Extra The First Tee Benefits

Thanks to corporate partners and generous donors, The First Tee Home Office is able to offer participants a variety of scholarship, leadership and golf opportunities for participants. Selection is competitive and prestigious and the awards and events often become life-changing experiences for The First Tee students who are selected. In most cases, you must be in your teens and at Birdie, Eagle or Ace level, but it’s never too early to see what you have to look forward to!

This 2020 Home Office Participant Opportunities Guide was developed by our Chapter to summarize 2020 opportunities and provide descriptions, timing, eligibility and other pertinent information about each. Contact our Operations Manager Jeanne Siegel with questions or to get an application started.  Do you need help with your application or golf resume?  Let us know! We are part of your go to team and want to help.

local opportunities overview

At The First Tee-GCNKY, we encourage participants to explore and get involved in golf, in The First Tee, and in their communities in as many ways as possible. It’s the best way to improve your golf skills and put your Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to work.

These Chapter Opportunities are offered as options to help you do just that. New Opportunities may be added throughout the year.

Handicap Index

Establishing a handicap index allows all golfers to compete fairly and equitably. All First Tee GCNKY students playing regularly-especially those interested in playing tournaments and competitions-should establish a handicap index. Because First Tee-GCNKY is a member club of the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association, First Tee participants, alumni, coaches and volunteers are welcome to join. This is free to active students who are par, birdie, eagle or ace levels and with it comes free Youth on Course membership. Memberships for 2020 will open March 15.

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discounted playing opportunities


Youth on Course… Keeps golf affordable! With this membership, participants can play golf at hundreds of participating courses across the country for $5 or less.

Meadow Links The First Tee Fridays…For $5 all The First Tee participants may play Meadow Links on Friday afternoons. Bring your yardage book to show you are a The First Tee participant. Take advantage of this and join your kids for a round of golf!

Be sure to check out the 6 area Cincinnati Recreation Commission Golf Courses, 3 of which are First Tee teaching locations. Each course has special rates for juniors. Check out their website here for more information and to book your tee time.


INTERNSHIPS for current participants

First Tee GCNKY offers paid internships as an opportunity to help ready students for future employment and allow them to develop and reinforce The First Tee life skills and core values. The working experience will allow coaching interns to develop workplace skills such as leadership, public speaking, planning/organization and establish connections with chapter head coaches, volunteers, parents, board members and students that may help them build a “go to team.”

To apply, students must have achieved Eagle level or higher and be at least 16 years old. He/she must also have a clear understanding of The First Tee mission and core values, and an ability to communicate comfortably and work with chapter staff, teaching pros and volunteers. Internships are available spring, summer and fall sessions.

Please review the job description within the application package below. Students interested in applying should submit their application to Jeanne Siegel via email to at Jeanne@TheFirstTeeGCNKY.org or by mail to 4747 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

Coaching Intern Application

junior coach program

The Junior Coach Program is designed to help students in their preparation for college placement and the workplace for the future.  The Junior Coach Program allows First Tee participants to apply the skills they are learning and assist other members and programs at First Tee Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. There are 3 levels to the Junior Coach Program:

Junior Coach Levels
 Bronze  Silver  Gold (Interns)
Duties include attending Events and helping with Special Projects Aid Head Coaches in PLAYer level classes; help with Events and/or Special Projects Paid position assisting in classes and special projects
 – Must be at least 9 yrs old  – Must be at least 13 yrs old  – Must be at least 16 yrs old
 – Must complete an Essay   – Must be in at least Birdie   – Must be in at least Birdie
  – Must complete an Essay   – Must complete an Application

Interested in applying the skills you learn at First Tee? Every participant applying to become a Junior Coach must complete the following documents:

Step 1: Complete the Junior Coach Application. If applying for an internship, complete the Junior Coach Intern Application.

Step 2: Download and complete the appropriate Essay (Bronze and Silver levels only) for your age. Return to Jeanne@TheFirstTeeGCNKY.org or mail to 4747 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

Step 3:  First Tee Staff will contact you to discuss your volunteer interest and options.

first tee Competitions

The Sportsmanship Challenge of Southwestern Ohio

The Sportsmanship Challenge of Southwest Ohio is a Ryder Cup style event between The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley and The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. Each chapter selects representatives for their team.

In order to be selected to represent Team First Tee-GCNKY, students must be Birdie level or higher and enrolled in 2020 classes.



First tee new orleans national tournament

In 2019, we were invited to participate in First Tee New Orleans National Tournament where 4 of our participants competed alongside one hundred 12-18 year-old First Tee participants from across the country. This two-day golf tournament took place on December 20th and 21st and included a welcome dinner along with several other events while not playing golf. There are several flights and a team component making this a really fun tournament for First Tee kids. We look forward to to it again in 2020!

Registration fee for students who are selected will be covered by the chapter. The hosting chapter, First Tee New Orleans will be providing additional details as we get closer to the event date including the availability of a discounted hotel rates and rental cars. Parents will be responsible for arranging travel and lodging for this event.  Stay tuned for additional details.

other area tours & competitions

  The LPGA Leadership Academy is for girls 13-18. Beginner to advanced golfers are welcome. Group exercises, expert led discussions, journaling and interaction with female executives and mentors help girls discover their unique strengths and leadership style. This year’s academy is being held June 15-16 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Learn more.


The Greater Cincinnati Golf Association‘s 1905 Junior Tour is one of the midwest’s biggest junior tours.  Go to www.gcga.org/junior-golf to register and sign up to play.



PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls, 13 and under, of all abilities! During the course of one game, teams play four 9-hole matches in a popular two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and creating a nurturing environment for learning the game. Coaches can also substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate. There are scholarships available for First Tee kids at some locations. If interested, please contact Jeanne Siegel by February 29.


Buckeye Junior Golf Tour is a regional Junior Golf Tour for serious golfers ages 10-19. They are 2 day, 36 hole events.  The First Tee students can join the tour for $25 using a First Tee coupon code.  If interested, email jeanne@thefirstteegcnky.org by March 30th. For more information on the Buckeye Junior Golf Tour events click here.


Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. Open to girls and boys ages 7-15.


AJGA aka American Junior Golf Association is dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.


Caddie Programs & Evans Scholarship

Caddying is a great summer job and a part of golf’s heritage. It can also be a valuable investment in your future. Use our 2020 Caddie Program Guide to learn more about caddie programs in our area. And click for info about Evans Caddie Scholarship.