Youth golf

The First Tee Links of Maine kicks off new season at RGC

Session 1 gatherings at Samoset Resort, Rockland Golf Club
By Staff | May 10, 2017

Rockland — The First Tee Links of Maine has announced the start of the second season of its program for Midcoast children ages 6 to 14.

Keenan Flanagan, longtime PGA pro at the Rockland Golf Club, and Jim Povec, program director, brought the national program to Rockland Golf Club last year.

“We learned a lot in our inaugural 2016 year, which now puts us in an even stronger position to serve kids,” said Flanagan.

Povec added, “We always are looking for more coaches and volunteers to become involved in this important program. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in helping children learn life skills through golf.”

All coaches will be background-checked to assure the safety of the students.

The cost of the program for students is $60 for the six-week program. Scholarships are available.

The 2017 session 1 schedule includes:

• Saturday, May 20, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Samoset Resort.

• Saturday, June 3, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Samoset Resort.

• Saturday, June 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m.,  Rockland.

• Saturday, June 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rockland.

• Saturday, June 24, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rockland.

• Wednesday, July 5, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rockland.

For more information, to register a child, or volunteer, call Rockland Golf Club at 594-9322 or Povec at 704-280-7595.

Interested children also may arrive a few minutes early to register at the Samoset Resort on May 20.

Povec said research has shown the primary reason more young people do not play golf is a lack of affordable junior golf programs and courses that welcome them.

In 1997, the LPGA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA formed a partnership with the help of founding corporate partner, Shell Oil, to lead an initiative called The First Tee. This initiative began as a way to bring golf to kids and teens who otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values. The First Tee has grown steadily into a robust youth service organization that instructs and inspires more than 4.1 million young people annually.

Since 2005, The First Tee of Maine has impacted more than 20,000 young people in Maine communities through its life skills education and character training. Each of these individuals has been introduced to the lifelong sport of golf while learning skills such as goal-setting, managing emotions and resolving conflicts.

At every level of instruction, the program emphasizes Nine Core Values™ — Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgment. The First Tee of Maine has broadened its reach to include 10 program locations throughout the state.

Courier Publications’ sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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