For release June 5, 2020

First Tee GCNKY Families:

Seven months! It’s been that long since we’ve been together in First Tee classes at our local golf courses! Over the next few weeks, we will be welcoming you back to classes and we couldn’t be happier to see you and your kiddos again!

To say a lot has happened over the last few months would be like saying getting it up and down from a “fried egg” lie in the bunker was easy!

Although we will be back in action soon, things are going to be “different” for the foreseeable future. The good news is we do not have to make too many changes as the game of golf already incorporates most of the COVID-19 best practices to keep us all safe- Golfers already stand at least 6’ apart when we play and practice (so we do not get our teeth knocked out)! We are outside in the sunshine! On a golf course, each 4-person group is separated by a tee times. We follow our own shots on the course, in my group typically; Alex is down the middle, Brian is in the right trees, I am in the left rough and Jeanne is still on the tee box looking for a pencil to write down the scores.

In our classes there will be some operational changes, and we are confident that we can keep Playing it Safe at First Tee GCNKY! I also personally ask for your patience, a great deal of planning and behind the scenes work has taken place with our partners at six area golf courses. Despite the planning, in the first couple weeks we will likely find some tweaks and adjustments to make everything smoother.

That said, here are some ways you can help us make classes a great experience for our children:

Arrival & Dismissal: This is the most significant change you will experience in our classes.

  • We will have school-style drop-off and pick-up at each location. Please look for the designated chapter staff waiting for you at the course and drive up to that individual in your vehicle. The chapter staff will conduct a temperature check of your child upon arrival. Children with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to stay.
  • Please don’t arrive any earlier than 15 minutes before the start of your child’s class and please leave the golf course with your child no less than 10 minutes after the conclusion of your child’s class. (This allows our staff and coaches time to sanitize equipment and practice personal hygiene between classes)
  • Once kiddos exit their vehicles, they will be provided hand sanitizer then pick up their name tags from the table. They will then take their equipment and water to a designated cone with their name and safety circle where they will leave their water and clubs for the class. They should wait there until class begins.
  • Facemasks are encouraged for participants. It’s required of our chapter staff and coaches. They are not required for your child while participating in classes.

Water & Equipment: Please bring your own hydration- we will not be providing water in classes this year (classes are also longer in many cases than last year). Participants may borrow clubs from us in class if they don’t have their own and those clubs will stay with them the entire class.

In class, students will be assigned to groups that they will stay in for the duration of class. We will have no large gatherings.

How you can help:

  •  If someone is not feeling well, please stay home
  • Encourage your child to avoid touching their face, especially ears, nose and mouth
  • Remind your child to sneeze or cough into their elbow

You can find our full list of operating guidelines including information about restrooms and common areas for parents and participants below.

safety protocols

Whenever I have the opportunity to speak to parents, I always make a point to thank you for trusting us with your children. First Tee curriculum is more relevant now than ever. At our chapter, we ask ourselves three questions-

  • Are the kids safe?
  • Are they having fun through the curriculum and class activities?
  • Do they want to come back?

All of the changes are intended to keep the first question a resounding yes so that we can continue delivering classes in a fun and engaging manner. We want your children to grow up with us and that hasn’t changed despite our current circumstances.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly- or 513-988-7226 Ext. 4.

See you soon!


Dear First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Family and Friends:

With our 2020 programming year quickly approaching, I want to ensure proper communication with our families regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). First Tee GCNKY is staying updated on Coronavirus and monitoring the situation closely. After reviewing available information related to the spread of COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), our state health departments, and in light of recent statewide school closings in both Ohio and Kentucky, we will be delaying the start of the Spring session.

The start of the Spring session is delayed until Monday, April 20 and the session will now conclude the week of May 18. Please stay tuned for additional information in the coming weeks related to the session from our Operations Manager, Jeanne Siegel.

We will continue closely monitoring the situation and evaluating our internal procedures to ensure we are able to provide a safe and healthy learning environment, and to meet the stringent guidelines provided by the CDC.

Please visit this link for the best preventative measures from the CDC, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

If you are a parent or caretaker for one of our First Tee participants, thank you for trusting us with the safety, health, and well-being of your child. It is our obligation to proactively put the health and safety of both youth and adults first and do our part to help minimize the spread of this virus and the impact it will have on our nation’s health system and our community.

We will continue to take steps to keep all participants as safe as possible. For all of our other stakeholders, thank you for investing your time, talent, and treasure to allow us to serve our community through our youth development programs. We are fortunate to have you as a member of our First Tee GCNKY family!

March 13 Statement


Alicia Lawrence
Executive Director
First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

What can you do?

Following the advice of health professionals, please note the steps below that we can all take to help prevent the spread of a safe learning environment. The best steps you can take are the same ones that help prevent most general respiratory illnesses, like the flu.

  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Exercising
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Eating nutritious food
  • Managing stress levels
  • Wash hands often and with soap
  • Avoid touching eyes, ears and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick
  • Cleaning & disinfecting surfaces
  • Covering mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Even with all the best effort, sickness can still happen. Here are the guidelines on when to stay home from a First Tee event:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees). You may return to First Tee events after the temperature has been below 100 degrees for 24 hours.
  • Experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, or chills
  • General fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent cough
  • Nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

Click here for more information from the CDC