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. For more information or if you are interested in applying, contact Jeanne Siegel at [email protected] or 513.988.7226 x2.

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. 2023 Class Announced May 31, 2023.

First Tee Future Entrepreneurs Presented by Wells Fargo | May 2-5 | Alumni Opportunity

This 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.

First Tee Drive Your Future Academy presented by John Deere | October 5-9 | San Francisco, CA
First Tee Drive Your Future Academy presented by John Deere is a female empowerment event recognizing young women who are motivated to influence positive impact at their chapters, schools and communities.

First Tee National Championship | June 2-6 | Stanford, CA
First Tee National Championship brings together First Tee’s top players for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play under pressure at the collegiate and/or next level. First Tee National Championship is played at acclaimed college campuses, including Clemson University, Notre Dame and Stanford University, and is the only national event that is purely tournament golf.

Participant Advisory Council | July 25-26
First Tee participants will represent their chapter and others at Participant Advisory Council meetings (virtual and in person) and give honest and professional counsel to Headquarters on various agenda topics.

First Tee Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr | July 18-22 | Philadelphia, PA
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.

PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee | September 19-24 | Pebble Beach
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 9-12 | Jacksonville, FL
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. Qs? Contact Jeanne Siegel at [email protected] or 513.988.7226 x2.

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 25 First Tee seniors who have been awarded this scholarship.

Staff reaches out to qualified seniors at the start of the school year to start the application process.

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.

New this year – get a free Youth on Course card with your handicap! As members, they’ll benefit from access to local courses and almost 2,000 courses across the country where they can play for $5 or less.

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. Click HERE to sign up! The 2023 handicap season begins March 15th and requests will be activated at that time.

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!

Youth on Course

Coming Soon! We are excited to partner with Youth on Course to provide interested active participants with a Youth on Course membership. As members, they’ll benefit from access to local courses and almost 2,000 courses across the
country where they can play for $5 or less! Sign ups coming soon!

Volunteer!

First Tee participants, ages 14+, are encouraged to apply the skills they are learning and assist younger participants and programs at First Tee – Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. Teens can volunteer in any 7-9 and 10-11 classes. Contact Jeanne Siegel for next steps: [email protected]

 

Internships for First Tee Teens 16+

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. 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 be at least 16 years old and an active First Tee participant. He/she must also have a clear understanding of First Tee mission and 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.

SOPGA Tour

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. 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.

If you missed the participant opp 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!