Far Hills, NJ
Host: United States Golf Association (USGA)

 


Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.Life Skills And Leadership Academy

Purpose

To develop and educate our participants in multiple aspects such as life skill development through engaging golf activities, college preparatory and dorm living, and career exploration, all while having the opportunity to play championship golf and develop lifelong friendships. Through the week they are inspired to consider how they can return to their chapters and communities and be a leader and role model for other participants.

2018 Event Information

Date: July 25 – July 31, 2018
Location: East Lansing, MI
Host: The First Tee Home Office and The First Tee of Mid-Michigan

 


CoBank Peak Performers

Purpose

This event provides participants the opportunity to play a round of golf with World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam at the world-renowned Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. In addition to playing golf with Annika, participants will spend a day visiting some of Colorado’s most famous landmarks in the Pikes Peak area including the United States Air Force Academy.

2018 Event Information

Date: August 21-24, 2017
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Host: CoBank, The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch and the Broadmoor Resort

 


PURE Insurance Championship

PUREchamp

Purpose

The PURE Insurance Championship is a premier event intended to showcases the best participants in The First Tee network.  An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula, the tournament pairs one junior with a PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs.  To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf proficiency and life skills knowledge.  The tournament is televised nationally on Golf Channel.

2018 Event Information

Date: September 25- October 1, 2018 (participants who apply must be able to travel to Pebble Beach during these days)
Location: Pebble Beach, CA
Host: Monterey Peninsula Foundation

 


Coca-Cola America’s Future

Purpose

This event gives five participants the opportunity to fly to Atlanta for four days, spend the day at the Coca-Cola Company, visit attractions in the heart of downtown and attend the TOUR Championship. The participants chosen should be active in their community and local chapter and must exhibit the core values of The First Tee in their everyday lives. Throughout the week, the participants will meet with executives and take part in interviews to determine the winner of a $5,000 scholarship; the four remaining runners-up will each receive a $1,000.

2018 Event Information

Date: September 19-22, 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA
Host: Coca-Cola Headquarters

 


A/B Honor Roll

The First Tee recognizes outstanding academic achievement of all participants through its A/B Honor Roll program. All participants, regardless of age, are eligible for this recognition. At the end of each semester, participants should bring their report card to their chapter.

In order for A/B Honor Roll to count as an event in ZONE, your chapter must submit at minimum of 25 participants and increase the number of submissions over your previous years total.

A/B Honor Roll Process

Last year we implemented a new process for printing and distributing the A/B Honor Roll Certificates to participants. This process helped chapters submit their students whenever they receive their grades, as well as print their certificates for a specific awards ceremony or during programming.

Please review the A/B Honor Roll Certificate Instructions below.  We have also provided you with the A/B Honor Roll Template as part of the process. You must update each participant record in the Participant Database (or on Salesforce) who achieve A/B Honor Roll to receive ZONE points (for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017) by Nov. 30th of each year.

 

 




2017 schedule of eventS

 

WELLS FARGO SUCCEEDING TOGETHER | May 1-7

Teenage participants compete through an essay contest for the opportunity to attend the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, N.C. A committee selects four winners. The grand prize winner receives the opportunity to play in the pro-am with a PGA TOUR player of their choice.
2017 Field »


THE FIRST TEE NATIONAL PAR-3 CHAMPIONSHIP | Jun. 13-18

This six-day event provides 32 participants with not only golf and leadership training, but a 36-hole tournament. Participants represent their territory as two co-ed teams, East and West, go head-to-head in a team match-play format. One boy and one girl earn the title of National Par-3 Champion.
2017 Field »

Congratulations Daniel McIntyre for your 2017 selection!


JOHN DEERE DRIVE YOUR FUTURE ACADEMY | Jun. 19-22

This all-girls event focuses on golf and leadership development. Youth learn the value of staying active in the game of golf, the impact of volunteering, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.
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PERFECT SENSE UNIFIED CHALLENGE | Jun. 25-29

The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge is a team event with junior golfers from The First Tee. Juniors pair up with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country.
2017 Field »


USGA “LEARNING SCIENCE THROUGH GOLF” STEM ACADEMY | Jul. 9-13

At the USGA “Learning Science Through Golf” STEM Academy, teenagers experience hands-on access to the USGA Research & Test Center. The facility houses both specialized golf club and ball testing equipment.
2017 Field »


JOHN DEERE POWER FOR GOOD SCHOLARSHIP | Jul. 10-14

Participants submit a written essay about how they are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities. Two essay applicants receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship and a VIP experience at the John Deere Classic.
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COLLEGE GOLF PREP ACADEMY | Jul. 11-18

This week-long academy is for players from chapters who are pursuing college golf. The academy provides the competitive experience of playing for a college golf team. Youth learn the health, golf and leadership skills needed while competing at a higher level.
2017 Field »


LIFE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY | Jul. 26-Aug. 1

Each summer, 96 participants from our chapters are selected to attend this week-long academy. The event includes championship golf and life skill development. Coaches challenge participants to lead others, explore college life including dorm living and creating a network of new friends.
2017 Field »

Congratulations Valerie Tse for your 2017 selection!


OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANT & LEADERSHIP SUMMIT | Nov. 8-12

Teen participants sharpen their skills at this event to become stronger leaders in their communities. A panel selects eight finalists for The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award, presented by Shell Oil Company, which includes college scholarships.
Deadline: Aug. 4

Congratulations Isis Beauregard-Coaxum and Kayla Tounalom for your 2017 selection!


PURE INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP IMPACTING THE FIRST TEE | Sept. 19-25

An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the tournament pairs participants from The First Tee with a PGA TOUR Champions player and amateurs. To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf ability and life skills knowledge. The tournament airs on Golf Channel.
Field Announcement: Jul. 5

Congratulations Bradley Wong and Haley Wong for your 2017 selection!


COCA-COLA AMERICA’S FUTURE | Sept. 20-23

Coca-Cola Company offers five participants an experience in downtown Atlanta. While visiting the Coca-Cola campus, participants attend new hire training and meet executives. Participants take part in interviews to determine the winner of a scholarship. The event is held in during The TOUR Championship.
Deadline: Jul. 14

Congratulations Estey Chen for your 2017 selection!


RECOGNITION:

A/B HONOR ROLL RECOGNITION

Encourages all participants to excel academically and to stay on track for eligibility in The First Tee Scholars Program. Participants of all ages who earn A’s and B’s (or equivalent) on their report cards receive signed certificates.


THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

This distinction is awarded to participants who are seniors in high school. Scholars must excel in academics, leadership and character development, as well as chapter engagement and community involvement. A limited number of Scholars also receive scholarships.
Scholars: Class of 2017 – 2017 »