The First Tee

of Lehigh Valley and Berks

Over 325 children were enrolled in eight program locations from Reading to Easton in 2018, including new sites at Olde Homestead Golf Course (New Tripoli ) and Riverview Country Club (Easton).

In addition to the eight-week summer sessions at these venues, spring and fall programs were offered at Manor Golf Club, The Steel Club, Bethlehem Muni Golf Course and the Marvine Center. Our Board President and Sittler PGA Pro Rick Kline ran winter programming at his indoor simulator and hosted a Demo Day in March where twelve participants assisted in the process of equipment selection and interacted with hundreds of local golfers.

Other highlights of the 2018 season include:

Valley Forge Invitational at Ravens Claw in May –

teenage golfers from our chapter followed the professional golfers inside the ropes in their quest to advance from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA. Four of the girls spent time with tournament runnerup Laura Kearns and eventual LPGA qualifier Charlotte Thomas after the trophy presentation.

Moselem Springs Golf Club 50th anniversary of US Women’s Open, July 7 –

over twenty participants interacted with 1968 US Open Champion Susie Maxwell Berning. Susie was gracious with her time, giving individual instruction and helping raise donations with our teenagers.

 Our squad of two teenage girls and two teen boys finished 5th of 11 chapters in the annual Northeast Challenge at Llanerch Country Club in July.

The competition consists of both life skills examination and a golf tournament. Maddie Siuta was the girls medalist in the 13-15 age group. Chapters from Pittsburgh to Met New York were represented.

Twenty representatives of our chapter played golf at the Bill Sugra Memorial golf outing on August 24 at Green Pond.

This tournament honors a young man who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. The children were made aware of the significance of this event.

On Sept 22, seven participants from our Berks program participated in the annual Potato Harvest sponsored by the Fleetwood Rotary Club.

Over 20,000 pounds of potatoes were picked in less than three hours and donated to local food banks. This was our fourth visit

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Nine Core Values

Why is golf different from other sports?

Players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. By participating in The First Tee, youth are introduced to Nine Core Values which are incorporated throughout the program.

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More than a game

85% of alumni say The First Tee helped them become a better student.

At The First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. And it’s making a difference. Our programs are positively impacting youth, their families and their communities.

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Getting started

Who can play?

The First Tee offers group lessons to youth up to age 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Our coaches are trained to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience. All we ask is young people come with an open mind and positive attitude.

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The First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.


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