The Keepers dedicated our 9th Annual First Tee Mentoring Outing at Woodmont Country Club to the memory of our good friend Arthur Blitz. Arthur was a huge advocate of this event every year and we will recall his smiling face and infectious laugh each year we host this wonderful event.
The First Tee of Greater Washington D.C. brought 31 awesome kids to participate in an afternoon of pure golf fun. We had 19 volunteers from our club along with capable 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 17 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.
It takes the help of the First Tee of Greater Washington and supportive parents to pull this off each year.
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Sometimes the mentoring is as simple as a smile or an encouraging word…the kids got lots of both.
The mentors share their knowledge and experience of how to work down a handicap
Best part is just stepping 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.
There was long game work with Brice and Morgan at the range.
Jake and Mike worked on greenside short game skills with all the groups.
Dave Pelz has nothing on Konnor…his putting school is a full bag of tricks.
The clinics worked up an appetite so they were 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 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.
Shaking hands with the kids and sending them away with a participation certificate and a few goodies to commemorate the event.
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 memorable day.
Special thanks to Connor Farrell, Steve Keller, Moe Dweck, and Roger Brown 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.
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