(Left to right): Jim Freeman, Chairman; Jeff Beaumont, President; Glen Miller, First Tee Director; Dan Cooper, CCM, Chief Operating Officer; Stephanie Hart, Coordinator; and Doug Hart, Director of Golf.
The Springs Club in Rancho Mirage, California held its annual First Tee of the Coachella Valley Charity Golf Tournament in January and raised over $40,000. Many local area clubs participated by donating rounds of golf for the silent auction which generated over $5,000. Another $5000 was raised from raffle ticket sales that were sold by the First Tee Kids. Dan Cooper, CCM, Chief Operating Officer of The Springs Club, said “We had a sell out for golf participants at 100 players. The Springs Club Members were very gracious in giving up their Saturday morning tee times to allow for the First Tee Charity Tournament. Everyone enjoyed breakfast before the shot gun which was followed by Lunch, Awards, Silent and Live Auctions and Prizes for the tournament winners.” The First Tee was created by the World Golf Foundation in November of 1997 as a way to bring youngsters that otherwise would not be exposed to the game of golf and its positive values. All lessons instill in kids, the First Tee Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment.