A MESSAGE FROM TGF PRESIDENT DICK HORTON
(with Tennessee's Brandt Snedeker and the Ryder Cup)
Dear Golfing Friends:
Our intention from the beginning has been to promote golf and since 1973, we have been diligent in teaching our youth that golf is the sport of a lifetime. Periodically, a capstone year occurs that elevates our pride that can come from a variety of accomplishments — 2017 was one of those years.
Never have our young ladies from Tennessee elevated their games at such a high level of competition. Oak Ridge’s Sophia Schubert, a Texas Longhorn junior, won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship against a world class field — a first ever for Tennessee. Rachel Heck, a 15-year old Memphis junior golfer, finished tied for 33rd in the U.S. Women’s Open — a field of the best players, professional and amateur, in the world. Finally, three Tennessee teenagers: Riley Rennell, Ashley Gilliam and Jayna Choi won the USGA Women’s State Team Championship (as seen on the cover). What do they all have in common? They all played junior golf in Tennessee.
On the opposite side of success in championship golf are the 23 young Tennesseans from The First Tee of who earned $54,000 in college tuition grants for the 2017-18 academic year. Our thanks go to our generous donors who understand the importance of an education — an important component of The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience curriculum.
As TGF supporters and contributors, you too have elevated your “games” by your generous gifts. Thank you for your trust in our mission.
Thank you for your support!