August 2016
Vol 4, Issue 7
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Nature Valley First Tee Open
Sept 13-18, 2016
Pebble Beach, California  

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento is sending
Neeve Chen, Beah Cruz, Emily Dixon,
Grant Leppek 
 and Jonathan Tanihana
to compete in the  2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach , an official  Champions Tour  e vent that will be held September  13-18 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.
Chen, Cruz, Dixon, Leppek & Tanihana will join 76 other participants from The First Tee chapters for the event, which is in its 13 th year.   Juniors were selected by a national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. More than 150 applications were submitted. 
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento will have a free bus trip for junior participants ages 8-18 to Pebble Beach on Saturday 17th,
come and support our local juniors. 
Click here for bus registration and details.

Participant Spotlight
Meet Olivia Brandon, a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento program at Bing Maloney Golf CourseLillian (9)  has been a participant in the Practice and Play Training Class for the last two years. Here favorite part about golf is going out and playing on the course.
Hobbies: P laying soccer and golf
Favorite food: Mac and Cheese

What is your favorite Core Value and why? Respect and Honesty are my two favorite core values because you use them every day. 

Why is golf fun?   Golf is fun because I get to learn new things.

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Noli plays to benefit The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Capital Cup 2016
Player: Noli Snobar - Partner, BFBA, LLP
I have selected The First Tee of Greater Sacramento as my charity for the 2016 Capital Cup for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I am an avid, albeit mediocre golfer. Not only does The First Tee provide  an opportunity for children from all backgrounds to learn the game of golf, but they do so while simultaneously teaching these children about life through their The First Tee Nine Core Values & Nine Healthy Habits.They use golf as a vehicle to teach core values, life skills and healthy habits to young people and help give them the skills they need to flourish in their lives today and in the future. Their programs serve juniors from the ages of 3-18, and individuals with disabilities from youth through adulthood. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento is currently impacting over 18,500 young people in the greater Sacramento Area. For me personally, I experienced The First Tee of Greater Sacramento via my then 6 year old's involvement. My daughter was a participant in the summer program, and much like most dads, I was so excited to hear how her first day at golf camp went. So I inquired as to what they did at camp that day."What clubs did you hit? How far did you hit the ball?" When my daughter answered with "Daddy, today we learned about Respect!", I realized that this was an organization that I wanted to be involved with. Please join me in supporting a wonderful Sacramento based organization!

Meet Our Nature Valley First Tee Open  Participants
Neeve Chen,  Beah Cruz, Emily Dixon
Grant Leppek   and Jonathan Tanihana

Chenis a sophomore at Woodcreek High School and a member of The First Tee since 2009.  She volunteers at the Jr. Golf Academy at Diamond Oaks Golf Club, is on The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Jr Tour life skills coaching committee and has volunteered for various Placer County Food Bank activities.  Neeve maintains a 4.43 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society.   In addition to golf, she is also a competitive swimmer at Wolverine Aquatics Club.   She has earned SFL All League Honors and Woodcreek High School Girls Varsity Golf MVP the past two years
is a senior at Christian Brothers High School with a GPA of 3.71. She is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, Student Athletic Council, and the CBHS Leadership Team. She learned to play golf at age 5. However, Beah started playing competitive golf at the age of 12 with The First Tee of Sacramento. Beah is on The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Jr Tour life skills coaching committee and is working to complete her ACE life skill project this year. Beah has earned All City League for two years of high school golf and was MVP all three years for her high school team.

Dixon, is a senior at Whitney High School in Rocklin.  She has been a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento for thirteen years and is currently at the Eagle life skills level. Emily has volunteered with the California Eagles Special Olympics program, the US Kids Tour and is a member of the Jr Tour's life skills coaching committee. She is also very involved in her church's youth group and the past two years she has spent her spring break week on a mission trip to Mexico.  Emily has been on the Whitney High School girl's golf team for three years and currently serves as team captain for the team. Through her play, Emily was named MVP of her team the past two seasons, and in her sophomore year both league MVP and Sacramento River City All-Metro First Team. She loves The First Tee and feels that the life skills and core values she has learned have helped her a great deal not only on the golf course but at school as well.
Leppek, a senior at Rocklin High School, 17 years old, has been a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento for 7 years. He loves all sports but started playing golf competitively at age 10. He volunteers as a coach for The California Eagles Special Olympics program At Haggin Oaks Golf Course and teaches Life Skills on The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Jr Tour. Leppek helped start the Rocklin High School Golf Camp for elementary and junior high school aged students with his older brother and friend Nicole Schroeder at Whitney Oaks Golf Course to help expose the game of golf to more juniors in his area.  He is involved in the California Scholarship Federation, the Athletic Senate and has played three years on the Rocklin High School Varsity Golf Team where he earned SFL First Team All-League all three years.
Tanihana,  is 16 and a junior at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento.  He learned to play golf with his dad and was introduced to The First Tee of Greater Sacramento by participating in the Little Linker Program at 6 years old.  He was named to the First Team All-Metro League the last 3 years and 2016 Metro League MVP. Jonathan is a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour and 2016 Player of the Year (Boys 16-18).  He is currently enrolled in The First Tee Life Skills Experience Program, Ace level and has enjoyed being a part of the Junior Tour life skills coaching committee. He also enjoys helping younger kids as a junior coach at William Land GC.

The First Tee Invitational
Mr. 59 is joining us.....are you?
Sponsorships still available to show your support
Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

VIP Breakfast & Golf Clinic with Al Geiberger $2,500
Meet-and-greet with Al Geiberger
Introduction at breakfast
Clinic sponsor signage
8 tickets to tournament breakfast

Tournament Lunch Sponsor $1,500
Meet-and-greet with Al Geiberger
Sponsor signage
4 tickets to tournament breakfast

Putting Green & Driving Range Sponsor $1,000
Meet-and-greet with Al Geiberger
Putting green and driving range sponsor signage
4 tickets to tournament breakfast
Core Values Sponsor of The First Tee $500
Tee signage on the golf course during the tournament
Vendors and companies have the option to set up promotional materials near a tee during the tournament. Giving away samples and logo specialties are welcomed.

Breakfast Tickets $75
VIP Breakfast with Al Geiberger, 8:00 - 9:30am
Includes fireside chat with Mr. 59!

Our mission:


To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf



In This Issue
Participant Spotlight
Capital Cup 2016
Nature Valley First Tee Open Participants
The First Tee Invitational
Class of 2016
Jr Tour Fundraiser
Raffle Benefits The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Quick Links

Save The Date

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
2016 Events
Pebble Beach Golf Course
September  13-18, 2016

Nature Valley First Tee Open Bus Trip
Pebble Beach Golf Course
September  17, 2016

12th Annual The First Tee Inviational
Granite Bay GC
September 19, 2016

Empire Ranch GC
October 29, 2016

Where are they now?
Alumni of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento  

Logan Lowe a 2015 graduate of Nevada Union High School just completed a stellar first year at George Washington University in Washington DC.  Logan is majoring in business administration and excelled in the classroom, he was named to the George Washington University Deans List and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's list both semesters.   Athletically, he competed in all 11 events and ranked first on the team with a 73.31 scoring average. Logan was an All-Atlantic 10 Conference Selection, the only freshman to garner the distinction.  Locally this summer, Logan won the Sacramento City Men's Championship with a 7-under 137 in the 36-hole event.  

Where are they now?
Class of 2016
A few additions to our Class of 2016 list .  We wish them all the best as they begin their college journey

Bryan Baumgarten
University of Illinois 

Aaron Jackson
Sierra College

Riley Wong
California State University, S acramento 

Jr Tour Fundraiser
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Jr Tour Fundraiser
at Empire Ranch Golf Club

All the proceeds of this tournament benefit The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Jr Tour  to keep our tour affordable for all the juniors.  This is one of the most fun tournaments of the year!  A four person Texas Scramble, with teams of adults, juniors or mixed.  Great hole contests, and raffle & auction prices.  You don't want to miss this one.

Quilt Raffle Benefits The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Thanks to the wonderful efforts of Virginia Cannon and the rest of the Niners Ladies Golf Club, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento will be receiving all the proceeds from a raffle of a quilt made by Virginia. 

Tickets for this beautiful quilt are $5 each, and can be purchased via mail or in person by sending in your check to The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, 3649 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821 or stopping in and purchasing at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento admin office at Haggin Oaks GC. You may also call in to our office and purchase by credit card at 916-808-0959.

The raffle will be held in December 2016, and you need not be present to win.  These proceeds are very much appreciated and will be used to teach the youth of Sacramento the basic core values of The First Tee which are Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Sportsmanship, Courtesy, Judgment, Perseverance, and Confidence.

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