PGATSS Grant Empowers Local Youth

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the PGA TOUR Superstore makes grants to chapters where the stores do business to empower local youth in the surrounding community. The First Tee – Silicon Valley was the recipient of a generous $15,000 donation in support of the 2020 Class...

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Mid-Peninsula Youth Impacted by Classic Fundraiser

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

Presenting Sponsor SAGA Foundation, 15 additional sponsors and 114 players helped the First Tee – Silicon Valley expand our impact on Mid-Peninsula youth by supporting our inaugural Classic golf tournament. The fundraiser was held at Baylands Golf Links, one of our program locations, on September ...

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Participant Spotlight: Meet Leonardo Villegas Luiz

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

Meet Leonardo Villegas Luiz, an 8th grade student at Ohlone Middle School in San Jose. He has been in our program since 2018 and is an active participant advancing to the Birdie level. Additionally, he has participated in our STEM classes, Golf Play classes, and in our seasonal tournaments. Most rec...

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Borina Sutikto Received PURE Insurance Scholarship

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

First Tee of Silicon Valley participant and coach, Borina Sutikto received a $1,000 college scholarship from First Tee trustees, Ed and Lisa Vaughan. Borina applied to play in the PURE Insurance First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, but the event was cancelled due to COVID. Accepted participant...

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Coach Spotlight: Meet John Spadafore

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

John Spadafore joined our program as a participant in 2011. He grew through the program and completed Ace (our highest level) in 2014. Since then he graduated from CSU Monterey Bay and majored in Accounting. John was one of the first two alumni that we ever hired and is a pioneer for future FTSV alu...

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Classic Golf Tournament September 21st

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

There is still time to join in the fun at the First Tee of Silicon Valley’s inaugural Classic 2-Person Best Ball tournament on Monday, September 21st. Our fundraiser will take place at our class location golf course, Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto. Thank you to our generous Presenting Sponsor, S...

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Safe Summer Classes – Fall Classes Start September 8th

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

First Tee – Silicon Valley held our summer in-person classes from July 5th through August 8th with 120 participants, 19 coaches and 19 volunteers. Our team worked hard to ensure our policies were in line with county’s safety procedures and all safety policies were followed with consistency. ...

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Participant Spotlight: Meet Joshua Jang

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

Meet Joshua Jang, a Freshman at Christopher High School (Gilroy).  He has been in our program since the Fall of 2016 and has been an active participant advancing to the Ace level, the highest in our program. In addition to our certifying program, Joshua often takes part in our seasonal opportunitie...

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Coach Spotlight: Meet Jack Bachofer

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

Jack Bachofer joined our volunteer coaching team as a volunteer in the Summer of 2018 and recently became an instructor (employee) in the Spring of 2020. He has been a credentialed middle school math teacher for 11 years and has over 18 years of teaching experience. Coach Jack has an ability to reac...

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