OUR MISSION

The mission statement of The First Tee of Tulsa is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Our motto is to “teach life skills through the game of golf.”

This story aired recently on the News on 6, and takes a look at how The First Tee of Tulsa is impacting the lives of some kids who live at Parkview Terrace.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to provide all kids ages 8-18 an opportunity to join our large The First Tee family and enjoy the great game of golf while learning valuable life lessons. The First Tee program seemlessly uses the game of golf as a vehicle to instill in our members the inherent qualities (values) of the game. We provide all equipment necessary for the class however, if a PLAYer has their own equipment, we encourage them to bring it. Programing is offered to all students at no cost.

About The First Tee of Tulsa

tulsa_full-color_rgb-01The First Tee of Tulsa is a character development youth program teaching life skills 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–one of 180 licensed The First Tee chapters worldwide. Our licensed demographic area includes all of northeastern Oklahoma.

The goal of the founders of The First Tee of Tulsa 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 that offers this opportunity at no cost to the schools, kids, or their families.

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 program level addresses different life skills and golf skills.

During the winter, The First Tee staff visits schools, exposing kids who would most likely not play the game of golf to both the program and 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 its inception through the end of 2019, more then 78,874 students have participated in The First Tee of Tulsa programming.

Our 8-week sessions at The First Tee of Tulsa Learning Center at Mohawk Park Golf Course and Page Belcher Golf Course through 2018 have taught nearly 21,000 students.

In addition, through the end of 2018, more than 50,000 students have been introduced to the game and its inherent values during outreach programing that consists of our 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. 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.

2018 First Tee Of Tulsa Programming Year In Review (Final)

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