Last Update :4/25/2013

The First Tee LIVE GREEN Event - photos - April 2013

Select chapters of The First Tee will participate in a new environmental education and course improvement program called “Live Green,” developed in partnership with The Toro Company and Audubon International. From February to September of this year, nine chapters will participate in the program, providing around 900 young people the chance to work with Audubon International and Toro to enhance their chapter’s golf course. One of the initial programs was hosted by Mark Ross at Virginia Beach National in April.

“Toro has been a longtime supporter of The First Tee and this latest program is an example of their desire to help our organization positively impact young people through educational programs,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive of The First Tee. “We are grateful for their leadership and Audubon International’s participation, and trust the young people involved in the program will benefit, as will the environment.”

“Live Green” brings attention to the environmental platform within The First Tee’s Nine Healthy Habits program. The Nine Healthy Habits is a framework for curriculum for nine health and wellness topics that participants are taught to follow both in the game of golf as well as in their personal lives. One of the wellness topics is community. The First Tee encourages young people to explore the health of their community and discover how they can give back and care for the environment.   

In addition to funding the program, Toro will inform participating young people on engineering and science as it applies to golf course care.  VGCSA golf course superintendents participated in the event, which included plantings and an introduction to landscaping and golf course maintenance. The VGCSA volunteers were Chris Brnich, Mark McCaughan, Mark Ross, Matt Boyce, Dave Melton and son Tucker, and Rob Wilmans.

“Engaging participants of The First Tee in an environmental education project such as this extends Toro’s purpose of enriching the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land,” said Mike Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are proud to partner with these two great organizations to provide students with a greater understanding of how courses today work to create a great player experience while protecting the environment.”

Audubon International will work closely with each chapter throughout the program, assisting the chapters in identifying and recommending improvements at each chapter’s course and providing environmental education to the young people involved.

About The First Tee

The First Tee (, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and on military installations. 


Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 6.2 million young people in all 50 United States and six international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chairman. 

L-R: Chris Brnich, Mark McMaughan, Mark Ross, Matt Boyce, Dave Melton, Tucker Melton, Rob Wilmans

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