The mission statement of The First Tee of North Florida is 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. TPC Sawgrass is an affiliate golf course that has partnered with The First Tee of North Florida through donations and discounted play for junior members. The agronomy department also offers its services through educational opportunities and by performing scheduled maintenance on their equipment. This past Saturday, 24 Junior Members of The First Tee got to experience particular aspects in both the agronomy and golf course equipment/maintenance related education and career opportunities in the golf industry.
John Deere was involved with the educational sessions Saturday. A donation of $1 million over five years to The First Tee further cements John Deere's active commitment to the growth of the game of golf, and career developments of professionals in the golf maintenance industry. Funds from the donation are being used to create and launch a golf maintenance career oriented youth development program, in conjunction with the PGA Tour. Local chapters of The First Tee have partnered with TPC courses to provide the opportunity for high school-aged participants to learn about topics in agronomy and golf course maintenance careers.