2018-04-12 / Sports

Junior golf program holds open registration

The First Tee of Michigan junior golf program teaches not just the game of golf to youngster, but life skills, core values and healthy habits.Photo courtesy First Tee of Eastern Michigan The First Tee of Michigan junior golf program teaches not just the game of golf to youngster, but life skills, core values and healthy habits.Photo courtesy First Tee of Eastern Michigan LAPEER COUNTY – Registration is open for The First Tee of Eastern Michigan’s junior golf program that begins the week of June 25. First Tee is for kids ages 5-18.

Four program locations will be offered in Genesee and Lapeer counties including IMA Brookwood Golf Club (Burton), Seifert Golf Center (Grand Blanc), Lake Nepessing Golfland (Lapeer) and Castle Creek Golf Club (Attica). Additional programs, play days and league play will also run this summer at Swartz Creek Golf Course in Flint.

The First Tee offers programs from certified instructors that teach the fundamentals of the game of golf. Fun activities are included in each lesson plan to teach proper technique and rules and etiquette while emphasizing the Life Skills, Core Values and Healthy Habits of The First Tee, values that are all inherent to the game of golf.

“The First Tee Life Skills Experience is one of the unique features that differentiate The First Tee from other youth enrichment and junior golf programs” explained Joe Simpson, PGA Professional and Program Director of The First Tee of Eastern Michigan. “It helps young people develop character by focusing on our Nine Core Values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment). These values are continually woven into the daily golf instruction. As participants work on different golf skills through practice and playing golf they discover how skills essential to success on the golf course can help them flourish in life” added Simpson.

The First Tee of Eastern Michigan provides junior golf programming to kids 5 – 18 years of age. The First Tee Membership fee is only $50 per year and allows participants to sign up for a number of First Tee classes. Registration fee for the summer programs are only $50-$75 per participant and includes five weeks of instruction (classes held once a week), a tournament and season celebration banquet. “We will also run our STEMLinks program again this summer for kids age 12+ that enjoy learning the science behind the game of golf” added Simpson.

First Tee participants can play golf at little or no cost on certain First Tee Play Days offered during the summer at various courses. League play will also be offered this summer for children registered in The First Tee’s PAR and above program.

Details: www.thefirstteeeasternmichigan.org or call Diane Wojciechowski, Executive Director at 810 249- 7060. Registration is also available at summer program location sites.

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