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Young Golfers From Pasadena, South Korea Meet Virtually to Share Experiences

Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 2:11 pm
 
Photo of virtual meeting provided by First Tee

A group of young golf enthusiasts from Pasadena had their second digital meeting with fellow golf lovers in South Korea over the weekend, as First Tee golf organization chapters on both sides of the planet continue forging a relationship based on the love of the game, representatives said.

Despite being nearly 6,000 miles away and, separated by a 16-hour time difference, members of First Tee – Greater Pasadena and First Tee – Korea found they had quite a bit in common when they met online. The gathering took place Friday evening for the California-based golfers, but well into Saturday for their counterparts in Korea.

The two groups have met once before as they forge an official “sister chapter” relationship, which was a first for First Tee, the youth golf organization said in a written statement. The virtual meet-ups are held “in the spirit of developing a community.”

The topic of the discussion was returning to school.

“Each First Tee member shared their experience with their return to school after summer break and discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them in the classroom,” according to the statement.

“Though the majority of these students shared their displeasure with the current distance learning style, these particular young people who call First Tee their home shared how they have implemented the core values that are taught by their coaches and volunteers of the First Tee program,” the statement continued.

The golfers were also encouraged to share their favorite core values, explore their commonalities, and of course, talk golf.

Many said they’ve found golf to be an excellent way to get outdoors and have a good time while remaining socially distanced and safe, according to First Tee.

“Like any long-distance relationship, communication is key,” the statement added. The groups planned to keep in touch via their Instagram accounts, @firstteegreaterpasadena and @firstteekorea.

First Tee – Greater Pasadena operates out of the Brookside Golf Course and was founded in 2006.

“[It] has served more than 211,000 youth in the San Gabriel Valley/greater Pasadena area since that time,” the statement said. “In 2019 alone, the chapter served more than 43,000 youth through a variety of programming including the Life-Skills Education program which is designed around teaching young people the game of golf, as well as helping them understand and ultimately develop The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

First Tee – Korea was launched in 2016.

More information on First Tee – Pasadena is available online at firstteegreaterpasadena.org.

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