About The First Tee of Tulsa

tulsa_full-color_rgb-01The First Tee of Tulsa is a character development youth program  teaching lifeskills using the game of golf as the vehicle. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at Mohawk Park Golf Course and Page Belcher Golf Course in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is one of 180 licensed The First Tee Chapters worldwide.  Our licensed demographic area includes all of Northeastern Oklahoma.

The founder’s of The First Tee of Tulsa core belief was to offer the program at no cost to any participant. To this day, The First Tee of Tulsa continues to be one of the few chapters in the entire The First Tee Network who offers this opportunity at no charge.

It is a year round program in which students come to Mohawk in the spring, summer and fall. We have an affiliate location for summer programming at Page Belcher Golf Course in Tulsa. There are eight levels of promotion in the program-Sorenstam, Jones, Hogan, Whitworth, Palmer, Birdie, Eagle and Ace. Each level addresses different life skills and golf skills.

During the winter, The First Tee staff visits schools exposing the program and the game of golf to kids who most likely would not play the game. Students ages 8-18 are welcome to register.

Chapter History

southernhillstowerFunds from the 1995 and 1996 PGA TOUR Championships were placed in the Southern Hills Country Club Charitable Foundation and in March 2000, Southern Hills Country Club’s Board of Governors approved application of the foundation assets toward the promotion of golf and tennis to children of all diversities and social strata. The Southern Hills Country Club Charitable Foundation has been instrumental in the development and continued success of The First Tee program at Mohawk Park for the youth of Tulsa. Nick Sidorakis and the Southern Hills Country Club Board of Governors continues to work tirelessly behind the scenes raising and seeking funding to defray operational costs to keep the program free to all participants. This program is an initiative to provide access to the game of golf to all kids. The program is grounded on golf’s unique way of instilling and nurturing essential values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and a solid work ethic in young people.

In 1999, a partnership between Southern Hills Country Club Charitable Foundation and The First Tee was formed. The physical plant construction was started in the summer of 2000 and was completed in 2001. Phase one included construction of a practice driving range and chipping and putting green (which Mohawk Park has never had) for use by the general public and The First Tee program. Further, it included the re-routing of the back nine of the Pecan Valley Golf Course for The First Tee program. In excess of $475,000 was raised to start the phase two construction of the Junior Golf Headquarters and Learning Center.

Janice Gibson was hired as the Program Director in the spring of 2001 and the first classes were in session the summer of 2001.

Sunday, October 14, 2001 was the grand opening of The First Tee of Tulsa Junior Golf Headquarters and Learning Center at Mohawk Park Golf Course. The 5,079 square foot facility (enclosed area and porches, decks, etc.)features an indoor hitting facility including a computer learning center; classrooms to conduct educational programs; class space for activities that will develop participants’ self-esteem, civic responsibility and confidence to broaden their goals in life.

The grand opening was well-attended by the program participants, their parents, The First Tee of Tulsa Board members, program instructors, the Tulsa community and representatives from The First Tee home office. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a life-size version of the statue entitled, “Someday,” created by Rosalind Cook for the U.S. Open contestants, was unveiled. Southern Hills Country Club Charitable Foundation donated the statue to The First Tee of Tulsa in honor of Al Bush, Chairman of the 101st U.S. Open, for his efforts on behalf of Southern Hills Country Club. The statue is dedicated to all the boys and girls who, through The First Tee, will have the opportunity to play and enjoy the great game of golf.

About Us Today

photo12Since the inception of the programming more then 18,000 students have participated in classes at The First Tee of Tulsa Learning Center at Mohawk Park Golf Course and Page Belcher Golf Course through 2016.

In addition, more then 32,783 students have been introduced to the game and its inherent values during outreach programing that consists of the Winter Program, The National School Program and our Outreach Clinics in which The First Tee staff goes into the schools and introduces young people to The First Tee of Tulsa through 2016. At The First Tee of Tulsa we use golf as the vehicle through which kids can accomplish their dreams, thrive socially, excel academically and athletically, and become productive members of society with integrity, strong family values and commitment.

A grand total of over 50,783 students have been involved in The First Tee of Tulsa since 2001.

For more details about our facility and programs, please contact our offices at (918) 591-4168 or email us at jgibson@thefirstteetulsa.org.