On Sunday, October 25, the MountainView Golf Club was once again visited by 26 young members of The First Tee of Tucson, our regional affiliate of the First Tee organization sponsored by the PGA and the LPGA. For some this may have been their first experience with a real golf course. For all it was an afternoon full of fun, full of laughter and, of course, a time for all to take up the challenge called golf.
The kids arrived early in the afternoon and quickly hit the driving range to loosen up and prepare for the nine hole match. Each member was paired with a volunteer host, a/k/a cart driver and caddie. Every hole was modified to accommodate the ability, the experience and the age of the players who ranged in age from nine or 10 to 15 or 16. Some played from our forward tees and others found improvised tee locations closer to the greens. All players participated in a cleverly conceived chipping and putting contest, designed by Phil Gray and his able assistant, Steve Garceau, on the ninth green after they completed their round. Keeping score was not a requirement. Having fun and enjoying the experience was mandatory. Pizza was enjoyed on the east patio of the Bistro and all had a chance to share their best story or stories about the day. Laughter was the common ingredient. The now annual event ended with the presentation of an $800 donation from the MPMGA to The First Tee of Tucson.
The MPMGA hosted its first First Tee Event in 2012 and each year the Saddlebrooke army of volunteers and involved community supporters have worked together to guarantee its success. To all the MPMGA, MPWGA and Mountainview Niners members who volunteered to host the young golfers and manage the day we offer a special thank you. You did a great job. And, to Tim Koch, many thanks for all you have done to make this event so perfect each year. To Jim Handrigan, who donated a large box of used golf balls so each kid could feel special, we send our thanks. And finally, many thanks go to Robson Communities, Inc. and to Mike Jahaske for the generous contributions you made to this year’s event.