August 2015
Vol 3, Issue 7

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
The First Tee Invitational

Save the date for the 11th Annual The First Tee Invitational with Honorary Chairman Jay Haas, PGA Tour Professional, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, 17-time champion on the Champions Tour, and a three-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. He will be joining us on November 2nd, for this very special event at Catta Verdera Country Club.

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 17,000 young people annually in the Sacramento area through The Life Skills Experience, The First Tee Nine Core Values and The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits.

24th Annual Sacramento Jr Sr Championship
Michael Mahlberg, Brandon Morton, Logan Lowe, Daniel Gregg
Kylie Fong, Brittany O'Bryant, Kiki Trujillo-Nava, Louie Euer,
Carolyn Almeida (not pictured)
We thank all of our scholarship donors for making possible the scholarship awards provided to our 2015 scholars. In total, $8,500 was awarded to these juniors as they begin their college educations. In addition to the scholarship awards, Daniel Gregg was presented with "Firstee" award to recognize his outstanding community service. 

Awards were handed out after play at our 24th annual Jr Sr Championship on July 31st, at Haggin Oaks. We had some creative teams hoping to win best dressed honors. There was a tie for 1st Place between all American red, white & blue team with Alex Winters, Kyle Escobar, Thomas Coppola & Kellen Arceo and Chisay & Taro Arai sporting Sponge Bob. This year we had several honorable mentions.

It was an excellent event and we THANK the many players & contributors who helped make this such a memorable day!
Sun City Roseville 

For 13th years, juniors from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento have paired with Sun City Roseville residents for the "Hi-Five Event".  Four seniors are paired with one junior in a team format that raises funds for golferships and college scholarships. To date, this effort has raised over $45,000 in funds to support our young people!  We are very grateful for this partnership and appreciate all the continued support from the Sun City Roseville community.

2nd Annual Champ Cup Charity Golf Classic
August 12th was such a special day when The Champ Family gave back to the program that their children have been a part of many years!

The 2nd Annual Champ Cup Charity Golf Classic, held at Morgan Creek Golf Club, was a huge success and benefited The First Tee of Greater Sacramento's National School Program & provided scholarship funding for the following recipients: 

The Charlene V. Ramos Memorial Scholarship - Kiki Trujillo-Nava
The Lulu Champ Memorial Scholarship - Louie Euer
The Bob & Marilyn Hughes Scholarship - Andrew Knight

Again, we would truly like to thank 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.

Champ Family: Madison, Grandpa Mack, Lisa, Cameron & Jeff 

Participant Spotlight

Meet Grace Smith, who has been with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento at Bing Maloney for the past two years. Grace started golfing at the age of seven and is now participating in the U.S. Kids Golf Tour. Her favorite thing about The First Tee is having fun playing golf with all her friends.

If you could play golf with any three people, who would you play with? Jaden, Dylan and Megan

What is your favorite Core Value? Sportsmanship

What is your favorite food and why? My favorite food would be Pizza because it tastes good.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for? I would wish for a trophy, to be a professional and billion dollars.

Little Linkers TOC
On August 23rd, 42 juniors ages 7-12 competed 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, Little Linkers has been a 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 five area golf courses: 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 7 players scoring below par. Our overall boys champion was Zachery Pollo age 10 with a 32 and Kaylyn Noh age 11 with a 36.


Changing kids lives through the game of golf!

In This Issue
Jay Haas visits The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Jr Sr Championship
Sun City Roseville
2nd Annual Champ Charity Cup
Participant Spotlight
Little Linkers TOC
Save The Date
Hole in One
Janie Bucher

Quick Links

Save The Date
2015 Events

Nature Valley First Tee Open
at Pebble Beach
September 22-27th
Bus Trip Saturday 26th

The Junior Tour Fundraiser
at Turkey Creek GC
October 18, 2015
The First Tee Invitational
at Catta Verdera
November 2, 2015

Hole in One

DJ Ekkelboom got his first hole in one at the Arcade Creek Course -Haggin Oaks during Junior Linkers Play League, from 62 yards with his sand wedge.

His favorite core value is Sportsmanship because it does not matter who wins or loses as long as he can play the game with his other team mates and it is enjoyable. 

Where are they now?

Alumni of The First Tee

of Greater Sacramento



Hannah Gregg graduated from Placer High School in 2013; she was a very active member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento.

Hannah volunteered for The First Tee junior program at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, later becoming a junior teacher there and assisting in Summer Junior Camps.  She also received the distinction of The First Tee Scholars - Class of 2013.


After graduating from Placer, Hannah signed a golf scholarship to play at Sonoma State University and is majoring in Psychology. Hannah played in 10 events of the Seawolves season with an average of 76.75 and also helped her team reach the NCAA National Championships in Allendale, Michigan. Hannah's best finish was T4,  in an a tournament with a score of 69 in the first round.


In the 2015-2016 year, Hannah has transferred to play golf on scholarship at the University of Nevada Reno. She will begin her junior year at Nevada with her younger brother Daniel, who is also receiving a golf scholarship to attend UNR. Hannah is very excited to play Division I golf and thanks The First Tee of Greater Sacramento for helping instill her love of the game and helping prepare her to pursue her dreams. 


Congratulations Janie Bucher
Janie Bucher, Director of the California Eagles with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, received the 
2014 Sports Volunteer of the Year, Special Olympics Northern California. 

Last year Bucher was quoted as saying she's fallen in love with all of the athletes. "It makes my life worthwhile," she says. "I learn more from them than they ever learn from me."

Janie has done an outstanding job with the California Eagles Program and we appreciate her many years of volunteering with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. Congratulations Janie and thank you!
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