First Tee Roanoke Valley Shines at Greenbrier Classic Youth Day

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A group of First Tee of Roanoke Valley members show their enthusiasm during the Youth Day clinic Tuesday.
A group of First Tee of Roanoke Valley members show their enthusiasm during the Youth Day clinic Tuesday.

by Bill Turner

Tuesday’s Youth Day at the Greenbrier Classic proved to be a shining star for The First Tee of Roanoke Valley and one of its finest golfing talents.

Cave Spring High School student Drew Board teamed with PGA TOUR member Drew Weaver in the three-hole scramble event that included competition with three other young golfers from First Tee West Virginia.

When the final putts were holed out on the signature par-3 eighteenth at the posh White Sulphur Springs resort’s Old White TPC, both First Tee chapters split the nifty purse of $ 10,000. It was the second straight year for the popular opening event of the Greenbrier Classic week which runs through Sunday.

“We are thrilled to offer this special day for kids,” said Jim Justice, chairman and owner of The Greenbrier. “Our goal is to get them interested in golf and let them experience the excitement of The Greenbrier Classic.”

Polo Golf, the presenting sponsor of Youth Day, along with Callaway Golf and Coca-Cola, partnered to present this family-oriented day. The afternoon events also included a junior clinic and skills challenge.

“All involved with the First Tee of Roanoke Valley are very honored to be included in such an exciting day celebrating the First Tee and the game of golf,” noted Jennifer Blackwood, executive director of The First Tee of Roanoke Valley.  “It’s events like these that allow kids of all ages to learn valuable lessons through the game and have a great day with family and friends along the way.”

First Tee West Virginia executive director Mike Mays added, “once we spark the interest of the children, with the help of their families, we can help them strengthen their character through The First Tee programs.”