Coaches Tell Stories – Bill Pharr

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Golf is the best sport for having fun and learning crucial life skills.  Period.  That’s it.  That’s my article…What?  You want me to explain myself?  OK.  I will give it my best shot!!! I started playing golf at age 15 in sunny San Diego, where I played 2 years of junior golf. From ther...

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Coaches Tell Stories – Chris Villasenor

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We asked Coach Chris Villasenor to share his relationship with Honesty, and honestly, we felt like you’d want to take a look! One of the Nine Core Values of the First Tee is Honesty. We often frame this around our behavior on the course: are we counting the right number of strokes, are we foll...

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Coaches Tell Stories – Val Patrick

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Dealing With Challenges by Coach Val Patrick I consider myself an upbeat, confident, patient and positive person, and I am the “glass is half full” personality.  What I have learned over the years about challenges is that they come to us and through us – through many streams and i...

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Get to know Coach Ben!

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Coach Ben Bergner has been a rock star with The First Tee of Greater Seattle since 2013! Get to know him as he shares how he got his start in the game of golf, his insight, experience and advice for young players! “I really like golf and I like to have fun with whatever I …...

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Caddie your way to College

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For teenagers, caddying is one of the best opportunities to apply yourself, learn, and even earn an income. And for a select few, it can actually lead to a full college scholarship through the Western Golf Association. But it takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance. We are proud to announce th...

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Leaving a Lasting Impression

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In the summer of 2012, Austin Picinich attended his first class with The First Tee of Greater Seattle. He was just 7 years old, bright-eyed and eager to learn about the game of golf. Over the years, Austin applied himself and worked his way through the different levels of the program. Now age 14 and...

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I Believed in Myself

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12 year old Jay Sakagami arrived early on Sunday for the Fall Week 9 Championship at Jefferson Park. He checked in, warmed up on the driving range, rolled a few on the putting green, and after announcements and a review of the rules and format, Jay teed off at 8:30am. Conditions were chilly and damp...

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The State of Golf in Seattle

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The First Tee of Greater Seattle teaches golf and life skills to 1,500 local youth on Seattle’s municipal golf courses each year, and more than 2,000 county-wide. Without the four Seattle facilities (Jefferson Park, Jackson Park, West Seattle GC and Interbay), that kind of impact is not possib...

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Is Golf a Sport?

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Foreward Lucia Morelli is 12 years old, and has been a member of The First Tee since 2013 when she joined a Girls’ Golf class at Jefferson Park. Along with her weekly classes, she plays PGA Junior League Golf, serves as a volunteer, is a member of the Junior Advisory Board, and is an avid &hel...

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