Everyone in our organization is responsible for tracking and reporting participant data information into The First Tee home office database. This is how our Chapter and Coaches are evaluated. We are required to enter every participant that goes through The First Tee Life Skills from January 1st, 2017 through December 31st, 2017.

After every 9-week session, we request each Coach to submit a completed database form. Because of The First Tees 20th anniversary this year, home office is asking that we enter all participants we have so far by November 1st. Please send in your participant names by October 15th so we can begin the process. We will enter all remaining names by the end of the year.

Through consistent tracking, this allows our Chapters to measure the success and impact of programs and also monitor trends of how our Chapters compare to others across the country. If you need the database form, please let us know.

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About three months ago, Coach Monica Miller, a coach from the Broward chapter delivered beautiful baby Aubree. Congrats to Coach Monica on the new arrival and rumor has it that Aubree can already hit a draw, fade and punch shot!


Once a coach enters The First Tee coach program at Level I, they must submit post training documents within one year of training to remain an active coach. Coaches continue to move through the coach program either by attending the next level of training, or completing annual reassessments. Coaches that do not complete an annual reassessment at a minimum, will result in coach status being moved to inactive. The post training requirements are listed in each of the document templates, and they differ by training level.

Many of our Coaches received a follow-up training email from home office a few months ago and from myself last month. Please complete your training requirements as soon as possible. We are here to help! The chart below will help you to understand steps to follow to complete your training level.

Lastly, please do not send the documents to home office. They must be reviewed by either myself or our Executive Director and signed. Then we will forward the documents on to home office. Once a coachs documents are reviewed and approved by the home office, they become a fully certified Level I, II, or Recognized Coach.


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Thank you to all Coaches who attended our lunch and golf outing at Ibis and for sharing a fun time together at this event.

Special thanks to Joel and Sue Zanville for offering their support and inviting us to their home course to make this day a better day for all of us!!

A huge THANK YOU to our Trustee and Director, Ken Ohrstrom, for his continuing support through these many years and for coming and meeting all the coaches.

We had a total of 18 Coaches attend from all three Chapters!

We are looking forward to more events like this one in the future!

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Weston Hills Mission United, Golf for Veterans

“I was so happy to hear there was a program like this providing free golf lessons for military Veterans. I cant begin to tell you what a great experience it was each and every Saturday morning. Both instructors, Steve and Nick were magnificent. Its easy to tell they are gifted at teaching golf, from the first day at where we started with the absolute basics to our last lesson. They were extremely patient, good humored, and passionate about the game. I walked away after each lesson feeling great, and more confident in my golf game. Each lesson provided new skills and drills to use in the future. I could tell that every veteran enjoyed their time there, and many would stay after the lesson to continue working on the days lesson. Im proud to have served this great country and even prouder of those who step forward to support our military. Thanks again to everyone involved in providing this outstanding program and a special thanks to John ( our volunteer) who also assisted with instruction.”

God Bless You All,
Gene U.S. Army
101st Airborne Division (Infantry)

This is what The First Tee is all about!

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A fun game I use to play as a kid was “HANGMAN.” You had to guess what the word was before it was too late! This game is very similar and you can play it many ways and you can call it want you want. All the items purchased for the game are under $10.00.

1. Start by setting up a tic-tac-toe board.
2. Place the alphabet letters in random boxes
3. You can pick a word or maybe a definition of one of the Nine Core Values or parts or the golf course. The word today was HONESTY.
4. You can have as many teams as you like. I had two teams, orange and yellow.
5. The yellow team putts their ball and it stays in one on the boxes. They can pick a letter in the box. They choose the letter “y” That is a letter in the word so you post the letter shown in the picture. If the team choose the letter “u”which is not a letter in the word, you would then draw a part of a golf hole.
6. The other team would then putt and proceed to do the same. The first team to solve the word wins and the first team to draw a complete golf hole is out!

You can play this for putting, chipping or pitching for more advanced students. I hope this adds to your list of games and if you need more information, please feel free to contact me.

Rick Hengstenberg


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