First Tee – Greater Richmond Celebrates 25 Years of Building Game Changers

Organization has been impacting the lives of youth in the community since 1998

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 28, 2023) – For 25 years, First Tee – Greater Richmond has used golf to impact the lives of young people. This week, the youth development organization is kicking off its 25th anniversary with the first of many features and a new anniversary storytelling hub on

Since incorporating in 1998 as one of First Tee’s first chapters, First Tee – Greater Richmond has steadily grown across the community, culminating by impacting nearly 75,000 youth in 2022. The organization also operates three public golf facilities in the Richmond area – Belmont, the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range, and The Tattersall Youth Development Center – offering affordable, accessible golf to the entire community.

“There is little doubt that our chapter has grown significantly and had an indelible impact on thousands of young people during the last 25 years,” said Brent Schneider, First Tee – Greater Richmond CEO. “We are grateful for the vision of our founders, including Fred Tattersall, and for his leadership.

“Congratulations and thank you to all who have played an essential part in growing First Tee – our participants, coaches, volunteers, donors, team members and partners – who have helped create this impact over the last 25 years. We’re extremely excited about the future of our organization and how we can continue to strengthen the character of our community moving forward.”

First Tee – Greater Richmond recently completed a comprehensive strategic plan designed to carry the organization through 2025. The focus of the plan will be on Youth Development, Impactful Golf Operations, Sustainability, and Deeping Community Partnerships.

The first of several features on the organization focuses on its origins as one of First Tee’s pilot chapters. First Tee – Greater Richmond was officially incorporated on Feb. 26, 1998, and quickly became one of the bellwether chapters in the national organization through the leadership of Fred Tattersall, Bobby Ukrop, Bill Goodwin, and other Richmond community leaders.

Throughout 2023, First Tee – Greater Richmond will be shining a light on several facets of the chapter, including alumni, participants, coaches, donors, and its impact both locally and nationally. The organization will also be hosting several events, including its 25th anniversary celebration on May 4.

To learn more about First Tee – Greater Richmond, its impact and future vision, please visit:


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Bill Potter