May 282017
 
FIRST TEE – DRIVE PROGRAM
Ahead of the annual visit by the Symetra Tour, several players will lend their time and talent to the Capital Area’s premier program for juniors, First Tee DRIVE, run by the Junior Golf Alliance of NY.
DRIVE stands for:
Develops
Rewarding
Inspiring
Values for
Everyone.
On Tuesday, May 30, participants will gather at the playground of the Jessie T. Zoller Elementary School, 1880 Lancaster St., Schenectady. The DRIVE Coach Brian Melanson is the PE Teacher at Zoller. He, along with 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, will be participating in the afterschool program from 2:15PM-3:15PM.

Frank Ciarlo, President of the Junior Golf Alliance of NY. He is also the publisher of Capitalareagolf.com.

If you’d like to learn more about the program, you can attend the event or contact Frank Ciarlo, President of the Junior Golf Alliance of NY, 518-207-6758 or juniorgolfalliance@gmail.com. Click here for more from the Junior Golf Alliance of NY website.

FIRST TEE DRIVE PROGRAM
We believe our values extend beyond the golf course, which is why we launched a program to meet youth where they spend time. The First Tee DRIVE is the perfect activity for young people because it Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone.
HOW THE FIRST TEE DRIVE WORKS
We supply the curriculum, the equipment and the training for youth leaders to deliver the program. Much like our other programs, The First Tee DRIVE is designed to introduce kids to golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values — honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
For several weeks now, the kids in the Zoller afterschool DRIVE program have engaged in a golf program filled with fun and engaging activities that are perfect for young people and infuse The First Tee Nine Core Values in each lesson: respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and integrity.
Participants are exposed to these core values through games with which they are already familiar, including baseball and bowling. The activities and games are designed to incorporate four basic golf shots: putt, chip, pitch, and full swing. Participants will be equipped with developmentally-appropriate golf equipment that is safe and durable.
BENEFIT
Last summer, The First Tee – DRIVE Youth Program held a benefit tournament. The Dan Giovannangelo Memorial Golf Outing was played Friday, August 26, 2016 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. It was a unique, 2-Man/Women Team Scramble format that included plenty of prizes and good cheer. Click here for a photo gallery and JGA hopes to expand it this summer.