Volume 3 Issue 1                                                                                                                                                                           January 2017
Proven Results: The First Tee Stat of the Month

At The First Tee, we don't just teach golf, we teach life skills - and we have the research and results to back it up. After three years in the program, youth at The First Tee chapters nationally reported through independent research¹:
  • 73% reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically.
  • 82% felt confident in their social skills with peers.
  • 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

Seeking Sponsors for the 10th Annual Taste for The First Tee

Planning is in full swing for our  10th Annual Taste for The First Tee, which will be held on Thur sday, April 27, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm at Turf Valley Resort. The event features 'tastes' of delicious foods donated by some of Howard County's best restaurants such as Alexandra's, Eggspectation, Grille 620 and Tino's Italian Bistro, to name a few.  Guests also enjoy beer and wine, live and silent auctions, and a live jazz band at Turf Valley's Grand Ballroom.

This event is a great opportunity for local businesses to support an important cause and get their name out in the community by being a sponsor. Below are some of the sponsorship options available and key benefits. Please contact Michael Bosica at michael.bosica@cushwake.com for more information or visit our website to complete the sponsorship application. 



Coach's Corner: When Can My Child Move Up a L evel (Part 2: Birdie/Eagle)

At Birdie level completion, the expectation is that participants are ready to play golf on a golf course without unduly delaying groups behind them (9 holes in two hours time/13 minutes per hole), and scoring within a reasonable number of strokes (three over par per hole). This is usually the level at which our participants begin to play competitively against members of other The First Tee Chapters (e.g., The First Tee Metro Tour) or independently in Junior Golf events (AJGA, MAPGA, Ping Junior Tour, etc.), and we want them to be able to play competitively with their counterparts.   

As they complete the Eagle level, the expectation is that participants are ready to play golf on any golf course independently or in small groups, keeping up pace-of-play (18 holes in four hours time/13 minutes per hole), and returning reasonable scores (the equivalent of two strokes over par per hole). This is often the level at which our participants begin to play competitively on their high school teams, and we want them to be competitive with their peers.

In This Issue


Early February


April 27, 2017



In Our Sights: A Van for Chapter Transportation
Pictured here: our executive director Don Van Deusen accepting a check from board member Rob Ugiansky on behalf of Buch Construction toward the purchase of a van for the chapter. Having a van to transport children from school to The First Tee will enable more families to enroll in our programs. If you would like to help us closing the gap in fundraising for the van, donations in any amount are appreciated and can be made on our website. Please write "van" in the notes section to designate your gift.