NEWS from The First Tee of Roanoke Valley April 24, 2017

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

CONGRATULATIONS!  Coach Evans had a Hole in One Blue Hills #4 on Feb 8; it was his second one ever!

In The News!

  1. Read the latest edition of Virginia Golfer Magazine – featuring former Scott Robertson Tournament participant Ariya Jutanugarn (sister Moriya was SRM ladies champion in 2011 and 2012)
  2. Thank you to the VSGA! For the wonderful article “The First Tee – So Much More than Golf” See the Roanoke highlights on page 12 –


Thank you Fishwick Family We made a little video to say Thank you! to The Fishwick Family for their generous support of The First Tee of Roanoke Valley.  Our newly renovated tee line is at the heart of our instructional program – we LOVE it! the kids LOVE it! and we are so grateful for their support.  Click here to read more.

The 34th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Junior Golf Tournament, sponsored by Kroger, is May 19-21 at Roanoke Country Club.   Tournament information is available on the Scott Robertson Memorial web site .

Help us produce another wonderful Scott Robertson tournament!  All proceeds from the SRM tournament support programming at The First Tee of Roanoke Valley.

LIKE A GREAT SHIRT?   How about a great cause? Make a gift of $1,000 or more in support of the Scott Robertson Tournament and you will receive a custom Peter Millar shirt with our thanks!

We will publish the list of donors:  Cleek ($250), Niblick ($500), Jigger ($1,000), Mashie ($2500) and Brassie ($5,000) in tournament material.   Please send your 2017 tax deductible contribution before May 1st  so we can include your name in tournament program and other signage.  Thank you for your past generosity and consideration; we are grateful for your continued support.

Make your gift online today! 

 MEDIA INTERN NEEDED  during the Scott Robertson Tournament May 19 -21.  This is a great opportunity for a College student or High School student who is interested in working with the media.  (Or a seasoned professional who really loves great golf!)  Contact Jennifer Blackwood for more details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Scott Robertson Tournament – as well as The First Tee of Roanoke Valley.  Help with a tournament, get involved on a committee, serve as a mentor, help with our raffle.. there’s so many ways for YOU to make an impact on the deserving kids in our community. Click here  to sign up for opportunities throughout the year!

2017 MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAY SERIES  Register now for Middle School outings this spring!   The First Tee of Roanoke Valley is partnering with area golf clubs to offer a Middle School team golf on-course play series. Open to all middle school golfers in the area, each team will be comprised of two golfers playing team scramble format. Individual players are also welcome! Each match consists of 6 holes with a double par maximum.  Hunting Hill CC, Hanging Rock Golf Club, Ole Monterey & Hidden Valley Country Club (HVCC) will host these events. Events are on Tuesdays April 11, 25 and May 2 and May 9.  Register now! for the events that you can attend.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!  FREE WEEKLY PRACTICE TIMES!  Spring participants – ages 7 – 11 years old – are welcome to attend Skills / Drills weekly practice sessions at Densmore Road on Wednesday afternoons 2:45 – 4pm. Skills/Drills is offered in addition to class times and is available at no additional charge to anyone enrolled in the spring session.
Attending Skills and Drills sessions allow our teaching staff an opportunity to work individually with students while demonstrating different practice methods for outside of classes.  Register online for the sessions that fit your schedule.

PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION: The 2017 summer and fall classes at The First Tee of Roanoke Valley are posted on our website    Summer classes start in June. If you are not sure which class your child should be enrolled in, please email or phone Coach Bill. We generally follow the national age standards where 7 is the minimum age for PLAYer, age 9 for PAR; age 11 for BIRDIE, and age 13 for EAGLE. Children ages 5 – 7 are eligible for our chapter program, Tiger Paws. All participants who are new to The First Tee should plan to start in either the Tiger Paw or Player classes. Register on-line today!    Please note:  As of April 5th,  The First Tee of Roanoke Valley has a new online registration system.  If your child has attended classes here in the past, please click here for registration instructions.

WE OFFER CLASSES AT VISTA LINKS, too!  Thanks to Coach Scott Frasier, The First Tee is offering entry multi-level spring and summer classes at Vista Links.  Register on-line today!

WE ALSO OFFER CLASSES AT THE WESTLAKE  Thanks to Coach Darren Doyle, The First Tee is offering entry level classes in Franklin County this year.  Register on-line today!

SIGN UP NOW FOR GIRLS ONLY LPGA USGA GOLF CAMP LEAD BY COACH MARY BETH!  Coach Mary Beth will make a guest appearance this summer at The First Tee of Roanoke Valley to lead our special Girls Only afternoon golf camp June 6 – 8, from 1pm – 3pm.    Register online today!


GO PLAY GOLF!  Junior Golf Specials in the area

Big Lick Golf Driving Range 4855 Hollins Rd • Roanoke, VA 24019 • (540) 563-4699
Tuesdays (10-4):         Seniors (55 and older) / half priced range balls
Wednesdays (10-4):    Ladies / half priced range balls
Thursdays (10-4):        Juniors (16 and younger) / half priced range balls

Brookside Par 3 Golf Course | 6303 Williamson Rd • Roanoke, VA 24019 • (540) 366-6059
Daily: $8.00 Green Fees for juniors (and adult playing partners)

Hanging Rock Golf Club 1500 Red Lane • Salem, VA 24153 • (540)-389-7275
Daily: Half priced range balls for juniors (17 and under)
Saturdays: Parent-child 18 hole specials after 12:00 pm

Lakeside Golf Center 400 Northern Dr. • Salem, VA 24153 • (540) 375-6708
Daily: Discount pricing on range balls for juniors (10 am – 6 pm)

Salem Municipal Golf Course 601 Academy St• Salem, VA 24153 • (540) 354-3542
Daily: Juniors and Students $5.00 (unlimited play)

The Westlake 360 Chestnut Creek Dr. • Hardy, VA 24101 • (540) 721-4214
Daily: Free greens fee for juniors ages 17 & under
*Call ahead for more information and availability

WANT TO PLAY IN A JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT?  Click here to find opportunities in our area.  Pars and Birdies!

The 34th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Junior Golf Tournament, sponsored by Kroger, is May 19-21 at Roanoke Country Club.

Greenbrier Classic Youth Day July 4th

Delta Dental State Open of Virginia Youth Day July 19; tournament 20- 22

The 6th Annual Parent Child Golf Tournament is set for September 23 & 24th, 2017.

Your Donations Directly Benefit Our Participants 
More happens at The First Tee of Roanoke Valley because your donations directly impact programs being delivered to each and every student. Every participant matters—and every gift, no matter the size, matters.   Class fees only cover a small percentage of the cost to run our programs; the rest depends on the generosity of people like you.   Donate Now!

IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR KROGER COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION!! Please register and/or renew your Kroger Plus Card to benefit The First Tee of Roanoke Valley. Community contributions are essential to The First Tee of Roanoke Valley. Follow these easy instructions and your grocery shopping will benefit our programs:
1. Go to
2. Click on “Create an Account”
3. Fill out information and click “Create Account”
4. Fill out information and include your Kroger Plus Card number*
5. Under “Community Rewards” select “Enroll”
6. Fill out information
7. Select our organization – 83330- Scott Robertson Memorial / 1st Tee Rke Valley
8. Click on “Enroll”
9. You will receive a confirmation email
10. You will see Scott Robertson Memorial/1st Tee Rke Valley listed under Community Rewards on your Account Summary page.

Every time you swipe your Kroger Plus Card at the register, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley benefits. It is that simple!

*Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.


     Thank you for your support of The First Tee of Roanoke Valley!



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