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Tee Up In Gym Class

In elementary schools in our community and across the United States, many students are teeing off for the first time thanks to First Tee School Program, bringing our curriculum to your child’s gym during physical education class. By teaching elementary students First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits, we’re putting them on the course to a healthy and active lifestyle. https://www.youtube.com/embed/eLUKN26AeA8

Lesson Plan

First Tee School Program gives gym teachers and physical educators the tools to get started. We provide the training, junior golf lesson plans, and equipment.

Our Mission

  • Create a safe introduction to golf for today’s students and teachers.
  • Ensure that golf education meets the same national standards developed by the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).
  • Help students build character and confidence through the positive personal and social values associated with the game.
  • Show students that golf can be a great part of a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Make the positive values of golf a part of the classroom and students’ everyday lives.
Interested in sponsoring a local elementary school?  First Tee School Program is the perfect platform to reach an average of 500 children per elementary school at a moderate cost of $8.00 per student.  The one-time cost includes teacher training, NASPE-sanctioned curriculum/lesson plans, and developmentally appropriate golf equipment that is fun and safe for students in a large group setting.  When our children succeed so does our community!  For more information, contact Michael Pius, PGA Executive Director at 864-395-0013 ext. 1 or [email protected]

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First Tee - Upstate South Carolina Team Challenge

Each year, we host competitions for four 4th grade students to compete against other schools in their county. Below are pictures from the latest Team Challenges! To view pictures from past Team Challenges, click here.

Congratulations to 2019 Team Challenge Winners!

Spartanburg Districts 1-2 : OP Earle Elementary

Spartanburg Districts 3-7 : Pine Street Elementary

Cherokee County : Northwest Elementary

Thank you to our sponsors Bojangles, Coca-Cola and PwC for your continued support of these wonderful events for our young people!  .           We are proud to recognize the First Tee - Upstate School Program sponsors! SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 7 HOUSTON sponsored by Brett and Randi Berry honoring Principal Tommy Stokes JESSE BOYD sponsored by Dan Dunn, NAI Earle Furman and Rick Dunn Construction Company PINE STREET sponsored by the Pine Street School Foundation CLEVELAND ACADEMY OF LEADERSHIP sponsored by Wofford College and Spartanburg School District 7 E P TODD sponsored by BB&T MARY H. WRIGHT sponsored by Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Foundation and Spartanburg School District 7 CHAPMAN sponsored by CHAPMAN PTO and Spartanburg School District 7 SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 OAKLAND sponsored by the Walmart Foundation BOILING SPRINGS INTERMEDIATE sponsored by J M Smith Corporation BOILING SPRINGS ELEMENTARY sponsored by Mary Black Foundation MAYO sponsored in honor of past, present, and future teachers serving the children of Mayo CHESNEE sponsored by Caman Group, Inc. HENDRIX sponsored by Clipper Petroleum Foundation/Exxon on the Run CARLISLE-FOSTER'S GROVE sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Cherry COOLEY SPRINGS-FINGERVILLE sponsored by Benefit Resources and Planning SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 PACOLET sponsored by the Walmart Foundation COWPENS sponsored by Cathy & Don Reynolds in memory of Jack "Frosty" Reynolds CANNONS sponsored by Brenda Adair in memory of Bennie Adair CLIFDALE sponsored by Dunagin Heating & Air, Founders Credit Union, Spartanburg School District 3 SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 6 WEST VIEW sponsored by the Walmart Foundation LONE OAK sponsored by Phil Roper honoring Lone Oak Alumni ROEBUCK sponsored by Mary Black Foundation PAULINE-GLENN SPRINGS sponsored by Covaris (formerly Exopack) JESSE BOBO sponsored by Spartanburg Regional Foundation WOODLAND HEIGHTS sponsored by The Creek Golf Club ANDERSON MILL sponsored by Todd & Vicki Whitehead FAIRFOREST sponsored by Clipper Petroleum Foundation/Exxon on the Run ARCADIA sponsored by Rotary Club of Spartanburg SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 INMAN ELEMENTARY sponsored by Inman Mills CAMPOBELLO-GRAMLING sponsored by Mary Black Foundation INMAN INTERMEDIATE sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities/McDonald's of Inman HOLLY SPRINGS-MOTLOW sponsored by Linda & Gary McHam O. P. EARLE sponsored by Linda & Gary McHam in memory of Lorene McHam SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 WOODRUFF PRIMARY sponsored by Inman Mills WOODRUFF ELEMENTARY sponsored by Inman Mills SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 5 REIDVILLE sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas/McDonald's of Duncan RIVER RIDGE sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas/McDonald's of Duncan BERRY SHOALS INTERMEDIATE sponsored in memory of Guy "Dennis" Gardner ABNER CREEK ACADEMY sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities/McDonald's of Duncan CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT GRASSY POND sponsored by The Hamrick Mills Foundation LIMESTONE-CENTRAL sponsored by Ben & Barbara Taylor and Beth Taylor Lackey in loving memory of Ben E. "Benji" Taylor, Jr. BLACKSBURG ELEMENTARY sponsored Anonymously B D LEE sponsored by J Grady Randolph, Inc. CORINTH sponsored by J Grady Randolph, Inc. MARY BRAMLETT sponsored by J Grady Randolph, Inc. LUTHER VAUGHAN sponsored by Cherokee County Community Foundation GOUCHER sponsored by Brown Packing Company ALMA sponsored by J. Grady Randolph, Inc. DRAYTONVILLE sponsored by J. Grady Randolph, Inc. NORTHWEST sponsored by First Piedmont Federal and Josh Queen honoring Jackie & Jane Queen BLACKSBURG PRIMARY sponsored by Cherokee County School District SC SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND sponsored by Sertoma Clubs of SC and The Walker Foundation