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Times of Wayne County

Golf event benefits “First Tee” Kids

Crowds of golfers, young and old, gathered at Blue Heron Hills Golf Club on Saturday, July 9, 2011, to participate in a variety of events planned to benefit The First Tee of Rochester, an organization that provides young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn the game of golf and participate in educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values.

The event kicked off with a free Junior Golf Clinic sponsored by Izzo Golf and The First Tee of Rochester. As excited children aged 6 to 16 signed in, they received a free golf necklace and box of golf balls. Next they warmed up with Tom Roskos, Professional Long Driver and Golf Performer, and then received instruction from Western NY PGA & LPGA Professionals as they rotated through putting, driving, and chipping practice stations.

Following the Junior Golf Clinic, PGA & LDA Professional Tom Roskos, wowed golfers and families with a Long Drive and Trick Shot Power Golf Show. “The blend of Tom’s incredible long-drive power, trick shot skill, and witty sense of humor had everyone amazed and just laughing out loud for the entire show,” said Blue Heron Hills Golf Professional, Brian Tolnar.

Next, amateur golfers had a turn at demonstrating their golf skills in a long drive challenge and hole-in-one contest. Ryan Steenberg won the long drive challenge with a long drive of 344 yards. In the hole-in-one shoot-out, the Closest to the Pin winner was Blue Heron Hills member Chris Cox, with 5 feet 11 inches from the pin from a distance of 153 yards.

In addition to the generous support of sponsors, golf clubs and balls were collected for the children of the First Tee program, and $500 was raised for the charity.

About “The First Tee”

In 1997, the World Golf Foundation created The First Tee as a way to bring golf to young people that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values. The mission of The First Tee 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.

Children ages 7 to 17 can join The First Tee of Rochester, NY, and choose from many different programming options (ie. Saturday A.M., Junior Camps, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and more). For more details about the First Tee facility and programs, contact Genesee Valley Golf Course at 585-424-2920, or e-mail stc@golftheparks.com.

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