BCOE Students Travel to PGA First Tee Open in Pebble Beach

BCOE Students tTravel to PGA First Tee Open in Pebble Beach
This is the image for the news article titled BCOE Students tTravel to PGA First Tee Open in Pebble BeachA group of 19 students and their parents from 17 Butte County schools traveled to Pebble Beach golf course to join 1000’s of students throughout California for the Professional Golf Associations Nature Valley Open.   This Champions Tour Event helps sponsor First Tee Programs and provides an avenue for youth to participate and be part of a professional golf event.  http://www.thefirstteeopen.com/tournament

The trip was made possible by the Whisper Ridge Golf Course Foundation who are paid for all expenses including the chartered bus, hats, t-shirts, bags, and food.  Mary Ellen Garrahy, After School BCOE Administrator was excited about the trip.  "The field trip to Pebble Beach was a unique experience for students in Butte County.  Our students got  to see a PGA tournament with professional golfers on a world class golf course.  They also got to tour the Chevron STEM zone which will demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and math is linked to golf.”

Students were nominated and selected by their school sites by staff or their local school board.  Butte County Superintendent Tim Taylor said “Students attending Saturday’s trip come from diverse situations.  Some of the students had never seen the ocean let alone Pebble Beach Golf Course.  It is great to see parents and students have the opportunity to be part of a memorable trip to the Monterey area.  Watching the kids faces as they walked onto the golf course was memorable".   

Butte County Office of Education’s After School Program started the First Tee program at 22 different schools this past year in the Spring of 2014.  It was the largest single roll out of First Tee programs in the United States.  First Tee of Sacramento is the regional lead for BCOE programs and has been a great partner in starting programs in the schools.   Students from Sacramento will be meeting with Butte County students this Saturday at various events.  

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, First Tee help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, wellness and perseverance through the game of golf.  Mr. Taylor added, “This isn't just about golf.  It is about teaching children values like integrity, respect and perseverance.”