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2017 Annual Review

OUR MISSION To impact the lives of the young people of the Greater Pasadena area by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

On behalf of the board of directors of The First Tee of Greater Pasadena, I would like to thank our staff, coaches, supporters, parents and especially our outstanding young men and women who have made 2017 our most memorable year. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of area youth by providing educational programs that teach life skills and core values like honesty, integrity and perseverance through the game of golf. The First Tee provides research-proven programs that make a positive impact on the players, families and communities. It is your continued support that allows us to provide these outstanding programs. Young people face a multitude of influences throughout their lives that impact their ability to respond to everyday situations. Our programs are designed to help them develop the skills and core values necessary to face challenges with confidence and become the leaders of tomorrow. The First Tee of Greater Pasadena provides quality youth programs with adult mentors and safe places to learn and grow. Our coaches and staff are the best in their profession and serve as role models for each student enrolled in our many programs. We look forward to maintaining the success we have had with our programs and continue this important mission to help our kids succeed now and in the future. Thank you, Mark Holdsworth Board President

The First Tee of Greater Pasadena Program Locations: Alhambra Golf Course Altadena Golf Course Arroyo Seco Golf Course Brookside Golf Club Eaton Canyon Golf Club Glen Oaks Golf Club Marshall Canyon Golf Course San Dimas Canyon Golf Course









AT&T CA - $1,000 Edward T Bedford Foundation - $15,000 Majestic Realty - $1,000 Pasadena Community Foundation - $4,251 Pasadena Lions Club - $2,940 Pasadena Rec and Parks Foundation - $1,750 Ray & Wyn Richie Evans Foundation - $5,000 Tournament of Roses Foundation - $5,000 Union Bank Foundation - $2,500 USGA - $11,000 WSCGA - $2,000

•Program Fees - $100,325 •Donations - $147,986 •Events - $97,367 •Grants - $51,441 •Non-golf revenue - $9,643

THE FIRST TEE NINE CORE VALUES Honesty Integrity Sportsmanship Respect Confidence Responsibility Perseverance Courtesy Judgment

HIGHLIGHTED PROGRAMS Special Olympics The First Tee of Greater Pasadena has taken on the coaching of the Special Olympic golf program for the San Gabriel Valley chapter. All of the teams compete as “The Ducks”. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for the athletes to learn the great game of golf and to compete in the Special Olympics tournaments. The tournaments begin in May and the Summer Games are in June. We had a great tournament in Mission Viejo this year. We had 4 players who won 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal. The best part is that they are getting a reputation as real ladies and gentlemen. I’m very proud of their progress. Coaching students with learning or physical disabilities presents many challenges, but I feel privileged to coach this group of athletes. They are fun and eager to learn and play the great game of golf. Thank you for trusting me with this wonderful group of athletes. Coach Gary Baker

LSE Program - Alhambra Golf Course Alhambra Golf Course has opened up their doors to The First Tee of Greater Pasadena to reach the young people of that community. This golf course is one of the only facilities that can accommodate classes after dark and is also tailor-made for junior golfers in length. My experience at Alhambra has been a highlight. Along with the Alhambra golf course pro shop staff and golf professionals, we have developed and maintained a core of students that have regularly attended session after session while seeing a steady improvement measured through their participation, improved golf skills, certification progression and their dedication to the game of golf. Seeing these young people grow and mature has truly been an honor.

Optimist Youth Home: Mulligan Program For 2017, The First Tee of Greater Pasadena served over 48 young men from the Optimist Youth Home. Optimist had their programming every Monday at Brookside. Aside from programming, The First Tee of Greater Pasadena also had three youth speakers from Optimist speak at the May 7th Event and the Annual Golf Tournament and Reception. IMG also provided 20 tickets for youth from Optimist to watch a UCLA home football game at the Rose Bowl against USC. Through The First Tee of Greater Pasadena, AT&T provided 4 tickets to the Rose Parade for three Optimist Youth and one Supervisor.


Since 2006, Coach Kathy Cho has been teaching golf and its positive values to young boys and girls for the First Tee of Greater Pasadena chapter. Her instruction and kind heart is an inspiration to all students, staff and coaches. Kathy won the E.O. Nay Women’s Golf Club Champion at Brookside Golf Course in 1997, 2000, and 2001. In 1999, she was selected as the “Most Improved Player” at the Women’s Club while also winning the President’s Cup. “Since 2003 I have been teaching children and adults the game I love. I enjoy teaching golf to both kids and adults but I especially like teaching children. Kids are always happy simply to be hitting the ball. I see myself as an ambassador for golf. I am proud to say that my job is to build more golfers and to keep them coming back. I want all of my students to know that everything I have accomplished in golf they can accomplish, too. In 1992, I lost my fashion business to a fire. While I was struggling to rebuild my business, I was also going through a divorce. It was during this difficult time in my life that I turned to golf and began focusing more on my game. Golf was not only a welcome distraction from the hardships but, also, when I played golf I truly felt like myself. I began coming to Brookside at 5:30 in the morning with a shag-bag full of practice balls. With hundreds of hours of hard work, I built my game up from nothing and whittled my handicap all the way down to 4.6. I had become a real player and went on to become the E.O. Nay Club Champion at Brookside three times. In a very short time, I had come a long way in golf, but I still had more to accomplish. I decided to become a PGA teaching professional. I chose to pursue a career in golf because I love this game! I love golf because it is a social sport that can be shared with people of all ages, while at the same time it is also an individual sport that challenges me physically and mentally to achieve my personal best. Golf, like life, presents obstacles which must be overcome. Overcoming these obstacles requires the ability to remain calm under pressure. In these difficult situations, the golfer’s ability to make decisions is tested. The golfer must find a fine balance between playing rationally and taking risks. As the golfer is presented with these challenges, his or her character is tested and refined. It is inevitable that the golfer will develop a sense of patience, integrity, and respect for the game.” - Coach Kathy Cho


Ryan Herron: The First Tee of Greater Pasadena Alumni “The First Tee humbled me, it mentored me, and it taught me how to lead. It grounded me to the importance of sticking to a clear set of core values through which I was able to center my life around, in turn centering my golf abilities around. The mentors and relationships that I formed with my coaches and the other adult leaders were a product of the purposeful efforts of the adults trying to get to know me more and more in every interaction. Now that I am in college, I miss those days of talks out on the golf course about life, news, and golf. I miss the weekly classes, the little 5-year olds who I used to teach, and most of all I miss my coaches. The First Tee was a platform that allowed me to become the person I am today. It has played an integral part in my current professional desires, to eventually go into the field of Microfinance. It provided me with the resources to determine the intersection of my passions in leading and providing for others and economics.”

Dylan Choi: Par 3 Challenge and College Prep Academy “Over the summer, I was fortunate enough to attend The First Tee National Par 3 Championship as well as The First Tee College Golf Prep Academy. At these two events, I was able to meet new members of The First Tee from all across the country, reconnect with old friends from The First Tee, learn golf skills, and reinforce my life skills. At The National Par 3 Championship, I was able to play at the Kanawha Club, one of the most prestigious par 3 courses in the country! On a typical day we’d get up, eat, play at the Kanawha club and then go to an activity. We watched a minor league baseball game, attended a dinner party, and participated in a fun scavenger hunt. The highlight of this trip was the Territory Cup, where I was able to play with Jake, one of my old friends from The First Tee from Pebble Beach, in a foursomes match against a team from the East. At the College Golf Prep Academy, I was able to live the life of a college athlete, waking up early, working out, golfing, “going to class”, and golfing some more. College advisors from several universities counseled us on the golf course as well as at seminars. I was lucky enough to play at Jupiter Hills Country Club, The Bears Club, and Seagate Country Club. The highlight of this trip were the late nights. Like collegians, we’d congregate in my dorm room, stay up late, order pizzas nightly, and play Mafia after golfing that entire day. After this academy, I couldn’t wait to get into college! All of this would not be possible without The First Tee of Greater Pasadena and everyone who supported me along my golf journey.”

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The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach - Adrian Chiu “The highlight of my trip up to Pebble Beach was at the Legends and Leaders Dinner Event where I was able to meet many celebrities and hear them speak about their own life experiences relating to each of the nine core values. I loved being able to see and meet many golfing legends like Vijay Singh and Tom Watson during practice while playing on the course alongside them and learning valuable tips that helped their game to improve and sustain the high level of play. The golfing venues being Poppy Hills and Pebble Beach only made the experience that much more incredible.�

Chapter Cup Challenge On Monday July 24, over 90 youth representing The First Tee Chapters of Greater Pasadena, Los Angeles, Coachella Valley, Inland Empire and Orange County enjoyed a great day of competition and friendship. Special recognition goes to Dan Hufford our Program Coordinator who oversaw this event. We really appreciated all of the Chapter’s staff and volunteers for their support and assistance. Congratulations to The First Tee of Coachella Valley (again) for taking top prize!

OUR LEADERSHIP Board of Directors: Casey Adams Dennis Ayers Lori Baker Jeff Boyer Dedan Brozino Lachlan Cameron Ashay Dalvi Mike DeLucia Mark Holdsworth Kenton Howerton Ken Le Kyle Mitchell Eva Monroy Laura Morrison Ian O’Dwyer Michael Ross John Sinner Bill Stewart Bert Washington

Junior Advisory Committee: (left to right from picture above)

Caitlyn Yamashita Adrian Chiu Mason Chiu Jordan Chow Emily Swanson

Dylan Choi Stian Lintvedt Nicole Sristhum Cyrux Lam Kaili Chiu

Advisory Board:




Richard Bruckner Carlos L. Chacon Fred Claire Darryl Dunn Ron Okum Phillip Sanchez Steve Madison Blair Salisbury Jens Weiden

Robin Bieker Mike Bone Paul Engl Bill Fennessy Mary Francisco Jim Martindale Joe Radabaugh

Bob Baderian - Executive Director David Sams - Director of Golf Operations Mark Fritz - Director of Programs and Development Dan Hufford - Program Coordinator Betty Lou Beyer - Special Projects Director Rob Danson - Marketing Specialist Derrick Williams - Outreach Coordinator Arnetta Love - Office Support

Enya Alaan Floyd Anderson Teresa Baldonado Gary Baker Terry Beams Justin Brown Kathy Cho Stephen Im Ernest Jow

Stephen Knittle Michelle Lo Georgina Muller Kenny Murray Tom Schroeder Jonathan Soto Wataru Tomita RJ Ugolik


Corporate Sponsors: HOLDSWORTH & CO., LLC

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