First Tee Program Gets Big Financial Boost


The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association have each extended their financial support of The First Tee program by four years, National Director Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. announced.
The PGA of America's commitment will run through 2005 and allocate a total of $7 million to the program, including $3 million in chapter-specific teaching grants. The USGA's allocation will total $7.7 million, $3.7 million of which will benefit the individual chapters. Their commitment will run through the year 2004.
The First Tee program was created by the World Golf Foundation in November of 1997. Its goal was the introduction of golf and its positive values to children who might not otherwise have access to the game.
Since its creation in '97, the program has gained national recognition and has opened 49 First Tee facilities, with another 83 currently in development.
By 2005, the organization hopes to have 250 operating facilities.
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