Thursday, July 27, 2017

The First Tee of West Virginia Expands Youth Development Programs to Oglebay

(WHEELING, W.Va.) – Oglebay announces that it will serve as home to the newly established Wheeling chapter of The First Tee of West Virginia, expanding the youth development organization’s mission to create “Good Golfers. Better People.” in the Mountain State.

The First Tee is an internationally-acclaimed organization dedicated to providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

“The First Tee’s impact extends far beyond the golf course,” says Director and Coach of the Wheeling chapter Shane Rice. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact this organization has on young people and the surrounding community. We are excited to provide these same opportunities to Wheeling.”

Rice previously served as the Director of Golf of The First Tee of Pittsburgh for seven years. Rice is a Level I Coach certified by The First Tee, as well as the Head Golf Professional at Oglebay.

This summer from July 24 to September 2, The First Tee at Oglebay will offer two program levels to area youth. For children ages 5-7, the Little General Juniors will teach children the fundamentals of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct. The Little General Juniors meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

For children ages 8 and up, the PLAYer levels (PLAYer 1, PLAYer 2 & PLAYer 3) establish the foundation for youth to become lifelong PLAYers of the sport. Offered on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m.

The PLAYer levels also introduce The First Tee’s Nine Core Values into each lesson: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. These ideals represent many of the inherently positive traits associated with golf.

Billy Casper Golf, which oversees golf operations at Oglebay, supports The First Tee and numerous other junior golf initiatives as part of its commitment to growing the game.

In 2016, The First Tee served more than 5.3 million young people at more than 1,200 golf facilities.

For additional information about Oglebay:, 800.624.6988.

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