"The First Tee meant a lot to me"
By mustang6560 on 2/7/13
At first glance, Scott Langley is just another PGA Tour rookie. But, upon closer inspection, the Illinois-native is different — he's the first First Tee participant to reach the PGA Tour.
"There's a synergy between golf and life that comes together at The First Tee," said Langley, 23. "I'm happy to be the face of The First Tee on Tour and if I can have a little bit of influence of kids, that's great. I was in their shoes not long ago, trying to pursue my dreams.In his first start playing with the big boys, Scott finished T3 in the Sony Open. Since then, he missed the cut at the Humana Challenge and the Farmers Insurance Open. He's in the field this week in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and he's looking to end his two-tournament skid.
As the first First Tee'er to make it to the big leagues, he's a pioneer, a trendsetter, a validation of the junior program. And I'm happy to see he's willing to embrace the responsibility. There's no telling how many junior golfers Scott will inspire to make the most out of their opportunity.
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AND, he's left handed!!! GO SCOTT!!!
Torleif Sorenson says:
Mazel tov, Scott!!!
I just recently had the privilege of playing the First Tee course of Jacksonville and speaking with the Head Golf Professional, John Grzybek, about the First Tee program. What I was most impressed with is that the staff does not view the program as one to teach golf. The program is actually intended to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Learning golf is just a by-product and a vehicle to accomplish the mission of the First Tee. The most compelling fact we learned from John was that every single kid who has completed the 9 week program at the Jacksonville location has gone on to graduate high school. A true testament to the positive impact this program has on the kids who are fortunate enough to participate.
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