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Talking Stick Golf Club and First Tee of Phoenix Seeking Community Youth Participants
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

Are your children looking for some summer fun or possibly a summer challenge? Junior Golf Camp at the Talking Stick Golf Club might be your answer.

Youth of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are encouraged to participate in Session 3 of the First Tee of Phoenix at the Talking Stick Golf Club. The session starts Thursday, June 18, and ends on August 8. Classes are eight week camp sessions and will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. A $60 yearly fee is due with an application, but this also comes with perks.
The First Tee of Phoenix is a not-for-profit organization that teaches the life skills of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and respect through the game of golf to young people ages 7 to 18. This initiative started in 1997, when the LPGA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA formed a partnership with corporate partner Shell Oil to lead The First Tee. This initiative began as a way to bring golf to youth who would not otherwise be able to experience the game.

“There is a need for additional programs and opportunities for young people in our communities. Increasing the opportunity for young people to experience positive social interaction with their peers in safe places surrounded by caring adults will have positive outcomes within our communities. Through a sustained and successful program, The First Tee of Phoenix will help boost student achievement, improve high school readiness and provide extra support to those students who need it the most,” said Jason Montoya, PGA.

All new members and parents are required to attend orientation on Saturday, June 20, at 8 a.m.

First Tee Member Perks
Access to golf instruction
Access to equipment
Monthly fun days
Monthly tournaments

Summer Golf Camp at Talking Stick Golf Club, June 22-29.
This is a three-day golf camp that includes golf instruction and lunch. This is not part of the First Tee Program. Open to youth ages 7-18.

July Fun Event at the Heard Museum in Downtown Phoenix on Sunday, July 26.

The First Tee Open Championship at the 500 Club in north Phoenix on Saturday, July 18.

AB Honor Roll Recognition. Youth are encouraged to bring their 2015 spring report card with all A’s or B’s to a coach by July 20 for special recognition.

“We use golf as our tool to teach kids life skills that they can use on the golf course, at home or in school in a safe, fun environment,” said Montoya.
Registration for Session 3 is available. To register your child, contact Jason Montoya, PGA, by emailing or by calling (480) 850-8611.

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Talking Stick Golf Club and First Tee of Phoenix Seeking Community Youth Participants