February 2014
Vol 2, Issue 2
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

California Eagle Program since 1983

The California Eagles is a golf program for people of all ages with special needs. The program includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis and Attention Deficit Disorder. Participants can also be deaf, blind, or recovering from heart attacks and strokes.


The purpose of the program is to give individuals with special needs the opportunity to learn and enjoy the great game of golf. The goal is to instruct them to play golf well enough so they can play with friends, family and others.


The California Eagles meet from 5:30 to 7:00 pm every Tuesday at Haggin Oaks, and from 5:30 to 7:00 pm every Monday at William Land Park. The program runs from mid-April to mid-September.


In addition to weekly golf instruction there are several tournaments, putting contests and social events. Golf clubs are provided for each athlete. The Eagles also participate in the Special Olympics Northeast Region Golf Tournament at Haggin Oaks. 


Click here for a registration form

The First Tee Scholar - Class of 2014

The First Tee Scholars Program is a distinction awarded to teen participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. 


Congratulations to John Burke, Chad Kubes and Emily Laskin from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento who join a class of 102 scholars designated to the Class of 2014.  


John Burke is a senior at Jesuit High School and has been a member of our chapter for over eight years.  He is a member of our Ace life skills class and participates on the Jr Tour.  John's favorite core value is integrity and he has learned that integrity is essential in all aspects of life.  He has volunteer many hours with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and Top Soccer, a program for young people.  In 2013, he represented our chapter at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.  John looks forward to playing golf in college and majoring in business and finance.  


For the past five years Chad Kubes, a senior at Jesuit High School, has been a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Jr Tour. He has excelled in our program winning the 2012 Player of the Year Award and representing our chapter at the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.  Chad has volunteered his time to our US Kids program and been a life skills coach on the Jr Tour.  Chad plans to attend CSU Stanislaus in the fall where he will play golf and major in computer science.



At the age of eight, Emily Laskin joined The First Tee of Greater Sacramento as a Little Linker.  Since then she has spent ten years as an active participant and attended St. Francis High School.  Emily has been a lead teacher within our life skills program and is Ace level in her life skills.  Emily has volunteered many hours with our chapter, helping as a mentor to younger juniors and at different fundraising events.  In 2012, Emily was a participant at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.  This past year, she attended The First Tee PLAYer Advanced Academy and Auntie Anne's Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum.  Next fall, Emily will attend the United States Naval Academy where she will play golf and is looking at a degree in chemistry or aerospace engineering.   



Through The First Tee Scholars Program, since 2003, more than $1 million in college scholarships have been awarded to teen participants of The First Tee.

Participant Spotlight

Meet Eliana Hellon.  She is 7 years old and has been a participant with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento since October 2013. She participates in the Year Round Program and now is playing tournaments in the US Kids Golf Junior Tour. 


Q & A with Eliana
Favorite Sports are:
Basketball, golf & softball


What is your favorite part about being a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento?

We always have fun!


What is your favorite Core Value?



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

Gracie, Jolie & Kali from Tuesday class.


Favorite color is:


Play League Starts

The Sacramento City Play League is off and running in its second session!  This particular Play League is one that allows children to meet other junior golfers within their age group from different golf courses, as well as have the opportunity to learn how to prepare for a diverse line up of courses.  Coaches have decided to add another set of tee's at each participating golf course and set progression goals for all golfers.  


We have had much success in this, in that participants are now able to recognize more readily the areas of their golf game that need the most improvement.  


To join the play league or for more information click here 

In This Issue
Scholar Class of 2014
Junior Spotlight
Play League
2014 Events

Quick Links

Save The Date
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Events

FT2 Membership Drive
Feb 27th - May 15th

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Photo Contest
March - May

Give Local Now
May 6th

Jr Sr Tournament
June 27th

Little Linkers TOC
August 17th

The First Tee Invitational
August 2014

The Nature Valley
First Tee Open
September 22-28th

Junior Tour Fundraiser
October 18th
Thank you to our Sponsors
Donate to The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Your gift will help us grow our p
rogram in 2014 to reach over 2,100 participants at our local golf courses and to increase our reach in local area schools to over 15,000 children.   




Where are they now?

Alumni of The First Tee

of Greater Sacramento


Beau joined The First Tee in 2004, along with playing on the junior tour he attended the Life Skills 

and Leadership Academy in 2007, played in The First Tee Open in 2007 & 2008 and attended the Future Leaders Forum in 2008.  Since his graduation from our program, he attended San Joaquin Delta College, studying Criminal Justice.  Currently he is a Deputy Sheriff for Sonoma County. 

Beau Zastrow




"I do not play golf as much as I used to, but I love to play when I get the chance."

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