I love golf and I am fortunate that I get to do what I love every day. It was once said that if you love what you do then it is not a job and that is exactly I how I feel. Does that mean that I stop setting goals for the future? Absolutely not. I have a lot of personal goals that I would like to achieve. Some of them are golf-related and some are not.
I know exactly what those goals are and what needs to happen before I can achieve them. I know what I need to do every day and I do them. I am committed and I keep pressing forward. When things get overwhelming, I take time to think, evaluate where I am and make changes if needed. Some days are easier than others but the achievement is worth it.
Click here to learn about the road Kevin Na took to become a PGA Tour Player and then use the worksheet to start setting some goals for yourself.
First Tee Healthy Habit: Vision
In order to make the most of one’s unique gifts — talents, characteristics
and abilities — an individual needs to learn from the past, value the present,
create their vision and future to ultimately “leave a healthy footprint.
First Tee has partnered with the PGA Tour to provide families "Links to Learning" activities. Below you will find some PGA inspired art projects that you can try at home along with some links that I added for further research.
Golf Ball Art
Golf balls are essential to the game of golf and young golfers enjoy collecting them. If you are willing to sacrifice a few of them this golf ball art project looks like a lot of fun. While you are creating carve out a few minutes to learn about the history of the golf ball by clicking here.
The winners of a PGA tournament receive recognition, money, trophies and sometimes even a special jacket. The green jacket from the Master's is probably the most well-known but there are others like the plaid jacket at The Charles Schwab Challenge. In this art project, use your imagination to design your own jacket.
Guess the Golfer?
In my experience artists are inspired by things or even people that they like. In this activity, you get to look at another artist's perspective of some their favorite PGA Tour golfers. Can you match the golfer with their image?
Let your creativity run wild on the sidewalk or on paper by exploring these golf inspired projects. Click here if you opt for the coloring.
Golf is more than just trying to hit a ball. There are rules and terms that sound very strange to adults let alone junior golfers. The tournaments are played all over the world at different courses. Truly there is a lot to explore and discover. Where do you start? These activities are designed to get your junior started.
American History and Golf
Golf Geography: The World of Golf
Golf Missing History
Golf Tournament Word Search
First Tee has partnered with the PGA Tour to provide families "Links to Learning" activities. Below you will find some coloring sheets that you can print along with some links that I added for further research.
An Ace or a hole-in-one describes when a golfer hits their tee shot and the golf ball ends up in the hole. One shot. Done.
Imagine hitting your tee shot to this flag? Have fun coloring the water around this green and imagine the excitement of the people sitting in the stands. Click here to learn more about TPC (Tour Players Club) Sawgrass.
The video below highlights some of the Aces that were recorded on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass over the years. Enjoy!!
The FedExCup is a season-long points competition which culminates with the FedExCup Playoffs, a series of three events to determine the FedExCup champion. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are the only players to win the Championship since its inception in 2007.
In 2018 Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship. This became his 80th win and it was his first win in over five years!
You may not recognize Rickie Fowler in this coloring activity but that was his look in his early days.
Besides clubs, every golfer needs a golf bag and a pair of golf shoes. Let your creativity shine through as you design your own bag and shoes with these coloring pages.
Alligators on Tour
Professional golfers encounter lots of challenges while playing the course, but an alligator is only one of them as you will see in the video that follows. Enjoy!
There are days when I teach and I feel accomplished but the best days are when I get surprised by my students. On this particular occasion my surprise came when I opened an email at the end of a long day. It was a video of one of my homeschool students who was having fun with putting. I laughed, I smiled and I was thankful that he got it. Golf is fun! He was having fun, he was creative and he was playing golf.
I was then inspired to create a putting contest for the homeschool group. How great would it be if they all experienced the same kind of joy that Timmy did in his video! Timmy was not able to attend today when I made the announcement but I did let his family know that his video set everything in motion.
As for the contest, I challenged each one of my students to create a putting maze. Their parents can help them build it but the student must make the putt and submit the video for judging by independent evaluators. The winning video will be announced during our last class next Tuesday. The prize is a $50 gift card that can be used to treat Mom and Dad to a special dinner.
These video submissions are amazing examples of living out the First Tee Healthy Habit of Play. Play is all about teaching junior golfers that a variety of energizing play can help the body stay strong, lean and fit, and be fun in the process. Sleep and other forms of “re-charging” allow one to engage in play on a daily basis.
Winner: most Creative and INventive $50 PRizE
Winner: Best Putt $25 Prize