LPGA*USGA Girls Golf
We believe girls can do anything they set their minds to, which is why we can teach them more than just the game of golf, we inspire them for the game of life too.
The Five E’s of Girls Golf
The “Five E’s” support our mission and give Girls Golf programs the opportunity to focus on teaching vital life skills that are specific to development for participants like developing confidence, finding their own voice, identifying their talents, and inspiring them to live active and healthy lifestyles.
We EMPOWER by offering quality golf instructions where they can learn and understand the fundamentals of the game.
We ENRICH by expanding their minds with deeper understanding and knowledge of the rules, history and thought behind the game of golf.
We ENGAGE and encourage participants to give back and make a difference in their communities.
We EXERCISE their minds and bodies by inspiring them to develop healthy habits and confidence to live a happy lifestyle.
We ENERGIZE with excitement by sharing the same love for the game of golf and enhancing their talents.
We pride ourselves in connecting our members with teachers who can take them from beginner to advanced players and who are passionate about sharing the game they love.
Tiffani is the Executive Director of The First Tee of Lake County and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Site Director. She has been involved with The First Tee of Lake County since 2007 and has served as Executive Director since 2010.
Kaitlyn is an avid golfer, paying since the age of 3, and an alumnus of The First Tee of Lake County. She is the Lead Coach for The First Tee of Lake County and is one of the youngest Recognized female coaches within The First Tee network of over 160 chapters.
Kuniko is an LPGA Professional and a Level 2 Coach within The First Tee Network. Kuniko, who spends most of the year with The First Tee of Silicon Valley, joined The First Tee of Lake County staff in 2015. She is returning in 2016 and will bring her expertise and experience as an LPGA Professional and a coach with The First Tee to our girls golf programming.
Niko is the Golf Course Administrator for Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Indiana and has served for eight years as a member of the Board of Director of The First Tee of Lake County. She is responsible for overseeing all of the golf course operations including scheduling outings, managing the Pro Shop, overseeing maintenance on and off the course, and more. Not to mention, she is one of the few female golf course administrators in the country.
Debra is a retired high school English teacher with more than 30 years in education. Debra was instrumental in starting the girls golf team at Highland High School and served as their head coach for several years. Debra currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for The First Tee of Lake County as well as a Level 2 Coach within The First Tee network.
Brandon is The First Tee of Lake County’s Program Director as well as co-site director for our chapter’s LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Initiative. He was one of the first participants of The First Tee of Lake County in 1999. He served as a volunteer coach and later became a staff member, and now a Recognized The First Tee Coach and Program Director. Brandon utilizes his own experiences as a collegiate golfer to assist The First Tee of Lake County’s participants with college applications, developing golf resumes and recruiting videos, as well as clearing house applications. Brandon works to help participants achieve their goals of attending college and playing collegiate golf.