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Wednesday, April 27


Youth course tees off

This has only a little to do with Longhorns (maybe future ones), but indulge me for a paragraph or two. Yesterday, I was privileged to watch the christening of the Harvey Penick Golf Campus at the East Communities YMCA in East Austin. The campus is the latest venture in the First Tee Program. First Tee is a national organization dedicated to making the game of golf affordable and accessible to inner city kids across the nation who otherwise would not be exposed to the game. First Tee has over 200 facilities across the country and has served nearly 500,000 youth.

For those of you who don’t know, I work for the YMCA of Austin and have thought about this day for a long time. The youth of Austin now have a golf facility dedicated to them. First Tee built an amazing facility: driving range, putting green, chipping area, three practice holes, and a nine hole layout. The course looks amazing. On hand for the grand opening were stars of yesterday and hopefully stars of tomorrow. Former Longhorns standouts, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, and Cindy Figg-Currier spoke of their admiration for Harvey Penick and their excitement about the game of golf expanding its reach. Also on hand was current PGA Tour commissioner, Tim Fenchem. He summed it all up for me when he talked about a future day when a winner on the PGA of LPGA tour can talk about learning the game of golf at a First Tee facility. This was a proud moment for Austin, a proud moment for the game of golf, and a proud moment for the YMCA.


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