Spring is Here and Programming is off to a Great Start

Written By: Zach Pretzer, Tournament Director

With Spring registration officially closed and classes all underway we wanted to give our First Tee — Upstate South Carolina community an idea of the programming numbers and the amount of kids we reach across the Upstate!

First off, lets take a look back at another record breaking year in 2023. The official number of participants that went though our program was 801! This goes down in our history books as another record broken for our chapter and we are so thankful for each and every participant! Within this number, we also reached a new personal best percentage of girls in our program. We had a goal to reach 40% of girls in our program and that target was met. If your family has a girl in our programming be sure they are registered for our LPGA/USGA Girls Golf program to receive invitations and emails for our Girls Only events!

Now into this year! Spring programming is underway and with the pace we are on, we are hoping to continue breaking records for our chapter. In just spring programming alone, we currently have 340 participants across the Upstate attending classes at local golf courses. Another exciting opportunity that is in the early stages, which will continue to grow in popularity is our classes that are hosted at Top Golf in Greenville. Over the Winter First Tee National and TopGolf agreed to a partnership and we jumped right in to host classes at this awesome facility. If you haven’t experienced TopGolf go check it out!

Lastly, we are continuing to build on our expansion into new counties across the upstate. If you missed it, we actually have an article specifically focused on our recent expansions. However, we wanted to touch on the success we have had at Cross Creek Plantation down in Oconee County. First Tee — Upstate South Carolina Board Member and Head Professional Steve Goforth welcomed our programming at the golf course and it continues to grow under Lead Coach Davis Sires! Recently, we unveiled our new program location sign and cannot wait to see how the county continues to utilize our programming!