The premier youth golf – and life – education program is returning to the Kilgore area.

First Tee, a youth development program involving golf that instills life values in children and teens, will begin a six-week instruction period out at Tempest Golf Club, just off Highway 135, outside of Liberty City.

The program is for boys and girls ages seven through 17, and starts on Tuesday, June 11. There are 12 hours of instruction spread out over the six-week course, and it’s $85 for registration – full scholarships or reduced program fees are available for those with financial needs, program organizers have said.

The important thing is that kids don’t have to know yet how to play golf to enroll or take part in the program. During the course, they will learn about golf fundamentals, chipping and putting, and they have a choice to use golf equipment that is provided, or to bring their own.

The First Tee program, founded by organizations such as the PGA, the LPGA and the U.S. Golf Association, uses all sorts of games involving other sports, even, as teaching tools and teaches children nine core life values, as well as golf fundamentals.

The nine values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.

Playing the games involves using the golf swing that they learn.

The First Tee began in 1997, and also has outlets in Longview, Lake Cherokee and Marshall.

For more information, go to thefirstteepineywoods.org, or call (903) 753-1416.

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