May 2014
Vol 2, Issue 5
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

23rd Annual Sacramento Jr Sr Championship


d Annual Jr Sr Championship

Friday June 27th, 2014

at Alister MacKenzie at Haggin Oaks 

Always a very fun day

Click here for registration and information   

Spaces are filling up; we have only 15 team spots remaining. 
California Eagles

Point West

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Point West Rotary, for making our California Eagles the beneficiary of their annual golf tournament this year.  It was a great day out at Morgan Creek GC, a few of our Eagles even played in the tournament, and one our juniors, Cameron Champ, amazed everybody with his long drives.  In addition to the golf event, Point West Rotarians have also been long time committed volunteers in the program, coming out each week to help at classes held Mondays at William Land GC & Tuesdays at Haggin Oaks GC.


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.  

Thank you again Point West Rotary for all of your support!

Participant Spotlight

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento would like to introduce junior golfer, Dillon Hanagan from Haggin Oaks.  Dillon enjoys participating in the Play Leagues to improve his golf skills he learns in the Year Round After School Program.  It is not surprising that Dillon's favorite Core Value is "Sportsmanship."  He truly leads by example in our programs at Haggin Oaks and constantly has a smile on his face, no matter the circumstances.  In Dillon's spare time, he plays basketball and is a VERY good actor! 

Q & A with Dillon

How many years have you been playing golf?
5 years

What is your favorite food?

Sushi, but my favorite restaurant is Zocalo


What is your favorite golf course?

Pebble Beach


What is your favorite golf club in your bag?

6 iron


Who would complete your dream foursome?

Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy


The girls join the EWGA for a day

The Executive Women's Golf Association of Sacramento have been long time supporters of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. Each year, they hold the Swing FORE Girls event in which three

EWGA members and their friends pair up with a girl golfer from The First Tee of Greater
 Sacramento for a fun 18 hole competition.This has been a great experience for both the junior & EWGA players, and all look forward to the event each year. Proceeds from the day go to support girl specific programs within the organization, offer golferships for girls who would otherwise be unable to play, and to award one college scholarship annually for a girl graduate of the program.

Thank you EWGA Sacramento, for partnering with us to make a difference in the lives of the young ladies we serve.
Little Linker Play Begins

Little Linkers is a playing program in which children ages 7 to 12 have the opportunity to play nine holes weekly at many of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Program Locations.  This unique program is beneficial for all levels, in that it brings recreational and competitive golf together.  For the first seven weeks of the program, participants have the chance to prepare for the eighth and final week of the season at the Club Championship.  The winners from that event, than have the

privilege of playing the annual "Tournament of Champions," which has been in existence for over 25 years.  This event is rare in that, participants are playing against Little Linkers from other program locations whom they have not met.  As coaches, this is our favorite part of the job because we then get to see The First Tee Life Skills in action along with competitive golf skills.  The Little Linkers Program is offered at 6 of our Program Locations.  For more information and locations click here.

Pee Wee Play League

The Pee Wee Play League is in its second year of existence and we could not be more excited to see our youngsters learn the ins and outs of the course!  This program allows our golfers ages 4 to 6 to play golf in a safe environment without feeling rushed or having to keep up with public play.  After completing the program, 

participants understand the parts of a golf hole, basic rules and etiquette and have a general understanding of how they can begin to apply what they have learned in previous classes to the golf course.   For more information on this program, please click on the course below.   

In This Issue
California Eagles
Junior Spotlight
EWGA Sacramento
Little Linkers
Pee Wee Play League
2014 Events

Quick Links

Save The Date
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Events

at Haggin Oaks GC
Friday, June 27th

Little Linkers TOC
at Haggin Oaks GC
August 17th

10th Annual First Tee Invitational
at Del Paso Country Club 

Home of the 2015 US Senior Open 

September 8th, 2014


The Nature Valley
First Tee Open
September 22-28th

Junior Tour Fundraiser
at The Rocklin Golf Club
October 18th

Where are they now?

Alumni of The First Tee

of Greater Sacramento 

Clare Sorensen

Clare joined The First Tee of Greater Sacramento in 2008. She attended The Nature Valley First Tee Open in 2011 as well as The Life Skills and Leadership Academy and The Advanced PLAYer Academy.  Clare was a member of The First Tee Scholars Class of 2012. 


Clare attended Seattle University for her freshman year of college.  She played on the Seattle U Women's Golf Team, and there had two top 10's in her first year of collegiate golf.  She transferred to the University of San Francisco for her sophomore year.  At USF she is also a member of the Women's Golf Team, and again recorded two top 10's, including a 10th place finish at the West Coast Conference Championship.  Clare was named Academic All Conference for the WCC as well as WCC First Team Honorable Mention.

Clare will be starting her junior year in the fall, and she is pursuing a Finance degree from USF's School of management.  


We are very excited to have her interning with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento this summer. 


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