GCAA and The First Tee Visit Metro OKC
NORMAN, Okla. The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in a cooperative outreach initiative with The First Tee program held the third in a series of one-day events with The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Lincoln Park Golf Course. 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 Oklahoma City chapter brought together more than 60 participants from the ages of 9-17. The four-hour event was broken down into four rotating stations which included a wellness discussion, long game, short game and putting instruction for all participants. College coaches and players conducted a question-and-answer session with each group as well as one-on-one instruction at each station. Consistent with the GCAA initiative on skin cancer prevention with the Sun SafeTee organization (www.sunsafetee.org ), educational materials were passed out to all participants and a discussion with a resident dermatologist and the participants followed.
Six universities and colleges, including Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene, and the University of Oklahoma, were represented in the 50-plus coaches and players in attendance.
"The GCAA very much appreciates the efforts by everyone involved with The First Tee Oklahoma City event," said GCAA CEO Gregg Grost. "The enthusiastic participation by The First Tee participants and their parents contributed to the success of the event. It was especially gratifying for the GCAA national office staff to observe and be involved with one of our partnership events."