The Keepers 10th Annual First Tee Mentor Outing at Woodmont Country Club was dedicated to the memory of our good friend Gary Jonas. From our early days Gary was a protagonist behind many of our community service initiatives and this outing was one of his favorites.
The First Tee of Greater Washington D.C. brought 24 amazing kids from ages 8 to 18 to participate in another afternoon of pure golf fun. We had 13 volunteers from our club along with capable professional golf staff as our guides for our normal drill of golf clinics, a picnic lunch, and a couple of hours of course time with the kids.
The First Tee program has introduced these kids to the wonderment of golf-teaching them the etiquette, course awareness, and basic skills of the game. What you see as a result is a deep reservoir of self-confidence, poise, and grace in their ability to interact with each other and adults they have to deal with along the way.
Our volunteers provide the high fives, cheers, and a few hugs as well helping these kids understand how much they already have accomplished with this game.
It takes the help of the First Tee of Greater Washington and supportive parents to pull this off year after year.
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The kids were split into three groups based on their golf experience and rotated through instruction clinics for full swing, short game, and putting-led by our professional staff.
The swings on the range came in all shapes and sizes….the common denominator was good fundamentals and sheer determination.
Grant and Konnor worked the kids at the Sidney Harman Short Game area, fine tuning their pitching, chipping, and putting.
The Konnor School of Putting is a full semester experience for these kids.
The clinics always work up an appetite and there were plenty of healthy sandwiches, real chips, fresh fruit, and some chocolate chip cookies for the lunchtime chat around.
Then it was out to the golf course to put what they learned to the test. Here is where the mentor bonds are freshly made or simply renewed.
It is amazing how the First Tee prepares these kids to handle themselves on the course. All ball ball marks are fixed, bunkers are raked, balls are marked properly and they respectfully understand the term “your away”.
All that was left was to assemble the ranks thank all the folks involved and give out the goodies.
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 picnic and the First Tee of Greater Washington D.C. for making it happen. And most important, thanks to these amazing kids who make this event such a special experience for all of us.
Special thanks for the photographic contributions of Moe Dweck, Steve Keller, and Mary Yoon that made this posting colorful and fun
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