KaitlynWhydoyougive2015-Hayes is not only a college student, and a life skills instructor at The First Tee of Lake County, she is also an alum!

Kaitlyn credits The First Tee of Lake County with instilling in her responsibility, confidence, sportsmanship, and perseverance.

Kaitlyn’s three younger siblings are also participants with The First Tee of Lake County!



The First Tee of Lake County is NOT just a “golf program”, we are a youth development organization. MattHarnischPerryChong2015

This photo, taken by Brandon White, shows Matt (2012 Ray Kenda Nine Core Value Award recipient) helping Perry (2015’s award recipient) study for a history final.

Matt is a sophomore in college at Olivet Nazarene University.


MKloheHyatt-2015_TyreesSistereet Khloe!

She was new to programming in 2015 but that did not stop her from wearing a smile every day. . . even when she wasn’t dressed as Wonder Woman.

Khloe was selected as 2015’s Funniest Participant for her age group.

Her positive attitude and courtesy were always on display.





Nick G. – as he’s know around Lost Marsh – was promoted to Birdie level in 2015! This is a major accomplishment for a 13 year-old, as most of the Birdie participants are 15 or older. NicholasGulotta

The coaches noticed an increase in Nick’s confidence when he realized that his golf game was on par with kids a few years older than him.

Nick, is pictured here receiving his award for Respect at this years Youth Golf Extravaganza.



Arlen was the first recipient of The First Tee of Lake County’s Ray Kenda Nine Core Values Award.

As a high school student Arlen spent hours at Lost Marsh, often beating the staff there in the morning and staying after they were gone.

His hard work and dedication paid off and Arlen played four years of golf at Alcorn University on a scholarship.

The photo on the left was taken at Arlen’s college graduation in May 2015.

Arlen credits The First Tee of Lake County for encouraging him to work hard, stay focused, make good decisions, and pursue his dreams.