Avondale, LA – The students from The First Tee of Greater New Orleans were actively engaged in this year’s Zurich Classic, thanks to the Fore!Kids Foundation and host Zurich.
On Monday, tour players who arrived for the Zurich were greeted with personalized welcome cards from The First Tee’s students. Several of the PGA TOUR players returned the hospitality throughout the week.
On Tuesday, First Tee youth were hosted at a Junior Golf Clinic presented by LCMC Health and Children’s Hospital. The event featured PGA Tour Professionals, Jamie Donaldson, and last year’s Zurich Champion, Brian Stuard and was emceed by Local PGA Tour Professional, Kelly Gibson.
After the Junior Golf Clinic, participants had the opportunity to attend the Celebrity Shootout presented by LCMC Health and Children’s Hospital, which featured ESPN’s Chris Berman, Saint’s Head Coach, Sean Payton, Saint’s Running Back, Mark Ingram and LPGA Tour superstar, Lexi Thompson. Logan Batiste, 13-year-old First Tee participant, served as a caddie during the event.
On Wednesday during the Pro-Am, First Tee participants offered up their services as caddies on the 3rd hole. Many of the professionals gave the kids who served as caddies autographed gloves, golf balls, towels, club head covers and words of wisdom. In addition to the PGA Tour pros, the youth also caddied for Payton, Berman, and Saint’s Quarterback, Drew Brees, who also played in the Pro-Am.
Two First Tee teens also took part in the Junior Course Reporter Program during the Wednesday-Saturday rounds of golf. In partnership with the PGA TOUR and the Fore!Kids Foundation, the teens covered the golf tournament from their perspective. The PGA TOUR provided media credentials to the teens who covered a wide variety of media involved with the tournament, including TV, radio, print and social media coverage of the Zurich.
Lori Launey, 16, and Vicky Stephens, 13, participated in Wednesday’s press conference with Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, with Stephens asking the opening question of the conference, “Why do you think the game of golf is so international compared to other sports?” The teens compiled several stories which will be posted at The First Tee’s website, www.thefirstteenola.org, on Monday.
On Friday and Saturday, several local schools, that participate in The First Tee’s National School Program, took field trips to the Zurich Classic. The schools, including Coghill Charter School, Gentilly Terrace Charter School, Carver Collegiate Academy, and Cherbonnier/Rillieux Elementary, received guided tours of the facilities, attended the Children’s Hospital Kid’s Zone and watched the PGA TOUR professionals compete in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the Zurich Classic.
Photograph Credit: Andrew Cohoon
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About The First Tee of Greater New Orleans:
The mission of The First Tee of Greater New Orleans is 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.
The First Tee of Greater New Orleans serves youth ages 5 through 18 through after-school programs at twelve local golf course and park locations. First Tee outreach programs have been introduced at more than 30 local elementary schools and youth development agencies. The First Tee of Greater New Orleans currently impacts over 23,000 youth participants annually, teaching The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits through its out-of-school and outreach programs.