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January 2013

2012 First Tee Atlanta Charity Golf Classic Overwhelming support from sponsors lead to a great event.


Our 2012 high school graduates left our chapter for college this fall. They carry with them several years of The First Tee life skills training that will guide them through their college careers and beyond. Imani Scott is interested in the medical field. She earned several scholarships Caption describing picture or through graphic. her affiliation with The First Tee of Atlanta, namely RBC Shot for College, Arthur McClure from Advocates USA, Dr Bryan Carey Book Scholarship, college golf scholarship. Taylor Smith is interested in the medical field. She received official media credentials for the 2011 TOUR Championship and served inside the ropes to many accolades. She won the hearts and respect of several young people as their coach for the 2012 summer golf camp and won the 2012 Bopsy Gabrielsen Cup. Taylor received several academic scholarships,

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New Staff Member The First Tee of Atlanta is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Jenae D. Jenkins as our new Program Director. His background and skill set will serve well, as he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to this position. Since obtaining his B.S. in Sport Management from Georgia Southern University in 2002, he has held positions with both The PGA Tour and the American Junior Golf Association. Please join us in welcoming Jenae to The First Tee of Atlanta!

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The First Tee Scholars Class of 2013 The Scholars Program is a distinction awarded to participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter & community involvement .

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Registration Dates for the 2013 Season: 

Session I Jan. 24-26

Session II April 18 - 20

Session III June 27 - 29

Session IV Sept. 5 - 7


The 2013 class of The First Tee Scholars, has been announced. Please join us in congratulating two of our members, Kito Ashbey and Freedom Wright, on being members of this year's class. By being members of this year’s class, Kito and Freedom are now eligible for both leadership and named scholarships in conjunction with The First Tee Program. More than 20 colleges and universities offer partial merit-based or leadership scholarships to participants awarded this designation. Once designated Scholars are selected, they are re-

ported to partner institutions. The financial aid offices of the partner institutions will have final authority on the selection of the Leadership Scholarship recipients. Once a student is selected as a Leadership Scholarship recipient, a financial aid officer will thereafter be assigned to work directly with the applicant to help them locate sources of aid, such as grants and other scholarships. The monetary value of each leadership scholarship varies by institution. Named Scholarships are funds received either in honor or memory of someone, or have been donat-

ed by individuals or corporations. Most of these scholarships are worth $2,500 per year and are renewable for four years ($10,000 total) assuming the student continues to meet the school’s criteria for merit scholarships. The funds are paid directly to the institution of the recipient’s choice. There are 19 scholarships available this fall.

2013 Outstanding Participant Finalist Only 32 Participants throughout The First Tee Network selected to attend Outstanding Participant Summit; including the 8 Finalists. nacle of accomplishment for deserving participants. It recognizes exemplary achievement in the area of academics, community service, chapter involvement, leadership, essay responses and letter of recommendations. The Outstanding Participant Award is administered every other year in conjunction with The First Tee Network Meeting (a biennial conference for chapter representatives of The First Tee). Winners receive a college scholarship provided by Founding Corporate Partner Shell Oil Company. This award will be presented again in February 2013.

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Congratulations are in order for our very own, Mr. Tommy Swearingen, III! Tommy has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award. This award represents the pin-

Good luck to Tommy and we are extremely proud of you!

Bringing Golf Into Schools with the N.S.P. The First Tee National School Program (N.S.P.) introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes. Currently in more than 5,000 elementary schools, this school golf program creates an environment where young people are introduced to the lifelong sport while learning the basic golf motor skills and the inherent values of the game. Physical educators receive professional development training and are provided ageappropriate materials, junior golf lesson plans, and equipment for effective implementation into their existing physical education programs.

Some of the program objectives are to develop student appreciation for the positive personal & social values associated with the game with each lesson, to engage students in daily lesson activities that lead to motor skill development, and to present golf to students as a lifelong recreation and physical fitness activity.

PRO TIP: “Posture Check” By Heath Talbot, PGA

Illustration by Phil Franke

Recreational golfers who constantly struggle to fix their swing problems would do well to fix their posture first. Rounding the back, flexing the knees too much and tucking the head down to see the ball are common setup faults that can lead to a poor swing. If your posture isn’t right, you’ll be forced to swing with mostly your arms and hands, creating very little shoulder turn. If this sounds like you, here’s a drill you can try within the confines of your own home. Stand in front of a full-length mirror and bend from your hip socket so that your upper body tilts forward approximately 45 degrees. Notice that your head is in line with your spine and isn’t tucked downward. Next, release your knees slightly. A problem most golfers have is too much knee flex and not enough bend from the hips. Finally, let gravity drop your arms and club to the ground (they’ll naturally hang straight down if you’ve achieved the correct posture). This improved position will enable you to make a more complete shoulder turn without a lot of arm and hand action

To JOIN The First Tee of Atlanta Visit us at or give us a call at 404-756-1868 Follow us on Twitter @FirstTeeATL Like us on Facebook @ JohnAWhiteGC


1053 Cascade Circle Atlanta, GA 30311 E: P: (404)756-1868 | F: (404) 756-1871

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hawkins 3362 Rammel Way Avondale Estates, GA 30002-1167

We continue to encourage young people to live the NINE CORE VALUES:

More Than A Game While golf is a major draw for participants and their families, it is very important to note that the focus of The First Tee of Atlanta is to help our young people develop life skills that lead them to adopt the Nine Core Val-

ues of Honesty, Integrity, Judgment, Perseverance, Courtesy, Confidence, Sportsmanship, Respect, and Responsibility. Children are taught to apply the skills in all aspects of their lives; in school, at home, and in the community. In doing so, it is believed that we will continue to positively impact the lives of Atlanta’s young people.

Based in Southwest Atlanta at the John A. White Golf Course, The First Tee of Atlanta is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting the lives of Atlanta's young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The First Tee of Atlanta was founded in 2000 and is a chapter of The First Tee, an international youth program created by the World Golf Foundation in 1997. |


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