Annual Champions Day Highlighted Exemplary Students in The First Tee National School Program

On Tuesday, The First Tee of Greater Richmond hosted its third annual Champions Day for Richmond City Public Schools at the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range. Each of the 26 elementary schools selected four exemplary students to represent their school based upon the student’s performance and understanding of golf skills and life skills taught through The First Tee National School Program. Champions Day gave students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and showcase their skills learned in physical education classes at a green grass facility. Students will rotated through a variety of stations including a combination of golf skills, The First Tee Nine Core Values, The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, and STEM curriculum. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has been used by the United States Golf Association as an exciting way to educate young people using the game of golf.

Thank you to our Champions Day partners!

The Richmond City Fire Department taught students the importance of fire safety with one of their fire engines present.
VCU Mary Frances Youth Center brought Lobs & Lessons to include a station with tennis, a sport using similar motor skills.
Adams Performance included a station activating youth fitness and strength in conjunction with the Healthy Habits curriculum taught in The First Tee Program.
The Science Museum of Virginia sent robots for the STEM station giving students the opportunity to navigate robotic “golf balls” by iPad to score points.
                  For all questions about Champions Day, please contact Berkley Jackson, Program Coordinator: [email protected]

Volunteers Raise $65,000 for Youth Programs

The Leadership Advisory Board and friends of The First Tee completed another successful year of the Longest Day of Golf and Birdies & Brews – two events that make up one major fundraising endeavor for the organization. In its fourth year, these valuable volunteers raised $65,000 for The First Tee of Greater Richmond. Support from special events provide the organization with needed support to carry out dynamic youth development programs to the young people of RVA.

The Longest day of golf

The two-day event kicked off on Friday, October 12th with the 2018 Longest Day of Golf. At The Tattersall Youth Development Center at The First Tee Chesterfield Golf Course, 18 players played golf from 8am to 5pm while soliciting support through their individual fundraising pages.

Birdies & Brews

The following evening, Birdies & Brews completed the fun – open to the public, over 140 guests purchased tickets to receive unlimited golf, live music, and food and beverage at The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range. Thank you to our event entertainment sponsors:

Stone Brewing RVA

Belle Isle Craft Spirits

Richmond Wine Station

Salt and Forge
Live Music
Stillwater Hum   We cannot wait until next year’s event – stay connected with us for a save the date in the upcoming months. We welcome new sponsors in 2019!
For all event questions, please contact: Madison Medlin, Senior Director of Marketing & Events: [email protected]


Women & Golf – A Parfect Relationship

The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range hosted an event new to its kind on Thursday evening. Capital Bank and the City of Richmond gathered the community’s Women of Influence to network and introduce The First Tee through golf games – some of which taught by young women enrolled in our LPGA Girls Golf Program. Gail Letts, Board Member of The First Tee of Greater Richmond, lead efforts alongside Patricia Foster and Jane Ferrara. The diverse group of women talked about the importance of women participation in golf and the benefits it provides in networking – both in business life and in personal life.  Thanks to local food and beverage sponsors, guests enjoyed hor d’oeuvres from Soul N Vinegar, wine from Richmond Wine Station, and beer from Stone Brewing RVA.


This empowering event, Women & Golf – A Parfect Relationship, comes alongside a new campaign launch from LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. In coordination with the LPGA Women’s NetworkLPGA Teaching & Club Professionals, and the We Are Golf Women’s Task Force, #inviteHER is nationwide. The LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program describes it as “a campaign to encourage golfers to inspire the women in their lives to play golf and will focus on the friendly invite to prospective golfers which can be initiated through a specific event, a visit to a local driving range or Topgolf, taking a lesson, or playing a few holes.” And The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range and The First Tee of Greater Richmond is a proud supporter of this invitation. 

Host your event with us!

For more information about hosting your next business outing, teambuilding activity, or networking event, please contact: Kelly McAnally, Senior VP of Operations – [email protected].

Thank you, Richmond Wine Station!

In June, The First Tee of Greater Richmond served as the beneficiary of Richmond Wine Station‘s Inaugural Appreciation Month. This endeavor sparked from Jeff Wells, Senior Partner of RWS, and his thirst to give back to “good organizations that are delivering high quality services to our local people.” During Appreciation Months, 10% of revenue generated at Richmond Wine Station on Wednesdays and Sundays go back to a local organization. Thanks to this generous effort, The First Tee received over $1,200 in proceeds to ensure high quality, mission-driven ongoing youth programs.

Our youth are everything. If we can change the course of one child’s life then you indirectly change the lives of ten others.”

Jeff Wells*, Senior Partner, Richmond Wine Station

*A special thanks to Jeff for his pledge to match 100% of proceeds generated for The First Tee of Greater Richmond upon completion of the Richmond Wine Station Appreciation Month. His match is included in the total received.   Pictured Left: Representing the Richmond Wine Station, Angela Hall, General Manager, & Emerson Espinoza, Assistant Manager, present checks to Madison Medlin, Senior Director of Marketing & Events from The First Tee of Greater Richmond.  


Locally rooted in Scott’s Addition, Richmond Wine Station brings fine wine and technology together. Through tastings or full glass options, over 60 wines poured through self-dispensing machines allow customers to enjoy themselves in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. In addition to wine, Richmond Wine Station also serves eight tap pour by the ounce craft beer options.
Visit the station: 2930 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VirginiA 23230

Hampton Roads Wins The 2018 Redmond Cup

Sam Rogers (left) and Benjamin Rogers
The Redmond Cup wrapped up at Salisbury Country Club on Wednesday, August 8th. In its 8th consecutive year, the event serves as a platform for participants of The First Tee from around the mid-Atlantic region to exhibit sportsmanship and fellowship in a friendly competition. The Redmond Cup Participant Dinner kicked off the two-day event on Tuesday, August 7th. Participants heard from two guests speakers, brothers Benjamin Rogers and Sam Rogers, about the importance of taking life skills learned from sports and translating them into their every day lives – at home, in the community, and at work. Benjamin spoke on responsibility and Sam spoke on perseverance, two of The First Tee Nine Core Values.               Chapters in attendance: Greater Richmond, Greater Charlotte, the Triangle, Hampton Roads, and Greater Washington, D.C.
2018 Redmond Cup Champions: The First Tee of Hampton Roads

The redmond cup

In six player teams, two 9-holers and four 18-holers, total scores determine the Redmond Cup winner.  For the first time since the event’s inception, The First Tee of Hampton Roads won The 2018 Redmond Cup with a total score of 179 (-1). Their win knocked off four-time defending champions from The First Tee of Greater Charlotte.

9-Hole Division

In a captain’s choice format, participant pairs played 9-holes on the Huguenot track of Salisbury Country Club. The First Tee of Greater Richmond’s Paul Ancona and Madison Lehr scored 34 (-2) placing first and The First Tee of Greater Charlotte’s Ella Kue and Samanyu Bedi won runner-up the division with a score of 36 (E).


In a best ball format, two participant pairs played 18-holes – both the Huguenot and Buckingham tracks of SCC. The First Tee of Greater Richmond’s D’yan Robinson and Noah Wheeler secured runner-up with a score of 70 (-2). The First Tee of Hampton Roads’ Gerry Jones, Jr. and Amber Mackiewicz took home the win with a tournament record score of 66 (-6).
9-hole Champions – From left to right: Madison Lehr, Scott Redmond, Paul Ancona
18-hole Champions – From left to right: Gerry Jones, Jr., Scott Redmond, Amber Mackiewicz
                Thank you, Scott Redmond of Redmond Asset Management for bringing this event to life. It is because of his vision and commitment that participants of The First Tee can gather for a special tournament at an exclusive country club each year.    

Summer Happy Hour Powered by Dominion Energy

With the Dominion Energy Charity Classic around the corner, The First Tee of Greater Richmond is collaborating with Dominion Energy for an employee volunteer event followed by the final Summer Happy Hour event of its series on Wednesday, August 29th. Connecting community service and patron engagement, this event is powered by Dominion Energy and benefitting The First Tee of Greater Richmond.

Community SERVICE

Dominion Energy is proud of its employees for their thirst to give back to RVA. Thanks to their eagerness to engage with the community, over 30 employees will enhance the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range through a landscape revival project including weeding, planting, mulching, and picking up trash along the fence-line on School Street. Upon completion, employees of Dominion Energy will further connect with The First Tee at the final Summer Happy Hour event.

Patron Engagement

Digging deeper into a partnership with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, The First Tee of Greater Richmond is promoting Birdies for Charity presented by Towne Bank, a fundraising platform in which all donations receive a 10% bonus.
You Donate, We both benefit
You can benefit in more ways than a tax exemption!
  • From August 1st until October 21st, all donors who give through Birdies for Charity to The First Tee will be entered to win a Callaway Odyssey Putter.
  • On August 29th, all donors who give through Birdies for Charity at the Summer Happy Hour Series will be entered to win a dozen ProVIs.
Donate today!

About the Summer Happy Hour and Golf Series

New this summer, The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range began a series of happy hours targeted toward building impactful partnerships with the RVA food and beverage industry while hosting its patrons. These monthly events allowed The First Tee of Greater Richmond to benefit from local brewery partnerships, specifically Stone Brewing, food trucks such as Boka Tako, and first class golf vendors, Titleist and Callaway.
For questions about this event or partnership, please contact: Kelly McAnally, [email protected]

Caddie for a PGA TOUR Champions Pro & Support The First Tee

Are you looking for a way to have the golf experience of a lifetime caddying for one of the world’s best golfers while benefiting The First Tee of Greater Richmond? On Monday, October 15th, The Kanawha Club is hosting a morning pro-am + PGA TOUR Champions skins challenge fundraiser featuring 18 PGA TOUR Champions Professionals including: Fred Funk, Bernard Langer, Tom Lehman, Jerry Kelly, and more. Seeking a way to support our mission, hosts of this event asked The First Tee to provide the caddies for the PGA TOUR Champions.  A minimum of $1,000 paid to The First Tee of Greater Richmond secures your placement.  Each caddie will receive:
  • A bag of one of the PGA TOUR Champions for the morning pro-am and the skins shootout
  • A still and “action work” photo with you and your PGA TOUR Champion
  • An invite to pro-am luncheon at Kanawha Club following play
  • An Imperial The First Tee of Greater Richmond hat along with a Kanawha caddie bib
  Due to the anticipated popularity of this opportunity, caddie assignment is first come, first serve & determined by random drawing from the chapter. 

For all questions and to fulfill payment, please contact:

Brent Schneider, CEO, The First Tee of Greater Richmond

[email protected] | 804-378-2188

9211 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite 104, Richmond, VA 23235


Caraballo, Aulger Win National Par-3 Championship

The results are in! The First Tee National Par-3 Championship successfully completed its fourth year in Richmond over the weekend. 32 participants of The First Tee competed in 36-holes of individual stroke play at The Kanawha Club to determine a boys and girls champion and runner-up.

Girls Division

Saturday’s round ended in a tie with Alisa Caraballo representing The First Tee of Roanoke Valley and Jaclyn Kenzel representing The First Tee of the Sandhills (North Carolina) both at nine over par (117). In a playoff on the ninth hole, Caraballo took home the championship declaring Kenzel the runner-up.
Alisa Caraballo, Girls Champion

Jaclyn Kenzel, Girls Runner-Up



Boys Division

The boys division closed with a two-stroke difference between Ty Aulger, The First Tee of Northwest Florida, and Drew Greene, The First Tee of Aiken. Aulger clinched the championship with a score of four over par (112) and Greene finished as runner-up with a score of six over par (116).
Ty Aulger, Boys Champion
Drew Greene, Boys Runner-Up
Click here to view full results Thank you to all volunteers, sponsors, and staff who made this event possible for 32 deserving young adults. We look forward to continued success hosting local, regional, and national opportunities for our youth.     

Over $90,000 Raised for National Event

The First Tee of Greater Richmond is hosting The First Tee National Par-3 Championship this week at The Kanawha Club in Manakin-Sabot, VA. While this event is a national participant opportunity, it also serves as a major fundraising event for the local host chapter. 16 event sponsors, both corporate and individual, contributed over $90,000 in funds to support ongoing youth programs for The First Tee of Greater Richmond.

The First Tee National Par-3 Championship Kick-Off Dinner

The week kicked off on Wednesday evening with a celebratory dinner gathering sponsors, guests, Board members, and 32 participants of The First Tee from around the country. Special Guest Jim Dodson also joined the evening to deliver a message about the game of golf and its positive impact on his life, relating to all guests present.

The First Tee National Par-3 Championship Junior/Am Tournament

The excitement continued into Thursday as sponsor foursomes joined participants of The First Tee in a 9-hole competition spread across two waves in a best two balls format. Guests also experienced The First Tee firsthand through a putting contest with SNAG equipment. Congratulations to the following winners: 9am wave: Interface and Elena Anderson (-3), Champion; 1607 Capital Partners and Madison Harwell/Ty Aulger (-2), Runner-Up 3pm wave: Mike Walton and Courtney Cervelle/Drew Greene (-3), Champion; Spider Management and Meredith Kiernan/Bradley Wong (E), Runner-Up  
9am wave champions
3pm wave champions
Thank you to everyone who made this fundraising event possible. Because of you, The First Tee of Greater Richmond is able to continue positively impacting the lives of youth in our community.   

Meet Our 2018 Summer Interns

The First Tee of Greater Richmond’s Summer Internship Program is in its fourth year! Summer Interns are responsible for helping to guide and coach young people to become responsible citizens and active golfers through the delivery of daily life skill and golf instruction in summer camp. The Summer Internship Program will: introduce interns to inspiring young people; develop interactions with families, board members, staff and other constituents of The First Tee of Greater Richmond; expose interns to all elements of a thriving, growing, and successful nonprofit in the Richmond area including but not limited to marketing strategies, fundraising, and professional development.

Meet our Interns

We are pleased to introduce our EIGHT summer interns. Click their names to learn more about each aspiring young leader.

Lain Barclay

2017 Summer Interns
School: The University of Georgia Major: Economics

Peyton Broach

School: Radford University Major: Marketing

Kathryn Cardenas

School: The University of Virginia Major: Commerce

Reynolds Griffith

School: Washington and Lee University Major: European History

Luke Guenther

School: The University of Georgia Major: Communication Studies

Morgan Hoff

School: Virginia Commonwealth University Major: Public Relations

Trey Kelleher

School: James Madison University Major: Sports Management

Josephina Oh

School: The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Major: PGA Golf Management

RVA to Host National Participant Opportunity

Each year, The First Tee of Greater Richmond welcomes 32 participants from around the country to attend The First Tee National Par-3 Championship. Hosted at The Kanawha Club, this national participant opportunity not only provides deserving youth with a platform to showcase their golf skills, but also highlights the good work behind The First Tee’s mission: teaching life skills and core values beyond the course.
This year, participants arrive in Richmond on June 12th to begin their six-day experience consisting of three main components:

1. life skill development

Participants will work on life skill development through dorm living at the University of Richmond, interaction with participants from around the country, and engagement with local supporters. On Wednesday, June 13th, a Kick-Off Dinner brings sponsors and friends of the Richmond community gather to meet The First Tee participants and hear from special guest, American Sportswriter James Dodson. The First Tee National Par-3 Championship Junior/Am Tournament on Thursday, June 14th provides participants an opportunity to engage with event sponsors in a 9-hole.

2. East vs. West: The Territory Cup

Prior to individual stroke play, participants will represent their territory, East and West, in a team match-play format. The Tattersall Youth Development Center at The First Tee Chesterfield Golf Course is set to host this year’s Territory Cup the morning of Wednesday, June 13th.


The purpose of The First Tee’s National Par-3 Championship is to provide a top-tier player experience for exemplary participants of The First Tee from around the country. This event provides 32 participants the opportunity to play in a 36-hole competition – 18-holes of individual stroke play on Friday, June 15th and 18-holes of individual stroke play on Saturday, June 16th. Total scores determine the Boys’ and Girls’ National Par-3 Champion.
The First Tee of Greater Richmond is proud to host this annual event to celebrate The First Tee mission fulfilled in the lives of young people. Event support directly benefits annual operations and programs. For all questions about supporting this event, please contact Madison Medlin, Senior Director of Marketing and Events[email protected].  

Winter’s Harsh Reality

400 School Street, Richmond, VA 23222
Last fall, the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range re-opened after receiving a $1.2 million facelift which included renovations to the clubhouse, the addition of two TrackMan 4 simulators, reshaping and re-sodding of the driving range, and converting the greens on course to Champion Bermuda grass. The Richmond community, golfers and non-golfers alike, embraced these improvements with ease showing increased use of the public golf facility, thus confirming the great work accomplished through the renovation. But unfortunately, Mother Nature welcomed us to the reality of living in a transition zone state – a place where extreme weather in all seasons poses challenges for each turf species. This winter was no exception.


According to a study1 between the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Virginia Cooperative Extension, “We had spring in February, revisited winter during March, then went through the weather roller coaster ride that is April and early May in [Virginia].”  And our upgraded turf, specifically Champion Bermuda, took a hit. While we saw improvements over the last two weeks, further evaluation proved selective tees and other areas could not rebound to its original, immaculate condition.


The Latitude Bermuda Practice Tee Remains Open
As we recover from the winter damage, all greens at the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range will undergo re-sprigging with Champion Bermuda. During this time, we will also further enhance the practice facility by leveling out the putting green. This course renewal project is estimated to begin early June and continue for an eight-week period. The main practice tee and driving range were not affected and will continue to operate as normal throughout the summer. Your patience is appreciated as we close the 6-hole golf course and practice greens during this time of re-grassing. All youth programs (classes & camps) and community-wide events will be unaffected and will proceed as normal.


The First Tee of Greater Richmond is committed to maintaining a premier facility for our youth, our patrons, and our partners. In the meantime, we welcome you to utilize the grass tee driving range and the indoor TrackMan 4 simulators to improve your game. For club fitting or private lessons please see a member of our professional staff. Click here to stay informed about this process. For all questions, please contact: Kelly McAnally, Senior VP of Operations – [email protected]
1 2018 Turfgrass Winterkill Update