First Tee of Phoenix Receives $5,000 Donation From Local O.B. Sports Managed Courses

From the Arizona Golf Authority Golf News Desk

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Thank you, ASU Karsten Golf Course, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Longbow Golf Club, Raven Golf Club-Phoenix and the management firm for all four clubs, OB Sports Golf Management.

Back Row L-R: Bret Greenwood - Eagle Mountain, Jay Larscheid - Longbow, Hugh Smith - First Tee of Phoenix, Derek Crawford - Raven-Phoenix, Joey Jones - ASU Karsten.

This distinguished group recently donated $5,000 to The First Tee of Phoenix, the culmination of their custom-designed charitable program called “Tee It Up at 10 For The First Tee.”

Each of the four golf clubs set aside one foursome tee time each morning in the 10 o’clock hour, Monday – Friday, June 11, through August 31, 2012 and sold it to the general public for $100.

Each club then donated the entire $100 to The First Tee of Phoenix.

“We are happy to pitch in to raise well deserved funds for The First Tee of Phoenix,” said Daryl Crawford, Director of Golf for ASU Karsten Golf Course. “Through the years, The Thunderbirds and Hugh Smith have made a positive impact on thousands of kids through the game of golf. We’re proud to support their efforts.”

The First Tee of Phoenix teaches youngsters the game of golf by focusing important core values such as responsibility, respect, integrity and confidence, all of which are key to success on and off the golf course.

Hugh Smith, Director, First Tee of Phoenix and Students

“We truly appreciate the positive boost that our local chapter received from these clubs,” said Hugh Smith, Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix. “Their generosity ensures a host of youngsters will pick up the game as well as the many valuable life lessons that go hand-in-hand.”

The First Tee of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made possible by The Thunderbirds. The First Tee’s mission is to provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf to young people who would not otherwise be able to have affordable access to the game.

The First Tee is designed to serve as a place for participants to learn valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf. Currently, The First Tee of Phoenix is impacting over 70,000 youth ages 4-17 yrs. each year through regular programming at 5 area locations, The National School Program and special Outreach Programming with allied organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, church groups and many others.

For more information on The First Tee of Phoenix call 602.305.7655 or visit www.thefirstteephoenix.org.

Scottsdale-based, OB Sports manages premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit www.obsports.com, or call 480.948.1300.

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