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.

 

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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:

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.