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Success Without Talent by Coach Jeff Lebedda

Categories: Blog

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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Social Media Over and Under by Coach Rio Hawkins

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Social media is taking over the world by storm. Over the past decade social media has risen to a higher level of excellence with today’s youth. Social media is the center of a lot of controversy in today’s society. From videos of cats, to brawls in Walmarts. For a whole year all I heard was &hel...

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Living and Playing with INTEGRITY by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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When I was a volunteer and had another job, I used to play golf all the time. Now that I work in the golf industry, I hardly get to play at all – something they failed to mention at my job interview with First Tee. So given my ability and lack of playing time, low …...

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Importance of Playing Multiple Sports by Coach Eric Amato

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Growing up playing sports organized or with my friends in the neighborhood was something I looked forward to doing.  We played basketball, baseball, football, golf, and even made up sports like sidewalk baseball. I was very passionate about baseball and soccer throughout high school and eventually ...

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Golf has a new color, and it is BLUE by Coach Rio Hawkins

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Golf is a sport for adults and children alike. Here at the First Tee of Pittsburgh we try to open doors to the game of golf for children that might not get that chance otherwise, and for children that already have a passion for the game.  Pittsburgh police have partnered with Allegheny Youth Develo...

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TFTP has a NEW President & CEO by Coach Eric Amato

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In 2008, my wife, newborn son, and I moved from Atlanta to Pittsburgh so I could begin my job as the Director of Education with The First Tee of Pittsburgh.  I held that position for two weeks before taking over as the Director of Golf, and held that position for a year before becoming the …...

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Blind Ambition by Coach Leslie Russell

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After working for The First Tee of Pittsburgh for five years, I had reluctantly decided it was time to move on to other employment opportunities. The morning following this decision, my youngest son went missing. Two days later it was discovered that he had suffered a tragic death. My world had stop...

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