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River Creek Blog: The First Tee Fundraiser

The River Creek Women’s Golf Association has joined with Club Corps to raise money and solicit donations on behalf of the First Tee Organization of Greater Washington D.C. Donations will be accepted just outside the Pro Shop at the River Creek Club on Sept. 2 and 3, each day beginning at 8 a.m.

“Donations of gently used junior and adult golf clothing and shoes, golf equipment and golf accessories such as balls, towels, and bags will be accepted. We will also accept checks or cash to be used for golf equipment,” said Diane Scheurich, chair of the event.

"Please put aside any items that you would like to donate and bring them to us on Labor Day weekend,” she added.

The First Tee organization is nationwide and was formed in 1997 by the LGPA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the USGA. They initially posed the question, “why aren’t more kids playing golf?” So what began with the idea of training youngsters to play golf expanded into broader territory according to their website: ”What the First Tee soon discovered was that blending the rules of the game with life and leadership skills, kids and teens didn’t just learn how to putt—they were learning more important values. The First Tee offers more than just golf lessons. We offer life lessons.”

The First Tee Organization has oriented its training with nine core values: courtesy, judgment, honesty, integrity, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, sportsmanship and respect. They have introduced their programs to elementary schools, youth centers and at golf courses.

A Look Back

Last week, the communities were abuzz over the impending solar eclipse. One of the difficulties had to do with obtaining the proper eye pieces for observing the eclipse. There was a note of fear that fake ones would be on the market and using them would damage a person’s eyes. After searching several sources to no avail, we ended up going to the Rust Library (along with 400 other people). They offered 150 eye pieces to the first 150 people in line. We were too late to acquire a pair. But in an impressive display of community spirit those that had them shared them so that everyone could enjoy the spectacle.

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