Drive, Chip & Putt Local Qualifier – Lula Rivera Advances!

Each summer, local youth golfers in the Greater Wilmington test their skills at the local Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier at Country Club of Landfall. It presents a stage for the participants to showcase their skills but also be able to manage their nerves and emotions. First Tee – Greater Wilmington had 10 participants entered into the DCP at Country Club of Landfall this year. One of those participants, Lula Rivera, advanced to the regional qualifier at UNC Finley on July 21st! Lula scored a total of 70 points, which was enough to place in 3rd and advance to the next round! Lula was competing in the Female 14-15 Age Group with 8 other golfers. What a huge accomplishment!! We give our biggest congrats to her and wish her the best of luck on July 21st at UNC Finley Golf Course. Other notable First Tee – Greater Wilmington Participants: Cooper Moss – Finished 2nd in the chip portion of her age division For more information about what the Drive, Chip & Putt competition is, click here.    

Baseball & Golf Go Hand in Hand – Wilmington Sharks Give Back

The Wilmington Sharks invited the First Tee – Greater Wilmington out for a night at the ballpark on Wednesday, July 14th. Our participants traded in their golf clubs for their baseball gloves and shark fins! Our night at the ballpark included free entry into the game and a complimentary meal for the participants. Prior to the game, we lined up on the field to high-five the starting line-up for the Sharks and our Birdie Level Participant, Lula Rivera, had the opportunity to yell “Play Ball” over the speaker to excite the crowd for game time! On Friday, July 16th, a few Shark players brought their golf knowledge to the Maides Park Community Center and helped First Tee coach their PLAYer level program to about 20 kids. It was obvious their golf games were pretty good! Thank you to the Wilmington Sharks for a fun evening! We are grateful for our partnership with you!

Communities in Schools Summer Program w/ First Tee

Communities in Schools of Cape Fear works in partnership with public schools to identify and connect students, many in jeopardy of dropping out, with the community resources they need to stay engaged in school. This summer, First Tee – Greater Wilmington was fortunate enough to establish a partnership that granted access for students in summer school at Freedom School to participate in the First Tee PLAYer Level program. During the week of July 12th, First Tee – Greater Wilmington spent 2 hours each afternoon on the football ball introducing the students to the game of golf but more importantly establishing relationships with them. The students had the opportunity to learn chipping, putting, full-swing with irons and driver, and even play a few modified holes of golf. The excitement level with the students was phenomenal and even the coaches had a tremendous time. “Each day we were able to connect with students and grow their interest in the game of golf. The engagement from them was impressive and they were determined to be successful, whether that meant getting the ball up in the air or simply hitting it past a noodle on the range. We are excited to continue and grow this partnership with Communities in Schools.” – Brittany Zachrich, Executive Director – First Tee – Greater Wilmington. For more information about Communities in Schools Cape Fear, click here.  

GLOW Academy Golf Clinic

We had a SPECTACULAR time at GLOW Academy hosting a First Tee Golf Clinic on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021. We danced, worked on our chip shots, & even played a captain’s choice tournament! GLOW student and First Tee participant, Rosa, taught us about golf etiquette and explained how to keep track of our score in golf. Thirteen GLOW students participated in this after-school golf clinic. 
We are looking forward to our “Glowing the Links” camp in mid-May that will include a special guest speaker, Anyka Williams – Founder of GirlSquad, and a visit to the Evolve Golf EC2 Foundry where the students will learn from their graphic artists how they take a golf course logo and print them on tees and custom, hand-stamped metals.
A huge thank you to the staff at GLOW Academy for helping us make this clinic a huge success. We look forward to our continued partnership.

Grace Holcomb Leaves Her Mark in Wilmington and at First Tee

We are so proud of our Eagle participant, and Laney H.S. senior, Grace Holcomb for winning the Mid Eastern Conference tournament with an amazing score of 65 at Magnolia Greens on Tuesday April 27th. This was Grace’s last conference tournament as a senior. We wish her the best of luck in the 4A East Regional next week and hopefully the State High School Championships as well!
It was also announced this week that Grace was awarded the LPGA/ Girls Golf Marilynn Smith Scholarship. She was one of five high school seniors in the country to receive the award! Congratulations on all your hard work, and perseverance you have shown to achieve your goals! A member of the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour, Holcomb volunteers her time at her local First Tee and LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. Outside of golf, Holcomb is a dancer, gymnast, All-State violinist, member of the National Honor Society, and fundraiser for St. Jude and The Girls Project through FWB Charity Events. Congratulations on all your hard work, and perseverance you have shown to achieve your goals!
Holcomb will play golf for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall while working toward a degree in Marketing, with a concentration in social media. Grace has a long list of accomplishments and accolades. The best character trait about Grace is she is humble. We are excited to see her growth in both this world and the game of golf as she heads to Greensboro this Fall. 
  Best of luck, Grace! We will be cheering you on from Wilmington!

Why Change The Look After 23 Years?

After starting development in May of 2019, it was decided to:
  • Create a new and clear distinct identity
  • Drive relevance among today’s youth, parents and donors
  • Revitalize the new brand while carrying forward core foundational equity
  • Empower internal teams with guidelines that will drive brand consistency.
Our new logo will use backgrounds in different colors, dots, connected dots, stripes and wavy lines to demonstrate our playful side.
The new First Tee logo also comes with a new tag line: Building Game Changers. This relates to what the brand is all about. At First Tee, we empower kids to show up in game changing ways in their everyday lives. These three simple words embody that idea.

First Tee of Greater Wilmington golfer selected to play in Pebble Beach Pro-Am

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Sixteen-year old Grace Holcomb is ready to take on one of the most iconic golf courses in all the world: Pebble Beach.
Holcomb will represent the First Tee of Greater Wilmington when she competes in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship, an official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course September 24 to 29.
“I am excited about hole No. 7 and No. 18,” said Holcomb. “They are pretty and stuff. I am so happy, I remember watching the U.S. Open and thinking I could be there if they pick me.”
Holcomb was selected after a lengthy application process based on their understanding and application of the values learned in First Tee’s programs, as well as their playing ability.
“I had to do a really long application, which was like a college essay,” Holcomb said. “I had to do six short answer ones. You had to do a resume and all your academic successes.”
“There are 78 kids selected and First Tee is international, so 78 is a pretty small number and having a kid selected from our chapter is a big deal,” added Brittany Zachrich the Director of Outreach for the First Tee of Greater Wilmington.
Part of the experience is being paired up with one of the pros. Grace can’t wait to be able to ask them questions. LINK to Video

TFTGW participant Grace Holcomb selected for Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The First Tee of Greater Wilmington Teen Selected to Compete in PGA TOUR Champions PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee

Grace Holcomb heads to Pebble Beach this September

Wilmington, NC (July 3, 2019) – First Tee and PGA TOUR Champions announced today Grace Holcomb will represent the First Tee of Greater Wilmington when she competes in the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, an official PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, September 24-29. The 16th annual event, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel. The PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee is the only event of its kind where 78 First Tee teenagers from across the country are paired up with 78 PGA TOUR Champions players and 156 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Holcomb will compete for the Pro-Junior Team title. She will join 77 other participants from First Tee chapters across the country. Participants were selected by a national panel of judges based on their understanding and application of the values and life skills learned through First Tee’s programs, as well as their playing ability. The full junior field was revealed live on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” today, including a video of World Golf Hall of Fame Member Jack Nicklaus surprising one of the First Tee participants. Other surprises by PGA TOUR players and Golf Channel hosts had been recorded over the last month and aired today as part of the PURE Insurance Championship announcement. This year’s field of professionals will include World Golf Hall of Fame Members Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen, as well as defending champion and recent KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship winner Ken Tanigawa. Clint Eastwood serves as chairman of the PURE Insurance Championship. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, with the final round contested solely at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, where 23 First Tee juniors will compete based on their 36-hole performance. The tournament will crown one male and one female First Tee Junior Champion on Sunday. “We are proud to continue our involvement with this prestigious event and help support the great work of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and First Tee,” said Katherine Frattarola, Chief Marketing Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. “The impact this event has on the incredible young men and women from the First Tee makes this sponsorship tremendously rewarding for our entire team.” Grace Holcomb is a rising junior at EA Laney High School in Wilmington, NC. She has been a member of the golf team her freshman and sophomore years. She has been a participant of The First Tee of Greater Wilmington since it’s beginning in 2012. She plays a great deal of competitive golf on the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour among others. She is a National Beta Club member, volunteers in the community, and also plays the violin. “We are so excited for Grace to be the first The First Tee of Greater Wilmington participant to be chosen to participate in the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach! She has worked so hard on her game and is a great example of Perseverance, and that hard work really does pay off. This has been a goal of hers, and we are so excited to see it come to reality.” Craig Sandstrum, Director of Programming, The First Tee of Greater Wilmington. Grace said about her opportunity,
I’ve been dreaming about this opportunity since I was about six years old and I can’t believe this is finally happening. It’s just now sinking in. Not a lot of people get this opportunity and The First Tee has given me that.
Grace Holcomb, participant of The First Tee of Greater Wilmington
Grace Holcomb, participant of The First Tee of Greater Wilmington
Nearly 1,000 teens from First Tee have played in the PURE Insurance Championship, experiencing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet, play and be mentored by PGA TOUR Champions players and amateurs in the field. First Tee is a youth development organization dedicated to helping young people build character through the game of golf. First Tee of Greater Wilmington is one of 150 chapters around the world introducing the sport of golf and First Tee’s Core Values to kids, positively impacting their lives. Serving the Wilmington area since the fall of 2012, more than 9,000 kids have been impacted through the First Tee of Greater Wilmington’s programs. To learn more about First Tee of Greater Wilmington, visit For more information on the 2019 PURE Insurance Championship, visit For more information on Grace, to request an interview or photos, contact Randy Hofer, Executive Director, 888-344-5257 ext. 222, or [email protected]. *** About First Tee of Greater Wilmington The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values.  Through after-school and in-school programs, The First Tee of Greater Wilmington helps shape the lives of young people from all walks.  The First Tee Life Skills Experience provides the proven elements: safe places, intentional and trained caring adults, and developmentally appropriate and empowering curricula. At the center of our programs are Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment and perseverance, which are essential for young people to make positive choices and overcome challenges across all areas of their lives. About Monterey Peninsula Foundation Monterey Peninsula Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which donates funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. About PURE Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE) is a member-owned reciprocal insurer dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for responsible high net worth individuals and families. PURE provides customizable coverage for high-value homes, automobiles, jewelry, art, personal liability, watercraft, flood, fraud and cyber fraud to more than 75,000 responsible, high net worth families throughout the U.S.  Inspired by some of the finest policyholder-owned companies, PURE emphasizes alignment of interests and transparency. PURE’s low cost of capital, careful member selection and proactive risk management all contribute to highly competitive rates. In return for a fee, PURE Risk Management, LLC acts as Attorney-in-Fact for PURE. PURE membership is subject to an executed Subscriber’s Agreement & Power of Attorney. For more information or to find a local broker, visit You can follow PURE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. About PGA TOUR Champions PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 35 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2019, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 350 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at, at, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @championstour. ###

Recap: 6th Annual Future Generations Tournament

We hosted our 6th Annual Future Generations Tournament at Porters Neck Country Club on Monday, October 15. The event was a success thanks to strong community support following the tragic Hurricane Florence. We would like to thank our all of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers for their support of the youth in the Greater Wilmington area. Additionally many thanks to our community for the generous donations of food, beverages and auction items, as well as Evolve Golf for their awesome tee gifts! Some terrific golf was played, and congratulations to the winners!


Gold Sponsors

Live Oak Bank

New Hanover Regional Medical Center



Silver Sponsors

Ann & Bill Boston

A-Z Rental Equipment Company

Dick & Carol Nasca

Evolve Golf

Jack & Mary Barto



Bronze Sponsor

Cape Fear Country Club / Joey Hines Golf Shop


Flight 1

1st Place: Elliott Miller, Eric Anderson, Will Shambley, Justin Pervis

2nd Place: Shawn Kuehner, Alex Thompson, Alex Goss, Ryan Foster

Flight 2

1st Place: Greg Oakley, Chet Sikorski, Andy Plate, Mark Barnes

2nd Place: Larry Flowers, John Garvey, Bob Odum, Tom Turnbull