Headline: Four Participants of The First Tee of Massachusetts Attend The First Tee Northeast Regional Challenge

For Immediate Release: July 17, 2017

Team members from The First Tee of Massachusetts

Norton, MA — A group of kids and chaperones recently participated in The First Tee Northeast Regional Challenge hosted this year by The First Tee of Raritan Valley (New Jersey). The event featured chapters from the Northeast Region of The First Tee taking part in a 3-day golf & life skills event with an array of additional activities for participants and team chaperones.

Team members from The First Tee of Massachusetts were Joe Eadie, Jr. (Longmeadow), Spencer Hemingway (Ludlow), JoJo Lloyd (South Hadley) and Leah Mitchell (Longmeadow) and they were led by coaches Joe Eadie and Mark Krause.

Mitchell, a long-time participant in The First Tee of Massachusetts, attended The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy back in 2014.

“The events that I have had the opportunity to participate in through The First Tee have been so great,” said Mitchell. “I truly appreciate the opportunity to represent The First Tee of Massachusetts and meet so many people from around the country.”

After arriving in New Jersey and checking into the team accommodations at Kean University, the first day featured a life skills and golf assessment at Galloping Hill Golf Course followed by a welcome reception for all of the participating teams. As part of the event’s overall scoring system, the assessment made up 50% of their score.

Day 2 of the Regional Challenge featured a morning trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty followed by the event’s golf competition back at Galloping Hill GC. Consisting of two age groups – 12-14 & 15-18 – participants competed in a Stableford scoring event.

“I’m so proud to be here as one of the team coaches,” said Joe Eadie, the long-time men’s golf coach at Springfield College. “I’ve seen the positive impact that The First Tee has had on so many kids over the years and to be able to share this incredible experience with my son and these kids here in New Jersey is truly awesome.”

The final day of the event featured a trip to the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National Golf Club.

“The memories that these kids created on this trip just reinforces that our program is making a positive impact on kids and families,” said Joe McCabe, Executive Director of The First Tee of Massachusetts. “I appreciate the enthusiasm of all of our participants statewide and the passion of our coaches and volunteers.”

For more information about The First Tee of Massachusetts, visit www.thefirstteemass.org.

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