General Information

2020 Program Orientation

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Yardage Book PDF Versions:

PLAYer Yardage Book

PAR Yardage Book

BIRDIE Yardage Book

EAGLE Yardage Book

Certification Requirements:

Junior Links – non-certifying level

Player
24 hours of Player Level programming
Pass 80% of Life Skills & Golf Skills written assessment
Yardage book completed (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – play days within session will satisfy needs
Putting – 9 holes in a safe, timely manner – no score requirement

Player 12-18
May certify out of Player after one session
Participant will receive hours from this session towards Par
See Player certification requirements

Player 12-18 on High School Teams
May certify out of Player & Par after one session
See Player and Par certification requirements

Par
36 hours of Par Level programming
Pass 80% of Life Skills & Golf Skills written assessment
Yardage book completed (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – play days within session will satisfy needs
Putting – 9 holes with a score of 27 or less
Up/Down – 3 holes with a score of 12 or less
Fairways Hit – 2 of 6

Birdie
48 hours of Par Level programming
Pass 80% of Life Skills & Golf Skills written assessment
Yardage book – minimum of 2 activities completed for each Core Lesson (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – Five 9-hole rounds, score of 63 or under 1900-2500 yards
Putting – 9 holes with a score of 25 or less
Up/Down – 6 holes with a score of 21 or less
Greens Hit – 3 of 6 from 50-75 yards

Eagle
60 Hours minimum
Pass 80% of Life Skills & Golf Skills written assessment
Yardage book – minimum of 2 activities completed for each core lesson (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – Ten 18-hole rounds, score of 108 or under, 5000-6000 yards
Putting – 9 holes with a score of 21 or less
Up/Down – 9 holes with a score of 30 or less
Greens Hit – 3 of 6 from 80-100 yards
Fairways Hit – 3 of 6 with 35 yard fairway at 150 yards minimum distance

ACE
Minimum age of 14 or entering 9th grade
There is no certification for the ACE level
Participants work to complete 4 different projects

Car Talk

Car Talk is a great tool for parents and other adults to interact with the participants and to review the Life Skills and golf skills that they learned in class. Car Talk is a quick overview of what participants learned during a lesson and guiding questions to help reinforce the Life Skills, golf skills, and Core Values off of the golf course and/or away from the First Tee. Parents can ask questions in the car ride home, at the table, or at other appropriate moments.

We know that young people don’t automatically transfer what they have learned at the First Tee to other areas of their lives. Although each class at the First Tee ends with a “bridge to life” wrap up, this is not enough by itself to ensure behavior change takes place away from the First Tee. By providing a tool for parents to engage their children in Car Talk, we can further increase the probability that participants will be able to apply the life skills and core values at home and in other areas of their lives.

The Car Talk topics for each week of the session will be posted on this page for the upcoming week. In addition, please feel free to review any past week’s Car Talk topics.

Player Car Talk Topics

Par  Car Talk Topics

Birdie Car Talk Topics

Eagle Car Talk Topics