Golf and Leadership Events:
PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE | SPRING 2021 – This program has 13U (Ages 7-13) and 17U (Ages 14-17) divisions. Registration began in early February, and closes March 15. Participants play 9-hole matches in two-player teams using a scramble format, and our chapter has teams at the Bob in addition to our programming locations at 3 Lakes (Penn Hills), All About Golf (Butler) and Victory Hills (Elizabeth). Teams play home and away games throughout the regular season, and both the 13U and 17U divisions send an All Star team to represent the chapter in post-season competition within the Tri-State PGA Section.
PARTICIPANT INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENTS | SPRING, SUMMER & FALL 2021 – The chapter hosts Participant Invitational tournaments on select Saturdays throughout the year at the Bob. The 2021 events are scheduled for June 12 (Spring), August 29 (Summer) and October 23 (Fall). Each of these events has four divisions – 3-Hole (Short), 3-Hole (Long), 6-Hole and 9-Hole – and each division has a Boys and Girls champion. Participants choose their division when registering for the event.
FIRST TEE AMBASSADORS | YEAR-ROUND – First Tee Ambassadors represent the Pittsburgh chapter at events throughout the year, including the annual Tee It Forward fundraiser and the Pittsburgh Golf Show. Participants selected to be a First Tee Ambassador must demonstrate the Nine Core Values, and be able to interact with adults at an age appropriate level.
JUNIOR ADVISORY BOARD | YEAR-ROUND – Junior Advisory Board members work with First Tee – Pittsburgh staff to guide the organization’s future, and provide long-term strategic guidance in designing, creating and supporting participant activities. Participants must be at least 13 years old, and have reached the Par level or higher, and be actively enrolled in programming classes for at least two years.
PURPOSEFUL PRACTICE | SUMMER 2021 – Held throughout June, July and August at private clubs in the greater Pittsburgh area, these events give skilled Birdie, Eagle and Ace members the chance to play and practice in conditions that they might not normally encounter. We typically have had practice sessions at Edgewood, Oakmont, Longue Vue and Fox Chapel. We are looking at adding potential sites (South Hills, St. Clair, etc.) in 2021.
DEACON PALMER SCHOLARSHIP | SUMMER 2021 – Named after Arnold Palmer’s father Deacon, this annual $2,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years based on academic performance, is given to a maximum of two graduating high school seniors each year. Applicants must be Birdie level or above, and have been active participants for at least TWO years. Nominees must have demonstrated exceptional merit, citizenship, academic achievement, as well as service and commitment to the mission of First Tee – Pittsburgh. Applications are released in early March, and must be submitted by mid-April. Awardees are announced in June each year, and recognized at the annual Tee It Forward dinner in September.
STRAUNCH INTERNSHIP | SUMMER 2021 – Commemorating Paul Straunch, pronounced “Strow,” this paid internship is for participants ages 16 and older, who embody the “character, precision, compassion and honesty” demanded by the game of golf. Interns can earn up to $1,000 working throughout the summer at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course, assisting the staff for approximately 20 hours per week. Applicants must submit an essay by May 1, outlining how they feel they can contribute to the chapter as an intern, in addition to having a valid work permit and transportation to and from the facility.
BOB FORD LEADERSHIP AWARD | SUMMER 2021 – Created by the former Oakmont Country Club Head Professional, this annual one-time $5,000 scholarship is given to a graduating high school senior who best exemplifies the leadership qualities Bob Ford demonstrated throughout his career. Applicants must be Birdie level or above, and have been active participants for at least THREE years. Participants submit an essay by early August, outlining the impact the First Tee of Pittsburgh has had on their life, which is reviewed by the scholarship committee. Finalists for the award MUST BE available to interview with Mr. Ford in person in late August at a date and time to be determined by mutual agreement.