First Tee Outing 2018-Sweet Memories

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.

Arthur Blitz had a special connection with these kids

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.

Well over 50 kids, volunteers, and staff make orchestrating this shot no small feat

Our volunteers provide the smiles, reassurance, and support to help these kids understand how much this game has to offer.

The volunteers donated their time and their hugs to make it a special day

It takes the help of the First Tee of Greater Washington and supportive parents to pull this off each year.

Roger and Katie, administrators from the First Tee Program

Some of the parents of these great kids mugging with Roger

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Sometimes the mentoring is as simple as a smile or an encouraging word…the kids got lots of both.

The event commander Steve with a Grace-ful smile

Moe and Jonathan are old friends by now

Steve shows Carina a version of the modified four-point stance

Larry and Dale with Hannah, Yuna, and Angela on the practice ground

Alex, Steve, Gavin, Caleb, and Gene

Gene and John with Grace, Sabrina, Iris, and Michelle

Chet, Rich, David, Eugene, Salieu, Sam, Konnor, Paul, Steve, and Mika…quite a line-up

Grant, Eddie, Konnor, Malinda, Ricky, and Rick

The mentors share their knowledge and experience of how to work down a handicap

Jackie helps Sophie make some chipping adjustments

Rick and Peter…..proof is in the results

Eddie with Malinda and Yohan talking short game

Jake and Marilyn with Milan and Daniel

MIke and Jackie coaching Carina, Johan, and Avery

Moe, Sol, and Rebecca with Sean, Ryan, and Skyler

Best part is just stepping back and watching these amazing kids do their golf thing.

Rick, Dale, Bonnie, Susan, Larry, and Gary embraced the moment

All the kids went through the rotation of three clinics-range, short game, and putting-led by our professional staff.

The day started with an invigorating stretch with Konnor

There was long game work with Brice and Morgan at the range.

Brice going over fundamentals with the older kids

The youngest at the range with Morgan, Brice, Sol, Jackie, and Ron

Ricky has a strong address position

Jake and Mike worked on greenside short game skills with all the groups.

Jake sporting the classic Jim Colbert bucket hat demonstrates proper grip

The chipping lines under watchful eyes

Caleb gets some demonstration from Rebecca who knows her stuff

Skyler is a veteran of these outings and shows it to Sol

Got to love this pitching set-up from Grace

Malinda, after clean contact, snuggles it close

Clean up on Aisle 4….these kids can do it all

Dave Pelz has nothing on Konnor…his putting school is a full bag of tricks.

Conga Line Putting….working on the lag putts

Guys synchronized rake putting…who would have thought..

Girls were not to be outdone

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.

Sol doing what Sol does best

Caleb, Rich, Chet, Rebecca, Gary, and Paul sharing stories over chocolate chip cookies

Eugene, Yuna, and Jonathan showing their “chip” skills

The girls work on challenging the Guiness Book of Records for aveggie stacking tower

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.

Ricky, Iris, Peter, Gene, Rick, and Gavin on the green

Rich with Caleb and Michelle

Susan and Larry were marveling at the course skills of Yuna, Daniel, Hannah, and Dauda

Gary staging a FootJoy commercial with Eugene and Jonathan

Chet taking a ride with Eugene and David

Ron, Sol, Dad of Milan, Milan, Sean, and Carina

Gary and Steve on the tee with Jonathan, Eugene, Salieu, and Paul

Moe and Alex on the 17th of the North

Sabrina and Grace are all smiles

John watches the elegant ball flight of Sabrina’s lay-up on the 15th

Mika ready to unleash on the 17th tee

Younger brother Alex has a loaded position at the top

Shaking hands with the kids and sending them away with a participation certificate and a few goodies to commemorate the event.

Konnor and Daniel

Sabrina and Konnor

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.

One last infectious smile for the memory bank

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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August, 2018

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1 thought on “First Tee Outing 2018-Sweet Memories

  1. The kids and parents all had a great time! Thank you so much for all the volunteers and First Tee for hosting this event!

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