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Welcome to The First Tee of South Dakota

What We Do:

The mission statement of The First Tee of South Dakota is to improve the lives of young people by providing educational programs and learning environments that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

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Nine Core ValuesTM Honesty
Nine Core ValuesTM Integrity
Nine Core ValuesTM Sportsmanship
Nine Core ValuesTM Respect
Nine Core ValuesTM Confidence
Nine Core ValuesTM Responsibility
Nine Core ValuesTM Perseverance
Nine Core ValuesTM Courtesy
Nine Core ValuesTM Judgment

What’s new at The First Tee of South Dakota

Ben Clarke - National Opportunites in 2014

Ben Clarke had quite the year in being selected for two of The First Tee National Opportunities! First on July 9-16 he attended The PLAYer Advanced Academy in Greensboro, NC hosted by The First Tee of the Triad and Wake Forest University! Check out the segment on The Golf Channel....PLAYer Academy Video

The second opportunity came on September 23-29 for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach! Ben was paired with Champions Tour player Skip Kendall.  The two did very well, even playing in the final group on Sunday at Pebble.  What an experience.  Ben had fellow The First Tee of South Dakota participant, Bronson Vasa, caddie for him.  Check out the video of how Ben found out he was attending Pebble....Pebble Video

Chantel Brende - National Opportunity 2014

Chantel was also selected to attend The First Tee National Opportunity on October 16-19 for Auntie Anne's Leadership and Entrepreneurs Forum. The opportunity was held at Walt Disney World Resort. Here are a few pictures from her event...

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Meghan McCormick - Outstanding Participant Award Finalist

Meghan McCormick has just been selected from a pool of national candidates to attend The First Tee Outstanding Participant Summit, March 1-2 in Nashville, Tenn. Not only is Meghan selected out of 32 participants to attent the summit she is one of the 8 finalists for the Outstanding Participant Award!!
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SDGA

Visit the South Dakota Golf Association site for your South Dakota Championships! Also check out the SDGA Junior Tour Section for tournaments in your area.
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A Program that Works

Research Validates

In a past independent research study of The First Tee, 73% of young people at participating chapters reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically and 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

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Our Impact

The First Tee believes young people in our community are our future leaders. Our programs impact youth and expose them to core values like respect, integrity and perseverance.

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How We Help

One-third of young people say they lack adult role models. The First Tee provides quality youth programs that include adult mentors and safe places.

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