WATSON GOLF MENTOR PROGRAM
In addition to golf lessons for children ages 7 to 18, we also run the Watson Golf Mentor Program, which links kids with a mentor to play area golf courses at no cost. Watson Golf Mentor Program is a program that gives kids the ability to be linked up with a mentor and play area golf courses for free (paid for by the WGMP). Developed and structured by Tom Watson, the WGMP was designed to help promote the game of golf, impact a young person’s life, and create lifetime golfers!
Season: WGMP season will occur from mid-May through mid-October. 22 weeks.
Golf Courses: All rounds are 9 holes played on a variety of 11 different golf courses. Six hole par 3 course, nine hole par 3 golf course, and full 9 hole golf course.
Players: Children generally between the ages of 11 and 18 who have some golf playing experience. Players will enroll online and choose a desired tee time at one of the participating golf courses. Tee times will be open 2 weeks before date and time. A player can sign up individually or with a group of friends. Signup coming soon!
Mentors: Mentors will be experienced golfers ranging from ages 20 and older. Background checks and Safe Sport will be required by every mentor. Mentors will go through an orientation regarding supervision, pace of play, and other items pertinent to the program.
Mentor Enrollment: Mentors will enroll online.
Fees: The WGMP will pay the fees for both the mentor and the players. Players who are enrolled in the YOC program must first inform the WGMP Director and get it cleared by the participating golf course. Players who are not already enrolled in YOC through First Tee or otherwise will be enrolled through their WGMP registration process.
Participating Golf Courses:
• Ironhorse Golf Course • Fred Arabanas Golf Course
•Heart of America Golf Course • Sunflower Hills Golf Course
• Minor Park Golf Course • Lady Sykes Golf Course
• Hodge Park Golf Course
First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do.
Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.
Your involvement can directly impact the kids we serve and the skills they develop in First Tee. Get involved today and help give kids the tools that will last them a lifetime.