First Tee youth golf program coming to Boston



For the first time, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Massachusetts Golf Association (MGA) are teaming up to offer young people (ages 6 to 17) an opportunity to participate in the First Tee of Massachusetts junior golf program at the William Devine Golf Course in Franklin Park.


Taught by PGA professionals, the sessions will begin July 6 and end the week of August 17, Monday throughThursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (for 6 to 11-year-olds) and 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon (for 12 to 17-year-olds). The program is free to Boston residents.  Non-residents are welcome to enroll for a fee of $75.


The First Tee, an international youth development organization, introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to young people.  Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown into a robust youth service organization, impacting the lives of more than 9 million young people and exposing them to core values and life skills.  The First Tee of Massachusetts was established in 2003 in hopes of bringing the game of golf to the Bay State’s underprivileged and at-risk youth.


Participants progress through a series of golf lessons, and are introduced to the different aspects of a golf course including the green, tee, fairway, rough, bunkers, and water hazards.  They are also shown the basic elements of the game of golf and the swing, including distance and accuracy control, course management, how to score, pace of play, and proper, grip, stance, and posture.


On-course play takes place from week two through week seven.  In addition to golf, participants are introduced to the nine core values inherent to the game including honesty, integrity, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, sportsmanship, judgment, respect, and courtesy.


With regards to life skills, the program helps participants become comfortable with introducing themselves to others, meeting new people, learning something new, setting goals, and properly managing conflict. These skills are useful for the participants both on and off the golf course.


To register and learn more information, please visit www.thefirstteemass.org.

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