Fall Finale Photo Gallery & 2018 Award Winners
35 players were on hand for this year's Fall Finale. Some great golf featured Team Barbour taking the victory at 2 under par... Congrats!
12 students won awards for their outstanding commitment to the values and principles of The First Tee!
Matthew Sutherland and his Uncle, Kevin Sutherland, won the 2018 Pure Insurance Championship. Matthew is a student at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and Kevin is on the PGA Champions Tour. Read more here.
Eagle Fundamentals: Curvature
Understanding how to curve the ball is essential to becoming a great golfer. No matter how hard we try, our odds of hitting a perfectly straight shot are extremely low. This is because the swing is on an arc, which puts side-spin on the ball. The more side-spin, the more it curves. Sometimes we need to curve it in order to hit the best possible shot. Here are the two easiest ways to curve it, though both can still be difficult:

Draw/Hook (For Right-Handers): Position your feet on a path to the right of your target (see "closed" stance above). Swing down your foot line. Rotate your hands through the impact zone. The faster you rotate, the more it will draw/hook.

Fade/Slice (For Right-Handers): Position your feet left of the target (see "open" stance above) and swing down your foot line. Hold off the rotation of your hands. This keeps the club face to the right of your swing path in order to impart fade/slice spin.
Eagle Yardage Book: Resolving Conflicts
No matter how calm, cool, and collected you are, at some point you will experience conflict. Whether at school, at home, or at work, there are three main types of responses to any conflict:

-Passive: To withdraw, ignore, deny, or give in.
-Aggressive: To threaten, yell, push, or hit.
-Cooperative: To communicate, listen, understand, respect, and explore options.

Cooperative is the most productive method of resolving any conflict. The CARE method can help you to become more cooperative.

C - Communicate
A - Actively Listen
R - Review Options
E - End With A Win-Win Solution
2019 USGA Major Rule Changes
2019 Rule: Under Rule 13.2a(2):          

There will no longer be a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole.

Players will not be required to putt with the flagstick in the hole; rather, they will continue to have the choice to have it removed (which includes having someone attend the flagstick and remove it after the ball is played).

Reasons for Change:

Allowing a player to putt with the flagstick in the hole without fear of penalty should generally help speed up play.

When the players do not have caddies, the current Rule can result in considerable delay.

On balance it is expected that there should be no advantage in being able to putt with the unattended flagstick in the hole:

In some cases, the ball may strike the flagstick and bounce out of the hole when it might otherwise have been holed, and in other cases, the ball may hit the flagstick and finish in the hole when it might otherwise have missed.