The Moore American

July 31, 2013

First Tee looking to grow

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

MOORE — First Tee National School is being introduced in metro Oklahoma City. For a single fee per school site, equipment, a 19 curricula plan, training for physical education teachers, and equipment is provided. 

Four schools in Oklahoma City were approved sites in the spring of 2013 and will fully implement the program in the fall. A group of investors in Norman are providing the funds for all Norman Elementary Schools to implement the National School Program during the 2013-14 school year.  Equipment will be shared between schools but all schools physical education instructors will be trained and provided the curricula guide. 

First Tee officicials want to see the NSP program reach other metro school districts. It's a model to expose students to the life skills education, healthy habits and transition them into the certifying program taught at the various program sites.

They want to expand our certifying program and fully implement the USGA/LPGA Girls program and the Boys program. According to Debi Martin, “growth must be managed in a way to insure maximum impact to students in the program. Additional playing opportunities are important to those students who want to fine tune their golf skills, more competitive play as well.”

The First Tee Home School program is taught in the spring and fall sessions at Hefner,  Fairfax, First Tee and Westwood. Additional students are needed at these program sites.

The First Tee Junior Program is an eight-week sessions will be taught Wednesdays, beginning September 15. Classes begin at 5 p.m. and will end at 6 p.m. for entry-level players. For certified players, the par level will end at 6:30 p.m. and the birdie level will end at 7 p.m. Classes will be taught by PGA and LPGA certified teachers and volunteers from the Men's Association of Norman.

For more information, or to register call 820-7327 or go to www.thefirstteemetokc.org or call the Westwood Pro Shop at 292-9700 and ask for David Lisle. Or call the Earlywine Parl Golf Course at 691-1727 and ask for Cliff Watson.