Growing the Game of Golf

Salinas, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2022) – Twenty-eight First Tee – Monterey County participants throughout the county had the opportunity to explore their interest in golf and beyond during the Growing the Game of Golf Clinic, our first-ever clinic dedicated to growing a passion for golf in kids, which occurred Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at First Tee – Monterey County’s Twin Creeks Golf Course.

What’s your favorite core value?

First Tee – Monterey County Participant Jocelyn S. Asks Pridey

The clinic featured a Q&A with Golf Professional Matthew Pridey and First Tee – Monterey County Board Member Benjamin Zoller. Participants from local schools and participants involved in the Center for Learning’s Afterschool Program attended the clinic. Pridey and Zoller worked with the participants to teach First Tee Core Values, grips, and target awareness through chipping and driving range activities. Participants also received First Tee – Monterey County hats autographed by their favorite coaches, the First Tee – Monterey County Executive Director Jessica Abe, Benjamin Zoller, and Matthew Pridey.

“Along with a good work ethic, you need perseverance. Golf has challenged me to adhere to core values like the ones First Tee teaches you. These values translate into your everyday life, not just on the golf course, and that’s my favorite part of the game,” said Matthew Pridey to the clinic’s participants. “You will go through many challenges throughout your life; the more you preserve, the more confidence you have when you face the next challenges. Nothing is better than preserving through a challenge that once intimidated you.”

First Tee – Monterey County is one youth development organization of over 150 national chapters dedicated to teaching life skills and helping kids and teens build their strength of character through golf. First Tee Headquarters provides to encourage and motivate participants as they progress through the program and toward higher education opportunities.

This clinic is one of several ways we are Building Game Changers throughout our community.

Benjamin Zoller, First Tee – Monterey County Board Member

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