Since 2000, the San Joaquin Junior Golf Foundation has provided area youth with free golf lessons and equipment at our weekly golf clinics for kids, ages 7-17. We have been fortunate to have great support from the Pacific Golf Team as well as former Stockton and Lincoln High School product Ricky Barnes who stars on the PGA Tour.
As our kids will tell you, The First Tee of San Joaquin is an amazing program. We hope that you will join us in continuing to open new doors for our local youth.
“I used to have very poor judgement. The First Tee of San Joaquin helped me look at other options I have instead of taking the gamble. This applies both on and off the course. Judgement was what shaved at least 10 strokes.”
“Respect is very important. Without respect it would be a world with no rules or cops. Respect other people the way you want to be treated.”
“Sportsmanship is a Core Value that helped me a lot. Before, when I first started playing, I didn’t care about the rules. I cheated a lot and didn’t show fairness. When The First Tee of San Joaquin showed me this Core Value, I learned a lot. Now I follow the rules and respect the people I play with.”
Years Established: Over six years as the San Joaquin Golf Foundation
To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
The First Tee Network
Since 1997, The First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United States and select international locations. In 2016, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 5.3 million young people. How did we get here?
IT ALL STARTED WITH A QUESTION:
Why don’t more kids play golf?
In 1997, a partnership among the LGPA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA looked to make that question a thing of the past. To find the answer, they formed The First Tee.
The First Tee started as a way to bring an affordable junior golf program to youth and communities that did not have them. What The First Tee soon discovered was that blending the rules of the game with life and leadership skills, kids and teens didn’t just learn how to putt – they were learning important values.