PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT | October 2017 – CORE VALUE: Courtesy
considerate behavior toward others; a polite remark or gesture
A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Players also should be still and quiet while others are preparing and performing a shot.
Braden is a 6th grade student at Three Lakes Middle School. Braden started with The First Tee in 2017 and is currently at the Par level of the program. Braden is active playing in North Texas PGA events throughout the year. Braden is quick to help those around him and displays the highest of courtesy. We are proud of Braden!
Sidney is a sixth grade student at Athens Christian Academy. Sidney started with The First Tee in 2013 and is currently at the Par level of the program. Sidney plays on the North Texas PGA junior circuit as well as other national events including the US Kids Junior World Championship this summer. Sidney assists with PLAYer classes and is very helpful to her coaches. We are proud of Sidney!
PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT | August 2017 – CORE VALUE: Respect
to feel or show deferential regard for; esteem
In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honor and traditions of the game.
Dylan is a 5th grade participant from Owens Elementary. Dylan is a Birdie level participant that joined The First Tee in early 2016. Dylan shows respect by helping others around him and taking care of his great grandmother. Dylan was recently featured on the Golf Channel this past spring, highlighting his passion for golf and how he treats others. We are proud of Dylan!
Kenzie is a 5th grade student at Lindale Intermediate. Kenzie is a Par level participant and very active in the Lindale community. Kenzie shows respect by being kind to others and complimenting those around her. Kenzie participates and competes in the North Texas PGA. We are proud of Kenzie!
PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT | June 2017 – CORE VALUE: Confidence
reliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance
Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that one achieves.
Players can increase confidence in their abilities by being positive and focusing on something they are doing well regardless of the outcome.
Luke is a 3rd grader at Troup ISD. Luke has been involved with The First Tee of Greater Tyler for two years and just recently completed his PLAYer certification to move to Par! Luke displays confidence on the course by keeping a positive attitude regardless of how he is playing. Luke also participates in PGA Junior League. We are very proud of Luke!
Allison is a 5th grade student at Troup ISD. Allison has been involved with The First Tee since 2015 and is currently at the Par level. Allison also participates in PGA Junior League. Allison displays the core value of confidence by increasing her practice time on the course. We are very proud of Allison!
PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT | May 2017 – CORE VALUE: responsibility
accounting for one’s actions; dependable
Players are responsible for their actions on the golf course. It is up to them to keep score,
repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green, and keep up with the pace of play.
Luke is a 6th grade student at Holloway Middle School in Whitehouse. Luke has been with The First Tee of Greater Tyler since 2014 and is currently a Birdie Level participant. Luke shows responsibility on the course by being prepared with all of his equipment, replacing divots, and keeping up with his pace of play. He is an honor roll student and is responsible in getting his work done in a timely manner. We are proud of Luke!
Faith is an 8th grade student at Bullard Junior High. Faith has been with The First Tee since 2013 and is a Birdie level participant. Faith serves as a junior coach on Saturdays, assisting with the Lil Chipper’s and PLAYer classes, along with attending her own classes in the afternoons. She is responsible in showing up to work on time and assisting with the class set up. We are proud of Faith!
PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT | apr 2017 – CORE VALUE: perseverance
to persist in an idea, purpose or task despite obstacles
To succeed in golf, players must continue through bad breaks and
their own mistakes, while learning from past experiences.
William is a 6th grade student at Nichols Intermediate with Jacksonville ISD. William has lived in the United States for two years, being adopted by his parents Tiffany and Mark Alexander of Jacksonville. William has shown much perseverance in his willingness to adjust to a new culture as well as the hard work he has put into becoming a Par level participant with The First Tee! We are proud of William!
Sheridan is a 4th grade student at Owens Elementary. Sheridan started with The First Tee in March of 2016 during a spring break camp. Sheridan has worked very hard through her time in the program and is now a Par level participant. Sheridan has a very strong work ethic as she dedicated herself to being at the course almost every day to practice. Sheridan competes in the PGA Junior League series with The Tyler Titans and recently helped The Greater Tyler chapter win The Pot of Gold Cup. We are proud of you Sheridan!
PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT | Mar 2017 – CORE VALUE: integrity
strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct;
personal honesty and independence
Golf is a game of etiquette and composure. Players are responsible for their actions and personal
conduct on the golf course even at times when others may not be looking.
K’yambria is a 5th grade student at Orr Elementary. K’yambria has been involved with The First Tee since 2013. She is currently a Par level participant and recently helped The Greater Tyler chapter retain the Pot of Gold Cup. K’yambria is active with The North Texas PGA Junior Golf and with The PGA Junior League Series. K’yambria displays integrity through her demeanor on the course, always smiling and maintaining a positive attitude through good and bad shots. K’yambria is an honor roll student and does more than she is asked by her teachers.
Alexander is a 4th grade student at Jack Elementary. Alexander has been involved with The First Tee of Greater Tyler for three years, moving up to the Par level in 2016. Alexander enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. Alexander displays integrity on the golf course by calling penalties on himself when it seems no one is watching. Alexander is very attentive to his school work and always gets his work done on time.
PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT | Feb 2017 – CORE VALUE: HONESTY
the quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive
Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call
penalties on themselves and report their own score.
These two participants have displayed honesty throughout their time with The First Tee of Greater Tyler, honorably calling penalties on themselves or being truthful when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their skills. The First Tee of Greater Tyler congrats these players for exemplifying the core value of honesty!
Katelyn Henslee is in 4th grade at Rusk Elementary School. Katelyn is very active with dance and competes throughout the state. Katelyn joined The First Tee of Greater Tyler in 2015 and is currently at the Par level of the program. Katelyn was a recipient of the Honesty award in 2016 due to her everyday demonstration of being honest with her coaches, teachers, and peers on and off the course.
Charles Lu is in 8th grade at Hubbard Middle School where he is highly involved with band. Charles has been a member of The First Tee of Greater Tyler since 2013 and is currently at the Birdie level of the program. Charles was a recipient of the Honesty award in 2016 for his demonstration of being honest with his peers, family, coaches, and playing competitors while on the golf course.