The First Tee of The Piney Woods of Longview is starting the Fall 2019 Programs.

The First Tee is a Life Skills Programs for youth ages 7 and up

With more than 1,200 locations in the U.S. and several other countries, First Tee uses golf to teach youth ages 7 to 18 life lessons and leadership skills. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

Register for Fall programs at: www.thefirstteepineywoods.org.

Program locations are Alpine Target Golf in Longview, The Challenge at Oak Forest, Lake Cherokee, Oaklawn Golf Course in Marshall, and The Tempest Golf Club in Gladewater.

Each program consists of 12 hours of coaching. This is broken down into a 2 hour session weekly for 6 weeks. The cost is only $85 for the six week program. The First Tee will never turn away a child from enrolling in a program due to financial concerns.

The first week of programs start the week of September 9th. The first Saturday classes start September 14th.

THE FIRST TEE - A YOUTH PROGRAM UNLIKE ANY OTHER

First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, kids and teens will learn life skills including:

• Making proper introductions

• Managing emotions

• Resolving conflicts

• Setting up step-by-step goals

• Planning for the future

• Appreciating diversity

ADVANCING THROUGH THE PROGRAM

From age 7 through 18, youth progress through levels by demonstrating First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of First Tee is completing Ace.

• PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee it up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct.

• Par – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.

• Birdie – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.

• Eagle – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.

• Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.