Sunday morning, AJGA juniors and staff came out to The Reserve at Spanos Park to support The First Tee and host a golf clinic to get youngsters involved with the game of golf.
The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The First Tee encourages kids to become involved in a game that teaches values for life and a sport that can be played for a lifetime.
Several AJGA players including Hana Lee, Andrew Cho, Yi Keun Chang and Ralph Abesamis gave lessons and advice to the beginning golfers out on the driving range. The clinic ended with a few fun games for the participants including a contest to hit a golf ball while on your knees.
Abesamis, who became part of The First Tee at age 12, is now playing AJGA events and attributes his achievements to the lessons he learned at The First Tee.
“The First Tee changed my life for sure,” Abesamis said. “I wasn’t making the best decisions when I was younger and the people at The First Tee taught me how to pick better friends and involve myself in something positive. They taught me the game of golf from scratch and I have them to thank for where I am today.”
Submitted by Whitney Dodson, AJGA Summer Staff