GCAA and The First Tee Hold Junior Clinic in Oregon
Portland, Ore. -The First Tee held the first program in a spring series of one-day events with The First Tee of Greater Portland Saturday, April 7 at The Children’s Course in Gladstone, Ore. This event brought together collegiate players and their coaches with youngsters from The First Tee in an effort to promote involvement between college golf and the next generation of players in the game. The Greater Portland chapter brought together more than 50 participants for the Saturday clinic.
The two and a half-hour event was broken down into stations that included a questions and answer session, long, short game and putting instructions for all participants. College coaches and players from the Oregon State men’s and women’s golf teams conducted the question and answer session with each group as well as one-on-one instruction at each station.
“The GCAA appreciates the outstanding efforts by all parties involved to put on this event,” said GCAA CEO Gregg Grost. “A special thank you to the student athletes from Oregon State, who are certainly very busy this time of year and gave up their time to give back to the community.”
"On behalf of The First Tee of Greater Portland, we are excited that we were able to provide invaluable insight into the world of college golf to 60 of our The First Tee students, on a beautiful, sun filled Saturday at The Children’s Course, in Gladstone, OR", said Cathy Porter, Director of Programs and Community Outreach for The First Tee of Greater Portland. "Our participants were able to see firsthand the results of goal setting and perseverance from the Oregon State University college men’s and women’s golf teams. They were in awe and truly inspired by their interactions with the student athletes. Not only did they learn proper golf techniques but they also learned how to prepare mentally and physically for competing in golf and staying healthy in life. Thank you to the staff from Oregon State University, to the College golf teams, and to the Golf Coaches Association of America for making this great event possible!"