September 2013
Vol 1, Issue 7
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Little Linkers TOC
As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary this year, out Little Linkers program celebrates their 30th as well. Founded in 1983, Little Linkers is an eight-week competitive playing program for boys and girls ages 7-12 years old.  Since its inception, Little Linkers has been a model program for golf courses across the nation as a way to have young people compete on a course sized to their abilities.  Today, this program is held at six area golf course: Ancil Hoffman, Bing Maloney, Diamond Oaks, Haggin Oaks, William Land and Woodcreek. 

On August 
25th, at Haggin Oaks, 49 juniors ages 7-12 completed in the Hugh & Peggy Campbell Little Linkers Tournament of Champions.  Special thanks to The Morton Golf Foundation for their wonderful support of this event.  The little linkers played nine holes, with 10 players scoring below par and three age group champions being decided by sudden death putt-off.    


Congratulations to all of the TOC players for making it into the event.  Our overall boys champion was Arturo Zavala age 11 with a 32 and our overall girls was champion Hailey Rietz age 12 with a 35. 

Nature Valley First Tee Open

  TFT Open

Sept 24-29, 2013 
Pebble Beach, California



We have a FREE bus trip to Pebble Beach on

Saturday, September 28th 

  We are filling the buses with TFTGS juniors ages 8-18.  Coaches from Bing Maloney, Haggin Oaks and William Land will be chaperoning this trip.  This day bus trip will leave early in the morning heading to Pebble Beach, watching the Nature Valley First Tee Open, along with experiencing the Chevron STEM ZONE and coming back to Sacramento that night.  Thanks to sponsorship by Chevron, this is a free trip, including admission into the tournament and lunch.

Don't miss the bus! Sign up today!


Let's fill the bus and support our 6 TFTGS Juniors
John Burke, Louie Euer, Jeffrey Inouye-Wong,
Chad Kubes, Tarah Kubes and Virgie Velazquez

 Our TFTGS juniors were selected from across the country to compete on Pebble Beach Golf Links, alongside the legends of the game from the Champions Tour as their mentors. 


  Can't make the bus trip, but your heading down to the watch the tournament.  18 and under are free, adults buy your tickets now and a portion of the proceeds go back to TFTGS.  Click here to purchase and when they ask for the promo code enter TFTGS. 

Participant Spotlight

Meet Ietetsu Ueyama, a The First Tee of Greater Sacramento participant for the past four years at both William Land Park Golf Course and Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.  He is a member of the Little Linker Program, Year Round After School Program and the Saturday FUNdamental Movement class.  Ietetsu also volunteers much of his spare time at many of The First Tee fundraising events and other organizations outside of golf.  He is a true joy to have in class, as he always brings a positive attitude and smile with him wherever he goes.  

Q&A with Ietetsu
How old were you when you started to play golf?
I started playing golf at 4 1/2 years old.

What is your part about playing golf?

I enjoy having fun playing with other kids.  I've made a lot of friends.

Who is your favorite golfer?

My coaches.

What is your favorite Core Value?

Perseverance.  I like it because you never give up.

If you could play golf with any three people, who would you play with and why?

That's a  hard one.  I can't choose because I want to golf with Coach Tom, Coach Kelli, Coach Brian, Evan and Ms. Jane and many more....  but if I had to choose, it would be....Coach Brian, Coach Kelli and Ms. Jane because they have taught me how to play golf.  Ms. Jane has given me the chance to volunteer.

Thank you Ietetsu for all of your hard work, 
both on and off the golf course!


TFTGS Core Value Award

This award is presented annually to juniors who embody

The First Tee Nine Core Values

Congratulations to our 

2013 TFTGS Core Value Award Recipients

Emily Laskin, Virgie Velazquez

John Burke, Presley Sanassarian 

Fall Programs Are Starting

Bing Maloney Golf Course
Year Round Program - Per Session $89.95
  Session 4: October 16- December 19 
4:00-5:15 Wed (5-8yrs), Thu (9+) 
Saturday Practice and Play - Per Session $99.95
Session four: October 19 - December 21

For more information and to register click here


 Haggin Oaks Golf Complex 
Year Round Program - Per Session $89.95
Session 4: October 15- December 19

4:00-5:15 Tue (4-7yrs), Wed (8-11yrs), Thu (11yrs+)

Fall Saturday Class September 7 - November 2 9:00-10:30 am
FUNdamental Movement I (ages 5-10) - $109.95

FUNdamental Movement II (ages 10-17) - $129.95

Mother/Daughter Class:
Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 Saturdays 11:00-12:30

Price per Class (2 People) - $30.00

For more information and to register click here


William Land Golf Course   

Year Round Program - Per Session $89.95
Session 4: October 15- December 19

4:00-5:15 Tue (4-7yrs), Wed (11yrs+), Thu (8-11

Fall Saturday Class   September 7 - November 2 9:00-10:30 am
FUNdamental Movement I (ages 5-8) - $109.95

FUNdamental Movement II (ages 9-17) - $129.95

For more information and to register click here


Sacramento City Fall Play League - $49.95

September 14 - November 9  Green fees are not included; participants are responsible for those the day of play.  Play league rotates between Bing Maloney, Haggin Oaks and William Land Park golf courses. See coach for details.  *participants must be able to play 9 holes independently and in a timely fashion.

 For more information and to register click here  


Membership has been prorated to $40*(full year $120)
*plus individual fee per tournament
Oct 6 - The Ridge Junior Tournament
Oct 19 - Twelfth Annual TFTGS Jr Tour Fundraiser 
Nov 25 - Cameron Park CC Jr Tournament 

Nov 30 - William Land Park GC Jr Tournament               

For more information and to register click here  

In This Issue
Nature Valley First Tee Open
Junior Spotlight
Core Value Awards
Fall Programs
Jr Tour Fundraiser
Jr Tour Championship

Doug Sanders comes to TFTGS

The First Tee

presented by

Golden State
Collision Repair Centers
A Bodycraft Company
 September 16

Serrano Country Club


  We will also have a fireside reception with 
Doug Sanders,
on Sunday, September 15
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Mercedes Benz of El Dorado Hills

Doug rose from the cotton fields of Georgia to become one of the all-time greatest players on the PGA Tour. Doug knows that winners never make excuses; They just get the job done. Winner of Twenty Championships on the regular PGA Tour

Thank you to our Sponsors


Jr Tour Fundraiser Event

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jr Tour Fundraiser
at The Rocklin Golf Club 
(formerly Sunset Whitney) 
1:00 pm Shotgun  


All the proceeds of this tournament go right back into the TFTGS Jr Tour
 to keep our tour affordable for all the juniors.  This is one of the most fun tournaments of the year, four person Texas Scramble.  Great hole contests, and raffle and auction prices.  You don't want to miss this one. 

FTMembership Campaign 

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Friends Together Campaign depends on your support to provide the programs that turn our youth into tomorrow's leaders - and 100% of your donations and contributions stay in the Sacramento region!

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Thank you Sun City Roseville

TFTGS Jr Tour Championship
This event has been held at Timber Creek for the last 11 years.  Always a great event with all the support of the Sun City Roseville residents.  We had over 225 volunteers, scoring, rules officials, shuttles, cookie and ice cream stations for all the juniors and much more. Thank you again Sun City Roseville for all your support!!  

Congratulations to our overall winners, brother and sister,
David (67) & Emily (73) Laskin
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