Heading into its 16th year, there are 189 chapters and approximately 750 programming locations spanning all 50 U.S. states and select international locations. First Tee is available to all children 7 to 17 years of ages. Cost is $25 per eight week session. However, scholarships are available.
According to Martin the local First Tee chapter began in 2003 with The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City at James E. Stewart Golf Course. They began with 75 inner city students.
Since then , First Tee programming is delivered at Lake Hefner Golf Course, Earlywine Park Golf Course, First Tee Facility, Kickingbird Golf Course, Fairfax Golf Course, John Conrad Golf Course and Westwood Golf Course.
Westwood's David & Cheryl Lisle were recently named Chesapeake Energy Community All-Stars for their work with The First Tee, and their efforts to help bring the national program to the Norman Public School District's 17 elementary schools.
“Our best marketing tool is referral by parents and families of First Tee,” Martin said. “The greatest challenge is making the community - perspective parents and students aware of the program. Program information is provided through media outlets, schools, First Tee events, special stories.”
One of those events includes the “The First Tee Training Program” at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy Hilton Head Island, S.C. According to officials, it's the only academy in the world to provide training, academics and competition for serious junior golfers. During the program, The First Tee golfers receive world-class instruction in full swing, short game, course management, mental preparation, fitness training and even college placement services.
Brennan and Bryce Fanning were nominated by the local chapter to attend the Hank Haney academy June 3-9. They were joined by 50 other participants representing 40 chapters across the U.S., which took place earlier this year. They have also taken part in the First Tee's Life Skills and Leadership Academy.