February 2015
Vol 3, Issue 2
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Congratulations Ken Morton Sr.
On February 10th, during the star studded AT&T week at Pebble Beach, the California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association inducted golf pro Ken Morton Sr. into the California Golf Hall of Fame.  In 1983, Ken founded SAY-Golf which is today called The First Tee of Greater Sacramento.  He was the President from 1983 to 2001 and was an officer until 2006, when he became an Emeritus Board Member.

We do not know anyone who is more deserving of this recognition. Ken started from very humble beginnings, working as a caddie at age 11 and worked his way up to build a lifelong career in the golf industry. Being inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame shows that perseverance and hard work do get recognized. Ken you continue to be a outstanding mentor for all of our participants, Congratulations!"

The First Tee Scholar  - Class of 2015
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 Kylie Fong, Daniel Gregg and Logan Lowe from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento who join a class of 113 scholars designated to the Class of 2015.

Fong, a senior at Franklin High School, in Elk Grove, 18 years old, has been a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento for the last 10 years. She volunteers as a junior coach at William Land Park  Program Location where she took her first swing and learned her first life skill. Golf has always been important to Kylie but her education is also a priority. She maintains a 4.50 GPA, and is involved in California Scholarship Federation and plays on her high school golf team, were she has been named Franklin High School Women's Golf MVP for 4 years.  She is the first girl at Franklin High School to ever receive a golf scholarship; Kylie will be attending Grand Canyon University in the fall. 


Gregg, a senior at Placer High School in Auburn, is 17 years old and lives in Cool, California. He has been a part of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento since 2008. He currently maintains a 3.2 GPA and he has happily volunteered as a coach with the California Eagles every year since 2013. As a member of the Placer High Varsity Men's Golf team, he was named as the Team Captain, as well as 3 time PVL All League honors and was named PVL League MVP in 2013. Daniel will be attending University of Nevada Reno in the fall.


Lowe, a senior at Nevada Union High School, 17 years old and a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento since 2008. He has been enrolled in the Humanities Academy since his freshman year and has maintained a 4.67 GPA. Logan is proud to have volunteered every summer, since he was 9 years old, as a junior 
assistant at the junior golf camp held at his local golf course, Alta Sierra Country Club.  As a member of the Nevada Union High School Varsity team he has earned Letter Honors 3rd year, SFL All-League Honors 3rd year, SFL League MVP 2013/14, Nevada Union High School Men's Varsity Golf Team MVP 2013/14. Logan will be attending George Washington University in the fall. 

Participant Spotlight

Meet Lauren Rubi, who has been with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento at Bing Maloney for the past year. Lauren started golfing at the age of eight years old. She is currently participating in the Saturday practice and play program. Lauren's favorite thing about The First Tee is having fun playing golf with all her friends and riding in the golf cart.


Q & A Lauren

Who is your favorite Golfer? Stacy Lewis

If you could play with any three people, who would you play with? Noah, Tavia, Olivia

What is your favorite core value? Courtesy

What do you like doing when you're not playing golf?  Making looms


FREE Girls Golf Clinics 

Our FREE Girls Golf Clinics are a great way for young ladies ages 9 to 17 to meet new friends, become familiar with ways to get involved with the game and learn in an environment that is friendly, fun and educational.  Much of the clinics will be geared toward the "Three Pillars" of the junior golf programs at our city golf courses; golf skills, athletic movements and The First Tee Nine Core Values™. 


The First Tee Nine Core Values™ are integrated seamlessly within all of the stations and discussed in a way in which covers many aspects of life.  Both the golf skills and athletic movements are set up in a station or circuit like way, so that all golfers are constantly staying active. 


Each clinic will be held at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, on the Academy Holes (located at the back of the driving range).   Dates are as follows: 

March 7th,  April 11th and May 2nd

1:00pm to 2:00pm

2015 U.S. Senior Open
2014 Junior Tour Players of the Year
Congratulations to the following players on the Junior Tour for being the top points leaders of 2014, Paramdeep Sodhi (Boys 12-13), Trey Davis (Boys 14-15), Louie Euer (Boys 16-18), Hailey Rietz (Girls 12-14) and Nicole Schroeder (Girls 15-18).  Each one received points throughout the year for not only their success on the course but for attending The First Tee Life Skills Education classes.  At the awards banquet held this month they spoke about the core value they used most this year to help them become the player of the year.   
Hailey, Trey, Paramdeep and Nicole

Purchase logoed shirts and more!
You can now purchase merchandise with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento's logo on it.  We have teamed up with Planet Pro Shop, and you can purchase hats, shirts, golf balls and more.  15% of every single order goes directly to The First Tee of Greater Sacramento chapter!

Save 20% by using coupon code FTSAC 20

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 Scholar
Participant Junior Spotlight
FREE Girls Golf Clinics
2015 U.S. Senior Open
2014 Players of the Year
Logoed Merchandise
Save The Date
Bill Gould

Quick Links

Save The Date
2015 Events

Friends Together Campaign
Kicks off March 5th

Festival for Kids
Cal Expo
April 11 & 12th 

Golf Expo
at Haggin Oaks
April 24, 25 & 26

BIG Day of Giving
May 5, 2015

U.S. Senior Open
June 22-28th
Del Paso Country Club 

Jr Sr Championship Tournament
at Haggin Oaks 
July 31st

Congratulations Bill Gould

Bill Gould received the 2014 WGANC Outstanding Achievement Award for

recognition of his past and continuing support of junior girls golf.  Bill has been a long time champion of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento.


For the past 12 years, Bill has led a team of captains in coordinating over 200 volunteers at our annual Junior Tour Championship.  This is a major event, made very special by Bill's leadership and all of the wonderful residents at Sun City Roseville.  In addition, Bill created the Hi-Five event in 2006, in which four seniors are paired with one junior each July in a team format that raises funds for golferships and college scholarships. To date this effort has raised over $40,000 in funds to support our young people. 

Congratulations again Bill on this well-deserved honor! We thank you for all of the continued support from you and the residents of Sun City Roseville. 

Where are they now?
Alumni of The First Tee
of Greater Sacramento

Taryn Yee

Alumna Taryn Yee, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, had another incredible opportunity to share her story at the
CBS Reception at Pebble Beach during the AT&T National Pro-Am tournament week.


"It was so exciting and such an honor to speak again on behalf of The First Tee, with Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Scott Langley, and Jimmy Walker.  It was a pleasure to see Tim Finchem, Laura Orlen, and Jen Weiler again at the event, as well.  Before the reception, I also did an interview taping on the 18th hole for CBS and The First Tee.  Furthermore, I will be featured as the alumni spotlight for The First Tee's annual review!"


Taryn started with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento in 2002 at the age of 10 and graduated with the distinction as a The First Tee Scholar in 2010. As a participant in our chapter, she was introduced to the game of golf through the Little Linkers, LPGA-USGA Girl's Golf Program, and Junior Tour. Taryn successfully completed The First Tee Life Skills Experience Ace-level certification and utilized these skills to coach juniors enrolled in the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program, mentor and teach the life skills  to fellow participants, actively participate on the Junior Committee, and gave back to the community through volunteer work. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento not only developed her golf ability, but also taught her valuable life skills and core values, encouraged her to reach out to the community through volunteer work, and prepared her for future endeavors. 


Hole in One

Dylan Van Ostrand got his THIRD hole in one on this month in the rain on the Bing Maloney Express 9, Hole #2, 65 yards using his sand wedge.  


Dylan has been a participant since 2009 and is currently at the Eagle life skill level.  He has also been recognized as a The First Tee A/B Honor Roll member 4 times. 

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