First Tee Foundation of Hampton Roads attracts more kids to golf

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 14 at 6:59 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH—This week it seemed only fitting that the “First Tee Foundation of Hampton Roads” was getting a lot of attention during the masters.

Golf fans everywhere are watching in amazement as a 14 year old competes against some of the world’s best.

That excitement is causing a boost in numbers at “First Tee,” a group that teaches golf and the game of life to children and teenagers.

"At “First Tee” there is emphasis a lot on respect, integrity and honesty.  I think those are our core values, not just in the game of golf, but in life,” Tyler Putnam said.

"Within our programs we are seeing kids be more confident when they take it to school,” Bill Zazynski remarked.

Putnam is a student at Atlantic Christian School. At 16 years old, he qualified for the International Junior Amateurs next week.

James Ogletree is 14 years old, the same age as the 8th grade golfer from China who made the masters this year.  "It's focusing on golf, but you can translate it to your life. So it helps you in every aspect of life; it's not just golf."  
 

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