golf tournament is biggest fundraiser of year for local THE first tee chapter

for immediate release: October 29, 2018

NORTON, Massachusetts – While golfers saw all sides of Mother Nature Monday at TPC Boston, nothing could have stopped the fun enjoyed by the 112 player field at the 12th Annual The First Tee of Massachusetts Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament was sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Par-Level sponsors Anderson, Bagley & Mayo Insurance and The Eric Kagan Family and Gold-Hole sponsors Alan Macdonald and The First Tee Family and The John D. Mineck Foundation, among many others who gave back to help grow the game of golf at the junior level.

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Played on the same 18-hole layout where Bryson DeChambeau edged Justin Rose in the annual Labor Day weekend Dell Technologies Championship this past September, the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoff Series, many friends in the golf community both near and far came out to support the local chapter of The First Tee junior golf program.

Monday’s golf tournament, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, netted key funds for the official charity of Mass Golf. Through Monday’s golf tournament and other fundraisers throughout the year, The First Tee of Massachusetts is able to provide the necessary resources and programs to help grow the game of golf for its youngest participants, as well as to bring the game to boys and girls who otherwise might not have the opportunity to pick up clubs and enjoy the many benefits of our great game.

Despite the changing weather and the tournament being held so late in the season, the sight of a nearly full field of golfers was especially promising to new The First Tee of Massachusetts Director of Operations, Kyle Harris, who helped lead the organization of the tournament and helped ensure smooth operation of the event.

“Today’s event was enjoyed by all and will help tremendously in our goals to help grow the great game of golf,” said Harris, who formerly served with The First Tee of Utah chapter before returning to his native state to assume the role as leader of the Massachusetts chapter this past summer.

“Today’s event and everything we do year round for the youth across Massachusetts wouldn’t be possible without the support of the very generous men and women who attend events like our annual golf tournament and who give back to ensure the success of our program. We are very grateful for all those who joined us at TPC Boston on Monday for this special event, as well as the generosity of our sponsors and our friends here at the club.”

Additionally, funds raised through Monday’s tournament will help once again help send The First Tee of Massachusetts participants to national events like The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy and the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach.

The First Tee of Massachusetts, headquartered out of Norton at The Links at Mass Golf with program facilities at five additional places around the Commonwealth, also uses its specialized programs to teach individuals many life lessons, called The First Tee Nine Core Values, through the game of golf.

With the 112 person field, Monday’s annual shotgun style tournament was once again a part of the Liberty Mutual Invitational Series, the nation’s top charity event in golf, attracting thousands of golfers across the country and mobilizing support for local charities in hundreds of American communities.

In addition to the support of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Par-Level sponsors Anderson, Bagley & Mayo Insurance and The Eric Kagan Family and Gold-Hole sponsors Alan Macdonald and The First Tee Family and The John D. Mineck Foundation, this year’s The First Tee of Massachusetts Golf Tournament would not have been possible without the many organizations, families and individuals who donated both time and money to ensure the success of the event.

They also include:

Silver Hole Sponsors (7)
• “To Die For” Brands
• The Links at Mass Golf
• The Ron and Sue Grodsky Family
• Sterling Golf Management
• The Friends of Mass Golf
• Golf Galaxy
• Dick’s Sporting Goods

Scholarship Sponsors (1)
• Peter Robbins

Additional Support Provided By
• KOHR Golf Center
• U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion Shannon Johnson and PING Golf
• Mass Golf
• Bose
• Cranberry Valley Golf Course
• The Cape Club of Sharon
• TPC Boston

The First Tee is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

For more information on the program, visit www.thefirstteemass.org.