The First Tee program doesn’t just get kids on the course, it offers them exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of our corporate partners, we host a series of events to our more advanced participants, allowing them to meet new people, play some golf, achieve greatness, and show off our nine core values in action.

Participant OPPORTUNITIES

Coca-Cola America’s Future
This event gives five participants the opportunity to fly to Atlanta for four days, spend the day at the Coca-Cola Company, visit attractions in the heart of downtown and attend the TOUR Championship. Learn More

International Junior Golf Academy
Through a partnership between The First Tee and the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), participants are selected to attend a training at the IJGA in Hilton Head, S.C. This week-long academy is intended for players within the chapter network who want to improve their golf game and get a chance to interact with participants from around the country.

John Deere Drive Your Future Academy
This all-girls event will focus on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.  Applicants will be asked to define the people or circumstances that ‘drive’ them to take on a position of leadership and describe how they plan to apply those principles in their life. The academy will take place in the city of San Francisco, where participants will be immersed in both its historic and modern culture.  TPC Harding Park, site of the 2020 PGA Championship and 2025 President’s Cup, will serve as the host venue. Learn More

John Deere Power for Good Scholarship
Participants will submit a written essay for the opportunity to win a $5,000 college scholarship plus the opportunity to be a VIP guest and pro-am participant at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL. Learn More

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills and Leadership Academy
To develop and educate our participants in multiple aspects such as life skill development through engaging golf activities, college preparatory and dorm living, and career exploration, all while having the opportunity to play championship golf and develop lifelong friendships. Through the week they are inspired to consider how they can return to their chapters and communities and be a leader and role model for other participants. Learn More

Perfect Sense Unified Challenge
The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge will be a President’s Cup team event with golfers from The First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country. In addition to playing two rounds of golf at some of the top courses in the nation’s capital, golfers will also enjoy a welcome banquet, a career exploration day at Perfect Sense, a tour of DC’s monuments and museums, and a final send off at Top Golf! Learn More

PURE Insurance Championship
The PURE Insurance Championship is a premier event intended to showcases the best participants in The First Tee network.  An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula, the tournament pairs one junior with a PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs. Learn More

Wells Fargo Succeeding Together
The Wells Fargo Succeeding Together contest is encouraging teenage participants of The First Tee to showcase the importance of being part of a “Go-To-Team” and working together. Learn More

Participant Recognition

A/B Honor Roll
The First Tee recognizes outstanding academic achievement of all participants through its A/B Honor Roll program. All participants, regardless of age, are eligible for this recognition. At the end of each semester, participants should bring their report card to their chapter. Learn More

The First Tee Scholars Program
The Scholars Program is a distinction awarded to participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. The designation of Scholar brings with it eligibility for scholarship opportunities and national events. Learn More

Kasserian Ingera Scholarship
The First Tee Staff Giving Campaign raises money for The First Tee Scholarship Fund, “Kasserian Ingera” which will provide a scholarship for up to two participants to help fund their education after high school (college, community college, or vocational school).