IMPACT
USGA Boosts Support of First Tee with $100,000 in Grant Funding August 12, 2019 | PINEHURST, N.C. By Danny Vohden, USGA

Participants from the First Tee of the Sandhills gathered at Pinehurst with USGA CEO Mike Davis ahead of the U.S. Amateur. (USGA/John Mummert)

First Tee chapters across the nation are receiving grants from the USGA to further their efforts to introduce life skills and the game of golf to more young people. The grants are a continuation of the support the USGA has provided to First Tee for more than 20 years, and one of a series of initiatives on which the organizations have collaborated in 2019.

The grants are being dispersed to 25 chapters located in or around USGA championship locations and Allied Golf Associations as part of the organization’s strategy to leave a positive, lasting impact on local host communities.

The announcement was made today at the USGA’s 119th U.S. Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Participants from the First Tee of the Sandhills, one of the USGA grant recipients, were on-hand with the chapter’s Executive Director Courtney Stiles to share the announcement alongside USGA CEO Mike Davis.

“We are so grateful to the USGA and organizations like this, as it is these partnerships that allow us to broaden our impact in communities across the country, engaging young people who we may not have otherwise reached,” said Greg McLaughlin, First Tee president. “Together, we will inspire youth for years to come, engaging them in the sport and helping them to become leaders in their communities.”

“We are proud to see our First Tee grant funding directly benefit those communities that welcome us throughout the year and embrace the spirit of what a USGA championship represents,” Davis added. “The USGA is committed to making a difference in our host communities, and we are excited to see the long-term impact these grants will have in welcoming more junior golfers to the game, and to inspire them to play it for a lifetime.”

The USGA has supported the First Tee since its inception in 1997, providing more than $26 million in grants to the organization. Their shared commitment to bringing more young people to the game was highlighted this past June during the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, where the two organizations debuted the Junior Experience Featuring First Tee. The on-site interactive experience connected youths with the excitement and values associated with golf and First Tee programs offered throughout the country. 

With the USGA’s support, First Tee chapters are reaching more than 136,000 young people annually at more than 1,200 program locations, with support from 25,000 volunteers. Additionally, First Tee has been introduced to more than 10,000 schools and youth centers reaching millions of additional kids through these programs.    

USGA Grant Recipients 2019

First Tee Chapter

Location & USGA Championship Site, AGA

First Tee of Central Coast

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of Central Valley

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of Contra Costa

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of Fresno

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of Monterey County

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of Greater Sacramento

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of San Francisco

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of San Joaquin

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of Silicon Valley

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of the Tri-Valley

California: 2019 U.S. Open, Northern California Golf Association

First Tee of Green Valley Ranch

Colorado: 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur, Colorado Golf Association

First Tee of Connecticut

Connecticut: 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Connecticut State Golf Association

First Tee of Metropolitan New York

New York: 2020 U.S. Open, Metropolitan Golf Association

First Tee of Coastal Carolinas

North Carolina: 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, 2019 U.S. Amateur, 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur, Carolinas Golf Association

First Tee of the Sandhills

North Carolina: 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, 2019 U.S. Amateur, 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur, Carolinas Golf Association

First Tee of the Triangle

North Carolina: 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, 2019 U.S. Amateur, 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur, Carolinas Golf Association

First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Ohio & Kentucky: Greater Cincinnati Golf Association

First Tee of Lake Erie

Ohio: 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur, Toledo District Golf Association

First Tee of Greater Portland

Oregon: 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, Oregon Golf Association

First Tee of Greater Philadelphia

Pennsylvania: Golf Association of Philadelphia

First Tee of Aiken

South Carolina: 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, Carolinas Golf Association

First Tee of Greater Charleston

South Carolina: 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, Carolinas Golf Association

First Tee of South Dakota

South Dakota: South Dakota Golf Association

First Tee of Greater Richmond

Virginia: Virginia State Golf Association

First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.: Virginia State Golf Association