2020 National Opportunities

The First Tee doesn’t just get kids on the course, it offers them exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of The First Tee national corporate partners, more advanced participants can apply to attend these golf and leadership events. These opportunities often become life-changing experiences allowing them to meet new people, play some golf, achieve greatness, and show off our Nine Core Values. Return completed applications to our Director of Programming, Ron Castillo, at ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org. PLEASE NOTE: Hard copy applications must be submitted to and approved by Coach Ron prior to submitting an online application. Minimum eligibility requirements apply.

WELLS FARGO SUCCEEDING TOGETHER 

Teenage participants can compete through an essay contest for the opportunity to attend the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Four winners are selected, with the grand prize winner receiving the opportunity to play in the pro-am with the PGA TOUR player of their choice. Learn More
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Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, February 24th (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Tuesday, March 3rd
Field Announced:
Tuesday, March 24th
Event Location: Charlotte, NC
Event Date:
Tuesday, April 28th – Monday, May 4th

JOHN DEERE DRIVE YOUR FUTURE ACADEMY (Girls only)

This all-girls event will focus on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork. Learn more
Application Released: Tuesday, January 28th
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, March 23rd (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, March 30th
Field Announced:
Tuesday, April 28th
Event Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Date:
Monday, June 8th – Friday, June 12th

First Tee national championship

This event is new for 2020 and will feature 72 of the top golfers from The First Tee Network. Applicants will be selected solely off of their golf ability with prioritized criteria being Rolex AJGA Ranking, Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking, and Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Ranking. Stay tuned for more information. 
Application Released: Tuesday, January 28th
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, March 23rd (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, March 30th
Field Announced:
Tuesday, April 28th
Event Location: Clemson, SC
Event Date: Sunday, June 21st – Friday, June 26th

PERFECT SENSE UNIFIED CHALLENGE

The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge is a Ryder Cup team event with junior golfers from The First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country. Learn more
Application Released: Tuesday, January 28th
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, March 23rd (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, March 30th
Field Announced:
Tuesday, April 28th
Event Location: Washington, D.C.
Event Date:
Monday, June 22nd – Friday, June 26th

JOHN DEERE POWER FOR GOOD SCHOLARSHIP

Participants will submit a written essay focusing on how the students are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and/or neighborhoods. Two essay applicants will each receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship and a VIP experience at the John Deere Classic. Learn more
Application Released: Tuesday, January 28th
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, March 23rd (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, March 30th
Field Announced:
Tuesday, April 28th
Event Location: Silvis, IL
Event Date:
Sunday, July 5th – Friday, July 10th

Joe Louis barrow jr. LIFE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Each summer, 96 participants from the chapter network are selected to attend the week-long academy. They participate in championship golf and life skill development, are challenged to lead others and explore college life including dorm living and creating a network of new friends. Learn More
Application Released:
Tuesday, February 25th
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, April 20th (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, April 27th
Field Announced:
Tuesday, May 26th
Event Location: Boise, ID
Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 15th – Tuesday, July 21st

COCA-COLA AMERICA’S FUTURE

Coca-Cola Company offers five participants the chance to experience working at one of the largest corporations in the world. The semifinalists spend four days in downtown Atlanta visiting the Coca-Cola campus, attending new hire training, and taking part in interviews to determine the winner of a scholarship. Held in conjunction with The TOUR Championship. Learn More
Application Released:
Tuesday, April 28th
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, March 22nd (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, June 29th
Field Announced:
Tuesday, July 28th
Event Location: Atlanta, GA
Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 26th – Saturday, August 29th

PURE INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP IMPACTING THE FIRST TEE

An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the tournament pairs top participants from The First Tee with a PGA TOUR Champions player and amateurs. To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf ability and life skills knowledge. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel. Learn More
Application Released:
Tuesday, February 25th
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, March 20th (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, April 27th
Field Announced:
Early July
Event Location: Pebble Beach, CA
Event Date: Tuesday, September 15th – Monday, September 21st

youth leadership summit

This event takes place every two years and features 28 youth participants from across the country. While at the Summit, selected participants will research and create a service project designed to impact their local First Tee chapter. Learn More 
Application Released:
Tuesday, June 23rd
Chapter Application Deadline:
Monday, August 17th (email to ron@thefirstteenorthflorida.org)
First Tee HQ Application Deadline:
Monday, August 24th
Field Announced:
Tuesday, September 22nd
Event Location: San Diego, CA
Event Date: Wednesday, November 18th – Saturday, November 21st

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