The First Tee of Myrtle Beach

The First Tee of Myrtle Beach


Myrtle Beach, SC

P: 843-913-1302
www.thefirstteemyrtlebeach.org

Learning Good Habits Through the Game of Golf

The First Tee of Myrtle BeachThe Myrtle Beach golf industry is built around the premise of providing the current generation of golfers with supreme service, playing conditions and value. However, one organization is focused on giving the next generation something entirely different, but is also using golf as the vehicle to accomplish its mission. At its core The First Tee of Myrtle Beach, and the other 200 chapters like it nationwide, help young people in the community, many of whom are considered at-risk, learn good habits through the game of golf. Initially part of the non-profit Shared Care, Inc., The First Tee of Myrtle Beach was established in 2004 as an early intervention and prevention program for the youth of Horry County. In 2005 life and golf skills programming was put into action and proved to be the best summer experience ever for many of the young people who participated.

During the spring, summer and fall of 2011 a variety of programs will be offered. Class sessions will use golf as the tool to teach participants character, proper etiquette and The Rules of Golf.

Students will be instructed using The Life Skills Experience curriculum, the foundation of which is built around nine core values: Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Courtesy, Confidence, Perseverance, Judgment and Sportsmanship. Please check The First Tee Web site for details about locations and programs offered at www.thefirstteemyrtlebeach.org.

Golf Mirrors Life

The First Tee of Myrtle BeachThroughout the course of 2011 those of us who closely follow golf, and mostly anyone who turns on the television or reads the news for that matter, will learn that even our heroes in this gentleman’s game aren’t immune to failures and colossal falls from grace. But your golf game, much like your character in life, is measured by your recovery shot. Through its curriculum and teaching methods, The First Tee aims to teach the youth of the community to set and achieve goals for any situation that may arise in everyday life. The ultimate goal is to develop the next generation into productive and community-minded citizens. The First Tee of Myrtle Beach will deliver lessons that will improve a junior golfer’s game, but more importantly will mold young men and women into future leaders in Horry County and beyond.

Growth Beyond Expectations

What started in July 2005 with a group of eight students and eight volunteers as a pilot project has blossomed into an effort that requires dozens of volunteers to coordinate and instruct hundreds of students. In 2007 The First Tee of Myrtle Beach registered 473 students through spring, summer and fall sessions. This went above and beyond any expectations or goals set by the organization’s leadership that included Rev. Joseph E. Washington and Robert Harper, President of the Carolinas PGA. The program had stretched to include separate programs for each level of The First Tee Life Skills Experience including 13 class options at nine different locations throughout Horry County.

The First Tee of Myrtle BeachIn 2008, 387 youths in Horry County were involved in the First Tee Program. Classes were led by trained lead coaches. Coaches from The Golf Academy of America, Coastal Carolina University’s Professional Golf Management, PGA and LPGA golf professionals have stepped up to provide a comprehensive and seamless delivery of life and golf skills to the youth of our community. Classes were held weekly for 90 minutes and each session lasted for 12 weeks. Classes included a continuous assessment of life and golf skills. Golf Clinics, USGA Rules Workshops and lessons emphasizing The First Tee Nine Core Values were held during the summer sessions.

The Next Chapter

The First Tee of Myrtle Beach has successfully launched The National School Program in 10 area elementary schools, allowing a greater opportunity to transition interested students into the After School Program. The First Tee of Myrtle Beach’s National School Program has been able to touch more than 5,000 area students. Future plans identify a complete roll-out to all elementary schools in Horry County, with the ability to impact more than 20,000 children. The recent generous donation of 10K from the Hootie & The Blowfish’s Monday After The Master’s organization will allow the implementation of the program to come to fruition.

Anyone interested in making a donation to The First Tee of Myrtle Beach or volunteering their time to help with coaching participants during the after school program should contact Program Director, Ryan Hart at (843) 913-1302 or at rhart@thefirstteemyrtlebeach.org

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