4 Valley courses give back

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Four Valley golf clubs announced the launch of a new program to benefit The First Tee of Phoenix called Tee It Up at 10 For The First Tee. Each of the participating clubs (ASU Karsten Golf Course, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Longbow Golf Club and Raven Golf Club Phoenix) is setting aside one tee time Monday – Friday, June 11 – August 31 in the 10 o’clock hour available to the public for $100. The entire $100 is then donated to the local Valley chapter: The First Tee of Phoenix. “We noticed that nationally, The First Tee posted a goal of raising 100 Million dollars,” said Daryl Crawford, Director of Golf for ASU Karsten Golf Course. “We thought it was a great idea and through the common thread of OB Sports [management firm for participating clubs], we now have four clubs participating at a local level.” The tee times are valid for up to four players at $100 for the entire group and must be prepaid. Additionally, each of the participating facilities is also collecting donations of used and gently used equipment, e.g. clubs, shoes, balls, pull carts, umbrellas, clothes, for The First Tee of Phoenix. ” Junior golf has always been one of our top priorities at Longbow and for OB Sports team in general,” said Jay Larscheid, General Manager of Longbow Golf Club. “Plus, the program allows us to direct the proceeds back into junior-golf efforts here in Arizona. In the end, this is a strong incentive to gets more Valley kids playing the game of golf.” The First Tee of Phoenix teaches youngsters the game of golf by focusing important core values such as responsibility, respect, integrity and confidence, all of which are key to success on and off the golf course. “We truly appreciate the positive boost that our local chapter will receive from these clubs,” said Hugh Smith, Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix. “Their generosity will ensure a host of youngsters will pick up the game as well as the many valuable life lessons that go hand-in-hand.” To book this special tee time, golfers will need to call the clubs: ASU Karsten (480) 921-8070, Eagle Mountain (480) 816-1234, Longbow 480.807.5400 and Raven (602) 243-3636.