FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 29, 2020
NORTON, Massachusetts – The First Tee Of Massachusetts Charity Tournament has been sold out for 14 straight years, and 2020 is no exception.
This year’s tournament will take place Monday, November 2 at TPC Boston in Norton, the host site of the PGA TOUR’s The Northern Trust. This one-day golf outing serves as a major fundraising event for First Tee of Massachusetts, a youth golf organization that has provided crucial golf skills, life lessons, and social interactions for thousands of youth throughout the Bay State. The tournament helps provide access and resources to keep the program strong in the future.
“Despite everything that 2020 challenged us with, First Tee of Massachusetts has continued to thrive and I could not be more proud of what our chapter was able to accomplish,” said Kyle Harris, Director of Operations for First Tee of Massachusetts. “The level of commitment from our coaches, staff, participants and their parents was incredible, and we are so thankful for the amazing support we received from our many donors and sponsors, including those playing in our fundraiser tournament.”
Monday, November 2, 2020
At TPC Boston, Norton
10 a.m.: Player Check-In
11 a.m.: Shotgun Start
Post-Golf: Prizes, awards
The First Tee Charity Tournament wouldn’t have the impact it has today without support from its generous sponsors. Learn more about our BIRDIE Level Sponsors and please support them.
As the largest, independent and privately-owned insurance agency in North Central Massachusetts, ABM Insurance creates the optimal protection plan for your current workforce, commercial vehicles, and business property, as well as for the journey that lies ahead.
Antonelli Professional Resources, Ltd. is an appraisal and marketing firm serving the Multi-Family Housing Industry in New England for more than 20 years, specializing in meeting the appraisal needs of owners and managers of affordable rental housing. As avid golfers, the firm is committed to continuing our support of the First Tee.
microMetal Technologies, Inc.
microMetal Technologies, Inc. specializes in chemical manufacturing process that plates thin layers of various metal onto wire filaments. microMetal’s metalized yarn is utilized across the aerospace and defense industry primarily in Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding.
RTD Logistics (http://RTDLogistics.com), headquartered in Allston, is an express delivery & logistics service provider with 35 years of experience. RTD provides on-time deliveries 24/7 365 days a year to accommodate everything from early-morning to late-night client needs. A trusted resource for handling bank deposits, legal documents, and medical transport, RTD is led by president/ founder Scott C. Baker, a member of the Mass Golf Board of Directors.
ROVA (http://rovahq.com) a revolutionary on-demand delivery platform, provides 24/7 access to independent drivers for on-demand, same-day delivery of packages with live real-time tracking. The ROVA model provides insurance, full transparency, real-time updates, payments and tracking at the customer’s fingertips, and is designed with the drivers in mind.
The Helen G. Hauben Foundation
Based out of Littleton, the Helen G. Hauben Foundation provides grants and sponsorships for local programs, especially for youth literacy and education initiatives. Bruce Hauben, of Littleton, named the organization after his late mother.
The First Tee Charity Tournament also would like to thank the following Par Sponsors: PGA TOUR Superstore, John D. Mineck Foundation, The Wampatuck Country Club Ladies League, and the Alan MacDonald Family.
During the early months of the COVID-19 Pandemic, First Tee of Massachusetts offered an affordable, six-week virtual classes program that was conducted over Google Classroom as an alternative to Spring Programs.
As the school year ended, new protocols were adopted by First Tee coaches to prepare for summer programming, which began July 6 at most of its seven on-course locations statewide. On-course classes also took place this fall.
“This year more than ever, what we offer at our programs – a safe and encouraging environment for youth to learn golf, crucial life skills, and have safe social interactions – was needed, and we were able to deliver on it because of the support we received internally and externally,” Kyle Harris said.
The day before The Northern Trust began, Charlie Hoffman represented First Tee of Massachusetts in The Northern Trust Charity Challenge. Hoffman played a Wolf-style with three other PGA TOUR players will and finished tied for second place to take earn a split prize of $62,500 for the First Tee.
As part of the national First Tee program’s partnership agreement with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and PGA TOUR Superstore, a $9.5 million grant was given to help the First Tee reach to more children across the U.S. and strengthen the curriculum for its participants. First Tee of Massachusetts received $15,000 as part of its share of the grant on October 3.
In 2003, Mass Golf was selected by The First Tee to join its national network with the goal of bringing an affordable junior golf program to youth and communities that did not have them.
Since that time, Mass Golf has introduced seven program locations – D.W. Field Golf Course (Brockton), William J. Devine GC at Franklin Park (Boston), Hyannis Golf Course (Cape Cod), Cranberry Valley Golf Course (Harwich), Fenway Golf Center (Springfield), KOHR Golf (Natick) and The Links at Mass Golf (Norton).
As part of the curriculum, the children progress through a series of golf lessons where they are introduced to the different aspects of a golf course including the green, tee, fairway, rough, bunkers and water hazards. The participants are also introduced to the basic elements of the game of golf and the swing including distance and accuracy control, course management, how to score, pace of play, the honor and proper, grip, stance, and posture.
In addition to golf, the participants are introduced to the nine core values inherent to the game including honesty, integrity, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, sportsmanship, judgment, respect and courtesy. The life skills experience was the platform used in getting the participants to become comfortable with introducing themselves to others, meeting new people, learning something new, setting goals, and dealing with conflict. The life skills learned are useful for the participants both on and off the golf course.