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Teens, Tweens, and Everything Between by Coach Rio Hawkins

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Teens, Tweens, and Everything Between. As my one and only teen moves into adulthood, I find myself happy and sad at the same time. That little girl I dressed so cute in all pink, who loved babydolls is gone. I miss the flower socks, tap shoes, the beads I put at the ends of her …...

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Golf v. Bryson DeChambeau by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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Individualism.  Inclusivity.  Non-traditionalism. – all words that have moved to the forefront of our society and especially important to how we learn, teach and grow at First Tee Pittsburgh.  How ironic it is that some of the most important concepts that we embrace haven’t traditionally ...

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2020 High School Golf Review by Coach Eric Kulinna, PGA

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This has been a strange and unusual year for everyone, but high school golf is one area that has been largely unchanged by the COVID-19 pandemic.  That’s been a blessing for everyone involved, and it’s been a pleasure to get to watch out First Tee – Pittsburgh participants compete...

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Why We Are Different by Coach Paul Coultas

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If you ask our coaches “Why we are different”, you are likely to hear that First Tee – Pittsburgh is different than other golf programs because we care about each participant’s character more than their golf skills.  We are proud of the fact that we enable kids (and teens) t...

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What’s the Difference? by Coach Paul Coultas

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Can you tell me the difference between the shorts pictured below? One pair has extra pockets sewn to the outside of the shorts, making them cargo shorts. Did you know that wearing cargo shorts makes you an undesireable at certain local country clubs?  These clubs will not let you play on their cour...

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From PLAYer to Intern by Intern Qingqing Zhao

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I am a participant in First Tee of Pittsburgh’s program and am currently in the Eagle level.  This summer, in June, I started my internship at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course here at Schenley Park. I am very happy to have been involved in First Tee for nine years now. I have experienced not on...

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The Volunteer Spirit by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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Since my days as a youth group leader, volunteering is something I just always have done.  I was always lucky to have a job where I was at work early and out early, so my afternoons and evenings were free.  It was that luxury of free time that allowed me to fill it by serving …...

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Player, Coach, Parent by Coach Rio Hawkins

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I am an alumni of First Tee of Pittsburgh. I am also currently a full-time coach with the role of Regional Manager for First Tee of Pittsburgh. I happen to also be the first girl from the Pittsburgh Chapter. I was fortunate to be accepted and attend the very first Life and Leadership Academy at &hel...

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Success Without Talent by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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As a First Tee coach, I have had the privilege of working with a good number of our older kids in our Birdie and Teen clinics.  I see so much potential in all of these kids, and that goes way beyond what I see on the golf course.  I also see that some of these …...

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The Mindful Golfer by Coach Leslie Russell

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Mindfulness: “Becoming more aware of where you are and what you’re doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you”. As golfers, it is vital to be present for every shot you hit. Especially in a tournament or competitive match. Sounds easy, right? Hmmm, o...

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