The Keepers held our 8th Annual First Tee Mentoring Outing at Woodmont Country Club with 28 delightful kids from every background you can imagine who participate in the programs of the First Tee of Greater Washington D.C. We had 17 volunteers from our club along with the professional golf staff as our guides doing golf clinics, a picnic lunch, and a couple of hours of course time with the kids.
These kids come every type of background you can imagine and they have gleaned from their First Tee experiences self-confidence, poise, and grace as well as being introduced to the game of golf. It is a wonder to witness the etiquette, course awareness, and basic skills of these 7 to 14 year-olds who attend this event each year.
Our volunteers provide the smiles, reassurance, and support to help these kids understand how much this game has to offer.
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Sometimes the mentoring is as simple as a hug or a pat on the shoulder.
The mentors share their knowledge and experience of how they have earned their crack handicaps.
Best part is just kickin’ back and watching these amazing kids do their golf thing.
All the kids went through the rotation of three clinics-range, short game, and putting-led by our professional staff.
Then the kids get to show their stuff….as well as their individuality and style.
You can work up an appetite at these clinics so they are followed by a break for a picnic lunch where we got to just sit and chat…..healthy sandwiches, real chips, fresh fruit, and some chocolate chip cookies for the big kids. We were all single digit eaters.
Then it was out to the big course to put what they learned to work. It is amazing how these kids handle themselves on the course. Fixing ball marks, raking bunkers, marking their ball properly, and respecting the efforts of their playing partners.
One last bit of business to thank the volunteers, the golf staff, and the organizers for putting this together. And most important, thanking these adorable and talented kids for being part of this beautiful day, sending them away with a participation certificate and a few goodies to commemorate the event.
Special thanks to Connor Farrell, Steve Keller, John Friedson, Moe Dweck, and Alexandra Uduk and the professional golf staff for all the hard work in assembling this event. Thanks to Woodmont Country Club for graciously hosting this and the First Tee of Greater Washington D.C. for hooking us up with these awesome kids.
(Photos provided by Steve Keller, Arthur Blitz, and Melanie Padgett Powers)
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