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The First Tee helps teen keep his eyes on the ball


Caliph Banks is a friendly, outgoing 15-year old who enjoys talking to everyone. Having been home schooled since seventh grade, he hadn’t been actively involved in organized sports.

His mother, Constance, was searching a home schooling website when she learned about The First Tee. Not only was the facility just 10 minutes from home, she liked that the program uses golf to teach life skills.

“I thought, let’s give it a try. I felt like it could reinforce what we teach Caliph at home. It was also a good way for him to meet other kids his age,” she said.

After starting the program in 2015, Caliph now plays at the Advanced Par level. As his game has progressed, so has his maturity and sense of responsibility.

“It’s been fun and it helps me with honesty because that is one of the program’s core values,” said Caliph.

His mother sees a positive change in him as well.

“I see him being more responsible and taking more initiative with things that concern him,” Constance said. “I would tell other parents, if you want your children to learn the game of golf and how to be courteous, kind and responsible, then sign up for The First Tee.”

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