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First Tee of the Grand Strand Brings Long Drives and Smiles to Kids

September 21, 2017 by Chris King

The First Tee of The Grand Strand is dedicated to growing the game of golf and instilling the organization’s nine core values into young players. While those values are great, fun is what attracts kids to the game and the TFTTGS delivered on that account with an instructional clinic that also showcased some extraordinary golf skills. 

Tom Garber, a Myrtle Beach resident and long drive champion, entertained First Tee participants with a one-hour clinic that was equal parts instruction and entertainment. While he shared tips that will help kids generate more power off the tee, watching Garber’s prodigious drives were what elicited oohs and aahs from the crowd. 

Garber, who once finished second in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, was hitting 300+ yard bombs at the Cane Patch driving range, much to the delight of the kids in attendance. 

But everything the First Tee does comes back to player and personal development highlighted by those nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement. 

The organization’s commitment to those values (and events like Monday's) have pushed the First Tee to the forefront in efforts to the grow locally and nationally.