Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

Participant Opportunities

National Opportunities

First Tee 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 for our participants, allowing them to meet new people, play some golf,  and achieve greatness. Descriptions are listed in the dropdown boxes below.

National Golf, Leadership, & Academic Opportunities

First Tee College Scholarship Program

The Scholar Program is designed to provide further support, life skill development and mentorship of our alumni through their journey. Higher education continues to be a critical factor in unlocking opportunities for young people to thrive, and First Tee is committed to their success. Application period is Jan 1 – March 1. 2022 Class Announced May 31, 2022.

First Tee Future Entrepreneurs Presented by Wells Fargo | May 3-5

This inaugural program celebrates promising First Tee participants/alumni accepted into or from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), who’s interests are around business or entrepreneurial field of study; providing them with an opportunity for mentorship, networking, personal and professional development.

John Deere Drive Your Future Academy | June 6-10
This all-girls event focuses on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.

John Deere Power For Good Contest | June 27-July 1
Participants submit a written essay about how they are a ‘Power for Good’ through service in their local communities. Three essay applicants will each receive an enriching learning experience at the John Deere Classic and a financial contribution to assist with their future educational endeavors.

First Tee National Championship | June 28-July 1
The First Tee National Championship will be held at the University of Notre Dame, bringing together First Tee’s elite players for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play at the collegiate or next level.

Participant Advisory Council | July 11-13
First Tee participants will represent their chapter and others at Participant Advisory Council meetings and give honest and professional counsel to Headquarters on various agenda topics.  Contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr | July 19-23
Participants selected to attend this five-day learning and empowerment academy will participate in important conversations around issues of identity, racism, diversity, equity and inclusion. The academy builds throughout the week into a final outreach project in collaboration with DE&I leadership in the local host community.

Corporate Connect in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company | August 24-27
Five semifinalists are selected to spend two days in the heart of downtown Atlanta visiting the Coca-Cola headquarters, networking with a young professional panel, and taking part in interviews with Coca-Cola senior staff members to determine the winner of $5,000 that the teen may use towards their future educational endeavors. The four additional runners-up will each receive $1,000 towards their educational plans. The teens will also experience VIP access during the TOUR Championship at the historic East Lake Golf Club.

PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee | September 20-25
An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the tournament pairs top participants from First Tee with a PGA TOUR Champions player and amateurs. To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf ability and their knowledge of the First Tee life skills curriculum. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel.

First Tee Innovators Forum | November 16-19
The Innovators Forum sets to empower First Tee teens to develop a meaningful service project in their communities focusing on raising awareness on global issues focusing on education, health, and sustainability.

Local Opportunities

In addition to National Opportunities from First Tee HQ, First Tee – GCNKY offers local opportunities for our participants to explore and get involved in golf, in First Tee, and in the community. It is the best way to improve your golf skills and put your life skills to work.

Rita S. Metcalfe Scholarship Benefitting First Tee – GCNKY

Thanks to the generosity of Taylor Metcalfe (prior board member) and his family, each fall seniors are encouraged to apply for the Rita S. Metcalfe Scholarship benefitting First Tee – GCNKY. Taylor’s late wife, Rita, was an avid golfer and advocate for the youth in our community. Established in 2018, Rita’s memory lives on with the 19 First Tee seniors who have been awarded this scholarship.

Handicap Index

Establishing a handicap index allows all golfers to compete fairly and equitably. All First Tee – GCNKY students playing regularly, especially those interested in tournaments and competitions, should establish a handicap index.

Because First Tee-GCNKY is a member club of the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association, First Tee participants, alumni, coaches and volunteers are welcome to join. This is free to active coaches and students who are Birdie, Eagle or Ace levels. Click HERE to sign up!

Become a Caddie!

Caddying is a great summer job and a part of golf’s heritage. There are many clubs around the Cincinnati area hiring caddies. Click here for a list of clubs and for more information. We encourage you to check with your preferred club early in the year. Many clubs hire and have orientations early spring.

Becoming a caddie can also be a valuable investment in your future. Since 1930, the Western Golf Association has been awarding men and women scholarships to attend college through the Chick Evans Foundation, named after celebrated amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. The Foundation’s mission is to provide full tuition and college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means. Learn more!

Junior Coach Program

The Junior Coach Program allows First Tee participants, ages 9+, to apply the skills they are learning and assist other members and programs at First Tee – Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.

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Internships for First Tee Teens

First Tee – GCNKY offers paid internships to current First Tee teens as an opportunity to help ready students for future employment and allow them to develop and reinforce First Tee Life Skills and Core Values. The working experience will allow teens to develop workplace skills such as leadership, public speaking, planning/organization and establish connections with chapter head coaches, volunteers, parents, board members and students which may help them build a “go to team.”

Requirements: To apply, students must have achieved Eagle level or higher and be at least 16 years old. He/she must also have a clear understanding of First Tee mission and core values, and an ability to communicate comfortably and work with chapter staff, head coaches, golf instructors and volunteers. Internships are mainly available in the summer.

Interested teens should contact [email protected] to start the application process.

For a complete job description, click here.


Through the Players Tour and Junior Series, the SOPGA Jr. Tour aims to develop young golfers while providing outstanding competitions on a local level.

Discounted Playing Opportunities

Meadow Links First Tee Fridays…For $5 all First Tee participants may play Meadow Links on Friday afternoons. Bring your yardage book to show you are a First Tee participant. Take advantage of this and join your kids for a round of golf!

Be sure to check out the 6 area Cincinnati Recreation Commission Golf Courses, 3 of which are First Tee teaching locations. Each course has special rates for juniors. Check out their website here for more information and to book your tee time.

PGA Junior Leage

PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls, 13 and under, of all abilities! During the course of one game, teams play four 9-hole matches in a popular two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and creating a nurturing environment for learning the game. Coaches can also substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.

Join the PGA Junior League through First Tee at Meadow Links or Little Miami. Matches and clinics will begin in May and run through June/beginning of July. All matches and clinics will be at either Meadow Links or Little Miami. More info coming soon!

1905 Junior Tour

The Greater Cincinnati Golf Associations’ 1905 Junior Tour is one of the Midwest’s biggest junior tours. Compete in local tournaments and receive rankings for select events.


Drive Chip & Putt

Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. Open to girls and boys ages 7-15.

Earlier this year we held a meeting to discuss all of our opportunities. If you missed the meeting, click the button below to see the presentation and to learn more. Email [email protected] for any questions. We hope your child will take advantage of all First Tee has to offer!