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Old Sport Golf is proud to be affiliated with the First Tee Program of Southeast Missouri.  Rick Hetzel has been trained as an Assistant Coach for the First Tee Program and works with local Coordinator Gregg Choate and other Assistant Coaches to provide First Tee Training for local youth at several different locations throughout Southeast Missouri.

YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE FIRST TEE APPLICATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.  PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS!



The First Tee Nine Core Values    


The First Tee has established Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf.  These Nine Core Values have been incorporated into The First Tee Experience and have been used to name golf holes at several of The First Tee facilities.

  1. Honesty - the quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive
    Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves.

  2. Integrity -strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct. Personal honesty and independence. 
    Golf is a game of honesty, etiquette and composure. You are responsible for your actions and personal conduct on the golf course.

  3. Sportsmanship- observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace.
    You must know and abide by the rules of golf and be able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner. 

  4. Respect- to feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
    In golf, it is important to show respect for yourself, your partners, your opponents and the golf course as well as for the honor and traditions of the game.

  5. Confidence- reliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance
    Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that you achieve. You must have confidence in your abilities every time you play.

  6. Responsibility- accounting for one’s actions; dependable.
    In golf, you are responsible for yourself and your actions on the golf course. It is up to you to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green and keep up with the pace of play.

  7. Perseverance - to persist in an idea, purpose or task despite obstacles.
    To succeed in golf, you must learn to persevere through bad breaks and your own mistakes.

  8. Courtesy - considerate behavior toward others. A polite remark or gesture.
    A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Show courtesy toward others by remaining still and quiet while they prepare and execute a shot. 

  9. Judgment - the ability to make a decision or form an opinion. A decision reached after consideration. 
    Using good judgment is critical in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance, the type of shot you consider executing, as well as understanding and abiding by etiquette.
  10. The First Tee Life Skills Experience


    Through Life Skills Experience, participants learn valuable lessons about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude; how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences and how to define and set goals from the golf course to everyday life.
     
    These lessons for life are taught through a variety of golf-related activities designed with the primary goal of having fun.

    Participants learn about themselves and others through a range of experiences enhancing their golf skills as well as their fundamental values for life. As their opportunities on the golf course expand, so do the opportunities for their futures.

    All participants receive The First Tee Card so their progress can be observed as they advance through The First Tee certification levels of Par, Birdie, Eagle, and Ace. Each stage introduces young people to different aspects of golf and life skills.

     
    The lessons learned through the Life Skills Experience are lessons that will remain with young people well into their future, regardless of how long they play golf as a recreation.

     

    For more information on how you may enroll your child in the First Tee Program, contact Rick Hetzel at 573-270-0090.


     PLEASE NOTE:  OUR NEW MAILING ADDRESS IS:

    THE FIRST TEE OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
    PO BOX 322
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO 63701
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Rick Hetzel,
Sep 5, 2009, 9:07 AM