Extra First Tee Benefits
Thanks to corporate partners and generous donors, First Tee Headquarter is able to offer participants a variety of scholarship, leadership and golf opportunities. The selection process is competitive and prestigious but the awards and events often become life-changing experiences for 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 2021 First Tee HQ Participant Opportunities Guide was developed by our Chapter to summarize 2021 opportunities and provide descriptions, timing, eligibility and other pertinent information about each event. Contact Alex Hill, for more information. 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 First Tee, and in their communities. 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.
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 Birdie, Eagle or Ace levels. Memberships for 2021 will open March 15.
Discounted Playing Opportunities
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.
First Tee – Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky offers paid internships as an opportunity to help ready students for future employment and allow them to develop and reinforce 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 First Tee mission and core values, and an ability to communicate comfortably and work with chapter staff, head coaches, golf instructors 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 Alex Hill via email to at Alex@FirstTeeGCNKY.org or by mail to 4747 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45226.
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|
|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 2: Download and complete the appropriate Essay (Bronze and Silver levels only) for your age. Return to Alex@FirstTeeGCNKY.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.
Other Area Leagues and Competitions
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. Although the tournament will not take place in 2020, we look forward for its return in 2021!
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.
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.
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.
Become a Caddie!
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.