2019 The PLAYer Experience

Wow! We didn’t think we could top last year but with your help we doubled attendance and celebrated more of our PLAYers. Thank you to each and every one for attending – PLAYers, parents, family, coaches, instructors, volunteers and friends. It was a beautiful day to celebrate.

We kicked it off with our Alumni. After a question and answer session, alumni presented The Tom and Melissa Briner Heart of The First Tee GCNKY Award to Tom and Melissa Briner. This award was established this year to recognize individuals, companies, parents, coaches, volunteers, or staff who embody the “Heart” of the First Tee through giving of time, talent or treasure; by demonstrating and living The First Tee Core Values; or by going above and beyond to promote or further our missions. There are many words and contexts that describe a heart. People are the heartbeat of an organization. Those with big hearts are generous; they care, nurture, encourage, and inspire. Said more simply, they love. Those who embrace these qualities live out the essence of the mission every day. Tom, with endless support from Melissa, started our First Tee Chapter in 2006 and have touched many lives throughout the years. We are thrilled to celebrate you. Congratulations!

There were 151 PLAYers that certified to the next level over the past year. Congratulations to all of you for your hard work and we can’t wait to see you again in 2020.

This year five deserving seniors (Elizabeth Chamberlin, Zachary Gardner, Abigail Laake, Ethan Laake and Suraj Parikh) were recognized and awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships!! Taylor Metcalfe, a current trustee, presented the Rita S. Metcalfe Scholarship for The First Tee GCNKY to these seniors for a total of $10,000 year. WOW! Thank you, Taylor, for your generosity! In addition, we were blessed to receive a grant from the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation to support this event and our golf course programming which allowed us to give an additional $1,000 to each of these seniors.

Thank you, thank you!  Recap video coming soon!





Thank you to our friends at ProSource for their sponsorship of this year’s event!


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2018 The PLAYer Experience

Wow! Our first annual “The PLAYer Experience” celebration and kick off to Campaign for Kids was a memorable one to say the least. Thank you to everyone that attended. Our hope was to recognize and celebrate our PLAYers for their achievements this year and to inspire everyone with our PLAYers stories. We heard from coaches, alumni and current PLAYers. They shared why The First Tee GCNKY is important to them and what golf has meant to them. We celebrated our PLAYers who certified to the next level and we congratulated our seniors. And if this wasn’t enough, Taylor Metcalfe (current trustee), announced the creation of the Rita S. Metcalfe Scholarship for The First Tee GCNKY and awarded a scholarship to four seniors.
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