Sugarbush Resort Golf Club hosts Warren Elementary for First Tee introduction to the sport
WARREN, VERMONT – Sugarbush Resort Golf Club hosted 22 fifth-grade students from Warren Elementary School on Tuesday, May 24, for a morning of hands-on learning about the sport of golf.
Held in conjunction with the nationwide 'First Tee' initiative, the group spent 2 hours at the course and practice facility, learning about the skills, the tools, and the core values of one of the world’s most popular games.
'First Tee and the effort to nurture and create the next generation of golfers is an essential national initiative, and Sugarbush is proud to be on the leading edge of those efforts,' said RJ Austin, Sugarbush Director of Golf.
The event marked the second consecutive spring in which Sugarbush Resort hosted a 'First Tee' event. The tradition began in 2010 with a group of 20 students, also from Warren.
For the first part of the 'First Tee' program, Sugarbush Golf Course Superintendent Mike Wing taught the students about the ins and outs of maintaining the course, explaining Sugarbush’s commitment to natural design and environmental stewardship.
In the second portion, Sugarbush Assistant Golf Pro Dave Pfannenstein and Golf Shop Manager John Parsons hosted the group on the practice facilities, giving tips on necessary skills and etiquette, then leading a group practice session.
'It was a great group of kids,' added Austin. 'Not only did they ask great questions about the sport and the course, but there were a handful of players out there with some real talent as well.'
The First Tee was launched in 1997 by the World Golf Foundation, and is endorsed by the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the United States Golf Association.
One of the primary goals of the program is promotion of Nine Core Values that represent some of the inherently positive values connected with the game, including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.
For more information on the First Tee, please visit www.thefirsttee.org.