Golf Channel Tees Up Youth Special


Golf Channel will premiere a special Tuesday night, lauding the World Golf Foundation’s youth initiative.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has touched the lives of more than 2 million young men and women around the world by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

For its part, Celebrating The First Tee will pay tribute to this initiative on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. (ET) with the spotlight cast on two signature events benefiting The First Tee initiative in 2008, supplemented by in-depth stories on several young men and women from First Tee Chapters around the world. 

Hosted by 17-year-old Randon Holt of The First Tee of Atlanta, the special will go inside-the-ropes to the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour and the Golf Channel Invitational for The First Tee at Callaway Gardens, Ga. 

Among those featured in the show: Martavious Adams (First Tee of East Lake), who hit the ceremonial tee shot at the 2008 Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola; Xavier Hereford, a 13-year-old with The First Tee of Huntsville, who is helping introduce The First Tee program to area schools; Sydney Burlison (First Tee of Monterey County, Calif.), one of the top junior golfers in the country; and Gabriel Bell (First Tee of St. Johns County, Fla.), who overcame his little brother passing away due to Leukemia with the help of The First Tee. 

Additionally, the presentation, encoring Dec 17 at 1 p.m., showcases a group of First Tee members from the Metropolitan New York chapter who participated at both the Golf Channel Invitational for The First Tee and the Barclays Cup Tri-Match in Massachusetts in August.

In 2008, the network expanded its longtime support of The First Tee by becoming the title sponsor of the Golf Channel Invitational for The First Tee, a premiere national golf tournament that draws more than 30 participants from Alabama, Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi First Tee chapters.  The event featured a youth clinic hosted by LGPA professional and network analyst Rosie Jones.