Duffers Can Swing For Junior Golf School

Wednesday - October 04, 2006
By Kerry Miller
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The First Tee of Oahu will hold its second annual golf tournament at noon Oct. 20 in a three-person scramble with no handicap on the Leilehua Golf Course.

Fun, prizes, and an awards banquet are yours for an entry fee of $100. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Oahu (formerly North Shore Junior Golf Association), which teamed up the Salvation Army in August to open a golf school at Camp Homelani in Waialua.

Children ages 8 to 18 are welcome to enroll to learn the many core values of golf: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement. At the same time, the sport also has a less-serious side, according to executive director Ken Zitz.

“Kids come here (and) I just turn them loose,” Zitz said. “I let them go play golf. They have a lot of fun.”

Sessions currently are being held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for approximately 18 students, who are grouped into three levels: Par, Birdie and Eagle. First Tee also offers a program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Schofield Barracks for military families.

Zitz hopes to expand First Tee with the help of fundraisers like the Oct. 20 tourney and adding to his all-volunteer staff. To volunteer, enroll or enter the golf tournament, call 487-3466 or by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The school website is www.thefirstteeoahu.org.

First Tee is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to providing young people an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values through golf and character education.

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