“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 and event details below.

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) Send an email to Evan Johnsen with your intent to apply, and if you’re eligible, you’ll be provided with the application link and access code.

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


Congratulations to the 2018 Selectees from seattle!

 

National Scholars Program

Julia Dai

Valerie Tse

              Viktorina White

Bradley Wong

William Zhu

Par-3 Championship

Bradley Wong

Perfect Sense Unified Challenge

Valerie Tse

John Deere Drive Your Future Academy

Haley Wong

Life Skills & Leadership Academy

Keiki Hofilena

Vy Nguyen

Pure Insurance Championship

Beau Fenton

Jack Miller


2019 schedule of events

On a mobile device, scroll right for details on each event.
Event Date Location Application Released Deadline Field Announced
2018-2019 Scholars Program N/A N/A 1/23/2019 2/25/2019 3/20/2019
Wells Fargo Succeeding Together Contest April 29-May 5 2019 Charlotte, NC 1/23/2019 3/11/2019 4/17/2019
IJGA Training N/A N/A Visit IJGA Visit IJGA Visit IJGA
Perfect Sense Unified Challenge June 23-27, 2019 Washington D.C. 2/6/2019 3/25/2019 5/1/2019
John Deere Drive Your Future Academy (Girls Only) June 24-28, 2019 San Francisco, CA 2/6/2019 4/1/2019 5/15/2019
John Deere Power for Good Scholarship Contest July 7-11, 2019 Silvis, IL 2/6/2019 4/1/2019 5/15/2019
Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy July 24-30, 2019 Boise, ID 2/6/2019 4/8/2019 5/29/2019
CoBank PEAK Performers August 21-24, 2019 TBD 4/3/2019 5/13/2019 6/12/2019
Coca-Cola America’s Future August 21-24, 2019 Atlanta, GA 4/17/2019 6/3/2019 6/26/2019
PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee September 24-30, 2019 Pebble Beach, CA 2/13/2019 5/6/2019 7/10/2019

 


2019 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

2019 Program Information

Application release: January 23, 2019
Application deadline: February 25, 2019
Field Announced: March 20, 2019

 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 how The First Tee Nine Core Values have helped them on their personal journey to become better students, better citizens, better golfers and better prepared for life.

Eligible participants of The First Tee can enter through an application and essay process beginning January 23 through March 11, 2019. Our panel of judges will select ten finalists and then ultimately four winners, each of whom will win a trip to the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship with one grand prize winner experiencing the thrill of playing golf with a PGA TOUR pro during the pro-am.

2019 Event Information

Date: April 29-May 5, 2019 (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 2019 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 4/29/2019 – 5/5/2019 (“Grand Prize”) or 5/3/2019 – 5/6/2019 (“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 Charlotte, 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.

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!

2019 Event Information

Date: June 23-27, 2019
Location: Washington, DC.
Host: Perfect Sense Digital

Eligibility Requirements

Home Office Contact


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.

2019 Event Information

Date: June 24-28, 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA
Host: TBD


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.

2019 Event Information

Date: July 7-11, 2019
Location: Silvis, IL
Host: The John Deere Classic


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.

2019 Event Information

Date: July 24 – July 30, 2019
Location: Boise, Idaho
Host: The First Tee Home Office and The First Tee of Idaho


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.

2019 Event Information

Date: August 21-24, 2019
Location: TBD
Host: TBD


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.

2019 Event Information

Date: August 21-24, 2019
Location: Atlanta, GA
Host: Coca-Cola Headquarters

 


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.

2019 Event Information

Date: September 24- 30, 2019 (participants who apply must be able to travel to Pebble Beach during these days)
Location: Pebble Beach, CA
Host: Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Selection Process and Application

  • Chapters may nominate/send application link to up to 5 eligible participants.
  • The junior field consists of 81 players.
  • After the judging committee reviews the online applications, a phone and/or webcam interview with a participant may be necessary to make the final selections.
  • An interview at the chapter PRIOR to sending in an application is a requirement that must be completed.
  • EVERY element of the application will be stringently reviewed by the judging panel, so please be sure that each part of the application is thoroughly completed – including the Chapter Letter of Involvement Form.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that each applicant from your chapter is highly qualified and 100% ready to compete at Pebble Beach and represent The First Tee in front of an international audience. Players must be physically and mentally able to play up to 5-6 rounds in one week while carrying their own golf bag, while keeping pace of play according to the PGA TOUR Rules and Competitions guidelines. Players must have an updated and accurate USGA Handicap, please see strict eligibility requirements.

Tournament Procedures

  • Juniors will learn of the PGA TOUR Champions player with whom they are paired on Tuesday of tournament week.  The pairings will be revealed at a very special pro-junior mixer on Tuesday evening. This increases the opportunity for juniors to play one or even two practice rounds with their pro.
  • The tournament will no longer allow caddies for junior contestants. This will assist with the pace of play, and provide juniors an opportunity to experience carrying their own bag as they would in other high profile junior golf and college tournaments.
  • Juniors who don’t make the Sunday cut will have the opportunity to play in a competitive stroke play event at Poppy Hills Golf Course hosted by the Northern California Golf Association.