Maury County Public Schools welcomes youth golf program

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First Tee Tennessee is carried out with the goals of strengthens character and lifelong lessons including understanding and managing emotions, resolving conflicts, planning for the future and appreciating diversity.
First Tee Tennessee is carried out with the goals of strengthens character and lifelong lessons including understanding and managing emotions, resolving conflicts, planning for the future and appreciating diversity.

Maury County Public Schools is moving forward with a partnership that will introduce skills through the game of golf for the county's students.

The Tennessee Golf Foundation is launching its Tennessee First Tee Program within Maury County Public Schools.

Alongside community partners, the effort has led to the development of a putting green located between Baker Elementary School and Whitthorne Middle School in Columbia.

"We are based in Franklin, but we try to impact kids from Bristol to Memphis and every place in between," said Scott Flynn, the Vice President of Operations for the Tennessee Golf Foundation, during a recent school board work session.

The Tennessee Golf Foundation is a charitable affiliate of the Tennessee PGA Section and Tennessee Golf Association.

Hosted with the participation of hundreds of schools and community centers, is the nation's largest junior golf initiative, Flynn said.

"Golf is the fun part, but the essence of the program is life skills development," Flynn said. "They have taken a fun game and every single class lesson ties back to those core values."

Founded in 1990, the vision of the TGF is to impact Tennessee youth and the state's disadvantaged through the game of golf. The Tennessee Golf Foundation is funded solely through private individuals and corporate donations, memorials, special events and contributions from Golf House Tennessee organizations.

The First Tee Tennessee is currently operating at 36 positions across the state. It provides about $70,000 in scholarships each year to college bound gradates who have participated in the program.
The First Tee Tennessee is currently operating at 36 positions across the state. It provides about $70,000 in scholarships each year to college bound gradates who have participated in the program.

The Tennessee First Tee program is carried out with the goals of strengthening character and instilling lifelong lessons, including understanding and managing emotions, resolving conflicts, planning for the future and appreciating diversity.

Flynn said the greater Columbia community is poised to see the program spark new interest and other initiatives in Maury County.

"We have the interest and the critical mass here," Flynn said. "Our hope is to fulfill students and offer empowerment."

Offered to students ages five through high school, participants progress through levels by demonstrating inner strength, character, and the life and golf skills they have learned.

The First Tee Tennessee is currently operating at 36 positions across the state.

It provides about $70,000 in scholarships each year to college bound gradates, who have participated in the program.

"We look forward to working together and appreciate the new facility at Baker," said Michael Fulbright, chair of the county's board of education. "We look forward to it."

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