June 2014
Vol 2, Issue 6
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
23rd Annual Jr Sr Championship
Victoria Vardanega, Emily Laskin, John Burke and Chad Kubes (not pictured)

We thank all of our scholarship donors for making possible the scholarship awards provided to our 2014 scholars. In total, $7,000 was awarded to these juniors as they begin their college educations. In addition to the scholarship awards, both Cameron Champ and Brittany O'Bryant were presented with "Firstee" awards to recognize their outstanding community service.  


Awards were handed out after play at our 23rd annual Jr Sr Championship on June 27th, at Haggin Oaks.  We had several teams hoping to win best dressed honors, but the team of teams, 

Chisay & Taro Arai claimed the prize with their pink and black ensembles.  It was an excellent event and we thank the many players and contributors who helped make this such a memorable day!    


 Click here to see more photos from the event

2014 The First Tee Invitational

Please join us, on September 8th  as we celebrate our 10th year.  We look forward to this very special event at Del Paso Country Club, the site of the 2015 U.S. Senior Open.

We are very thankful for the long time success of this event.  As a result of your support, we have been able to expand the programs of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento to now positively impact over 10,000 young people in the Sacramento area through The Life Skills Experience, The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits.

For more information click here

The First Tee National Opportunities

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento has 5 participants who have been selected for The First Tee National Opportunities. These juniors are selected from over 200 chapters of The First Tee across the nation.  



Noor Ahmed and Louie Euerattended "The First Tee Training Program" at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (Hank Haney IJGA) on Hilton Head Island, S.C. In 2010, The First Tee and Hank Haney IJGA formed a partnership to further promote youth development through the game of golf.  Participants in the Academy  receive instruction on all aspects of the game from Hank Haney IJGA


The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy

Kylie FongMichael Mahlberg have been selected to attend The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in San Diego, July 23-29.


This Academy staged by The First Tee home office and hosted by The First Tee of San Diego, Sycuan Golf Resort & San Diego State


University,  provides participants valuable character education & leadership instruction 

during the week-long event. Participants will


have the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leader in their chapters, schools, and communities while experiencing

championship golf career and dorm living

The First Tee PLAYer Advanced Academy

John Burke, will be attending The First Tee PLAYer Advanced Academy, in Richmond, VR. John is among 24 participants of The First Tee, ages 15-18, selected to participate in the academy.   


The First Tee PLAYer Academy is a unique opportunity for participants within the network that are interested in pursuing collegiate golf. Participants will receive life skills and golf instruction from The First Tee Coaches and special guest speakers to help improve their chances to compete at a higher lever athletically & academically.  

Participant Spotlight

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento would like to introduce junior golfer, Connor Gaymon from Empire Ranch (Will Robins Golf) a program location of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento.  He is 17 years old and currently attending Oak Ridge High School and playing for the golf team.  He has been attending Will Robins Golf at Empire Ranch and playing on The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour for 5 years.


Q & A with Connor

What is your dream foursome? 

Jordan Spieth, David Feherty, Charles Barkley, Bubba Watson


If a song was played at the first tee box, what song would be played for you? 

Hall of Fame by the Script


What is your favorite Core Value and Why?

Perseverance.  It is what keeps me going after some hard times and even gives me more confidence. 


Who would you love to invite over to dinner (deceased or alive) and why?

Isaac Sanchez.  He is a good friend of mine who has played on the Big Break a couple times and even won the 2nd one!  He is one of my biggest idols because of that.


What has been your greatest hurdle to overcome in golf?

My greatest hurdle to overcome came about a year ago.  In the middle of last summer I was struggling with my iron play for quite a while.  After going to a couple other coaches, my game got even worse to the point where I couldn't break 80 for a month.  I had gotten too lost in swing mechanics and my mental game was suffering as a result.  My game couldn't handle all the technical instructions.  I went back to Will Robins at the beginning of this year and within 3 weeks I was shooting under par!  I even shot a 67 at Cameron Park recently!!

Thank you to our Sponsors
In This Issue
The First Tee Invitational
National Opportunites
Life Skills & Leadership Academy
PLAYer Academy
Junior Spotlight
2014 Events
National Schools Program

Quick Links

Save The Date

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Events

Little Linkers TOC

at Haggin Oaks GC
August 17th

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 

Jarrett Link

Jarrett was on The First Tee A/B Honor Roll from 2007-2010.  He also was selected a National RBS Achievers of the Year award finalist in 2009.


Jarett plays golf now and again when time permits. He worked for the men's and women's golf teams his first two years at Duke, before starting a Fellowship in tissue regeneration.  He met excellent players and saw the high level of intensity needed to compete at the college level.

He just graduated from Duke University and is currently touring Europe for 5 weeks. This fall, Jarrett will begin his PhD at UC Davis in the fall of 2014 in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate School and looks forward to continuing work on tissue regeneration.   

Bringing Golf into Schools

The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes. This school golf program creates an environment where young people are introduced to the lifelong sport while learning the basic golf motor skills and the inherent values of the game. 
Currently The First Tee of Greater Sacramento has introduced the program to more than 15 elementary schools in the Sacramento Unified School and Galt School Districts reaching over 8,000 students.  We are expanding this program to reach over 15,000 students in the 2014-2015 school year. 
Program Objectives 

Provide a complete golf program appropriate for today's elementary school physical education students and teachers

Enable physical educators to introduce golf consistent with national standards developed by NASPE

Develop student appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game with each lesson

Engage students in daily lesson activities that lead to motor skill development

Present golf to students as a lifelong recreation and physical fitness activity  

For more information about how to bring golf to your area elementary school or to inquire about funding this outreach program, please contact us.


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Our mission:

To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf

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3649 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
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