July 2014
Vol 2, Issue 7
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
2014 The First Tee Invitational

We are very excited to announce our Honorary Chairman for this year, Sacramento's very own Kevin Sutherland, PGA Tour Professional, will be joining 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.

Registration is now open, please click here for more information

 Pat Campbell Jr. Championship

For the past fourteen years, participants from the Jr Tour have been selected to play in the Pat Campbell Team Match Play Championship.   This year, two ten-person teams were made up from our five age groups based on scoring average and event participation.  The Pat Campbell event, named for our original Jr Tour director, gives our players the chance to play golf on a team and in a match play format, both rarities in golf.


Congratulations to all of those players selected to play in this year's tournament; it was a great success with excellent golf, good competition and lots of fun and laughter.  


                 Click here to see more photos from the event

Participant Spotlight

Meet Nicole Staggs she is 9 years old and has been a participant of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento for 3 years. She participates in Saturday class, and represented William Land Park in the PGA Play League.


Q & A with Nicole

How many years have you been playing golf?

3 years

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite golf course?

William Land Park and I hope to play Pebble Beach one day

What is your favorite golf club in your bag?


Who would complete your dream foursome?

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Michelle Wie

What do you like most about The First Tee of Greater Sacramento?

We get to do fun stuff and learn how to be a better golfer and person. 

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people. The healthy habits are a list of nine health and wellness topics presented as a part The First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants. 


They are broken into three categories: Physical, Emotional and Social.  Within the Physical category, the three Healthy Habits that are highlighted are: Energy, Play and Safety.  All three are important for a child's growth and development year round, however during the summer months children tend to be more physically active. 

When we take a closer look at the three Healthy Habits listed above (Energy, Play and Safety), we can see the importance of them throughout life, but also in golf.  Walking 18 holes can very stressful on the body, especially during heat; which is why it is so very important that we make sure our body has enough Energy to finish the round without being exhausted at the end.  Some ways in which we can prepare to have enough energy on the course are making sure we get enough sleep the night before, eat the proper foods before the round, eat proper foods during the round and after the round as well.  It is also a good idea for our older participants to work out on a weekly basis, this will them to maintain their energy while on the course. 

The concept of Play comes across as somewhat out of the box,

however the importance of it is extremely high.  When children are simply playing with their friends and participating in different physical games and movements, they are developing hand-eye coordination, speed, rotation skills and other movements that cannot be taught.  All of the elements listed above are very important in building an overall athlete and golfer.  With the idea of Play, Safety also comes to mind.  It is important that children learn the meaning of safety at a young age.  Being safe in terms of preparing your body correctly for

Annika Sorenstam

golf and also being safe in day to day life are important.


All of The Nine Healthy Habits have a traditional meaning in which we all know and understand.  However it is the goal of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento to help our participants to understand the deeper meaning and why each of them are so important in golf, but more importantly in everyday life.

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

In This Issue
The First Tee Invitational
Junior Spotlight
Nine Healthy Habits
2014 Events
Nature Valley First Tee Open

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


The Nature Valley
First Tee Open
September 22-28th
Bus trip for participants on the 27th

Junior Tour Fundraiser
at The Rocklin Golf Club
October 18th

US Senior Open
June 22-28th
Del Paso Country Club 

Where are they now?

Alumni of The First Tee

of Greater Sacramento 

Sara Scarlett was deeply involved in The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Chapter.  She attended several national events such as The First Tee Coca Cola America's Future Forum in 2012, The 2013 First Tee Outstanding Participant Summit, and The 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open.  Sara also received recognition through The First Tee such as being a Wells Fargo "Succeeding Together" finalist, a The First Tee Scholar class of 2013 member and a recipient of the 2013 The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Community First Award.


Sara is currently entering her sophomore year at the University of Texas, where she is a member of the Women's Golf Team.  Sara competed as an individual in three events and carded a season-low 71 in the final round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational where she earned a season-best tie for 40th place.  Off the golf course Sara earned Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2013, Spring 2014).  

Nature Valley First Tee Open
TFT Open
Sept 23-28, 2014 
Pebble Beach, California  

Today's Legends
Tomorrow's Leaders 
 Juniors selected from across

the country to compete on
Pebble Beach Golf Links. 

The legends of the game
from the Champions Tour 
as their mentors. 

A once in a lifetime experience.

Come out and support The First Tee of Greater Sacramento participating juniors 
Bryan Baumgarten, Kylie Fong,
Logan Lowe, Michael Mahlberg and Brittany O'Bryant


The First Tee of Greater Sacramento will have a bus trip to Pebble Beach on Saturday 27th.

More details coming soon. 

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


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