August 2014
Vol 2, Issue 8
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
1st Annual Cameron Champ Charity Golf Classic

August 4th was such a special day when Alum Cameron Champ gave back to the program that has given him so much!


The 1st Annual Cameron Champ Charity Golf Classic, held at Rocklin Golf Club, was a huge success and benefited The First Tee of Greater Sacramento's National School Program.  The

 proceeds from this tournament will allow us to expand the program to reach an additional 5,000 students each year in the greater Sacramento area.  

We would truly like to thank Cameron, Jeff and the entire Champ Family, along with all the sponsors and players in this year's tournament, for giving back to The First Tee of Greater Sacramento.  

Click here to see photos of the event

2014 The First Tee Invitational
The event will kick off Sunday, September 7th at 4:30 pm at Cafeteria 15L, with a VIP Reception including a fireside chat with Kevin Sutherland; tickets are still available at  $75 per person. It is anticipated he will discuss his career, becoming the first Champions Tour player to shoot 59 as well as talking about the upcoming 2015 U. S. Senior Open at Del Paso CC.
Photo courtesy of Chris Condon/PGA Tour
On Monday, September 8th at Del Paso Country Club, players and sponsors will attend an 11:15 clinic by Sutherland, followed by a tournament shotgun start at Noon, and a few sponsorship and individual slots remain for the tournament.


Presented this year by Kaiser Permanente with generous support from founding sponsor Mackie, Wiegand & Dormer, The First Tee Invitational offers a wonderful day of golf, business networking, and friendly competition at a world-class venue.   

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

Participant Spotlight

Meet Madison Hull, who has been with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento at Bing Maloney for the past two years. She is 8 years old and a member of the Year Round After School Program and foot golf league. Madison's favorite thing about The First Tee is meeting new friends, having awesome coaches and having fun.


Q & A with Madison
If you could play golf with anyone who would it be?

Coach Atlee


What is your favorite subject?



If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

Washington D.C.


What school do you attend?

Pony Express Elementary


If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

I could live at the beach, didn't have dyslexia and help people that are hungry.


Nature Valley First Tee Open

TFT Open
Sept 23-28, 2014

Pebble Beach, California  

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento is sending

Bryan Baumgarten, Kylie Fong, Logan Lowe,

Michael Mahlberg and Brittany O'Bryant 

to compete in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be held September 26-28 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.


Baumgarten, Fong, Lowe, Mahlberg and O'Bryant will join 76 other participants from The First Tee chapters for the event, which is in its 11th year.  Juniors were selected by a national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. More than 150 applications were submitted. 


The First Tee of Greater Sacramento will have a bus trip to Pebble Beach on Saturday 27th, come and support our local juniors.  More details coming soon.

Little Linkers TOC
On August 17th, at Haggin Oaks, 51 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. 

Little Linkers is an eight-week competitive playing program for boys and girls ages 7-12 years old.  Since its inception, in 1983, the Little Linkers has been 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 courses: Ancil Hoffman, Bing Maloney, Diamond Oaks, Haggin Oaks, William Land and Woodcreek. 


Congratulations to all of the players for making it into the the tournament of champions.  The little linkers played nine holes, with 16 players scoring below par.  Our overall boys champion was Brian Lee age 12 with a 31 and Sarah Rietz age 10 with a 33. 


Click here to see more pictures from the event

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits

As summer quickly comes to an end and our junior golfers are gearing up for school, it is only natural for The Program Locations of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento to focus in on the three "Emotional" Nine Healthy Habits, which are: Vision, Mind and Family.  It is our goal to help all of our young people to grow and become the adult that they wish to be. 


As the fresh new school year starts, we want our participants to have a clear "Vision" of where they want to be at the end of this school year.  Are they setting goals and making a complete goal ladder to help them make this vision a reality?  Do they have the correct go-to team around them to hold them to this vision?  These are just a couple of questions that coaches, friends and families can be asking our youth as they are moving through the year.


The Healthy Habit, Mind, is one in which may be considered as the most powerful.  Our minds have the ability to influence our emotions, behaviors and can truly make a difference in our self-improvement, building confidence and maintaining perspective on the day to day challenges that each one of us face.  Golf is hopefully something that helps each one of our juniors to keep a healthy mind.  It is our goal at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento that our participants are learning to love the game; that it becomes something that helps them to stay positive, appreciate others and understand that we as individuals have the ability to make our lives whatever we choose.


Family is something that cannot be replaced...not only immediate, but also the families we create along the way.  We at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento consider ourselves a family, in that we do want to create life long memories with our participants, we hope that all Program Locations feel like a home away from home for both parents and our junior golfers and we want our young people to know that all coaches are here to help them in whatever path they chose.

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
Save The Date

Quick Links

Save The Date
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Events

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

at The Rocklin Golf Club
October 18th

The First Tee at the Sacramento Kings
March 2015

BIG Day of Giving
May 5, 2015

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jr Tour Fundraiser

at The Rocklin Golf Club


All the proceeds of this tournament benefit The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Jr Tour to keep our tour affordable for all the juniors.  This is one of the most fun tournaments of the year!  A four person Texas Scramble, with teams of adults, juniors or mixed.  Great hole contests, and raffle and auction prices.  You don't want to miss this one.

Click here for Jr Tour Fundraiser information & to register


Where are they now?

Alumni of The First Tee

of Greater Sacramento 

Austin Smotherman graduated from Del Oro High school in 2012, after being a very active member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento for many years.  In 2011, he won the Core Value Award, nominated by his peers on the junior tour and in 2009 & 2010 played in The First Tee Open.  He also received the distinction of The First Tee Scholars - Class of 2012. 

Austin is now attending Southern Methodist University (SMU) and is a rising junior on their Men's golf team.  He is studying Advertising with a minor in Sports Management.  Upon returning to the lineup in the first tournament of the spring after an early injury, Austin took 12th and was back on track. He says school and golf are difficult, but the process has been made easier with the discipline and guidelines that The First Tee taught him.


This summer, Austin fired a 65 in the final round to finish top amateur and 6th overall at the Texas State Open. He made a big move up the leaderboard making one eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys finishing the Championship with rounds of 72-68-70-65-275, 12-under par. He was one of seven amateurs to make the cut. 


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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