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First Tee on board with Albany Amateur Championship

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- The goal is to help kids.

The vehicle is a golf tournament.

So par for the course is that everybody wins, especially the kids who will benefit from The First Tee of Albany, an organization that strives for the betterment of the youth of Southwest Georgia.

First Tee's mission statement is as straight forward as a hole in one: "To improve the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.''

First Tee is sponsoring its annual golf tournament -- The 2010 Albany Amateur Golf Championship, which will be held June 4 through June 6 at three venues: Doublegate Golf & Country Club, Stonebridge Golf & Country Club and Grand Island Golf Club. The deadline to register is today, and at least two products of the First Tee program -- Kenny Brown and Lakise Brown -- will be competing this year.

This is all about local golfers competing in one of the top tournaments of the year, and encompasses four different divisions: Men's, Men's Mid-Am, Senior Men, and Women's.

The tournament is open to golfers who have established handicaps at any of the five area golf courses: Doublegate Country Club, Flint River, Grand Island Club, River Pointe and Stonebridge Golf and Country Club.

The net proceeds of the tournament will support The First Tee of Albany, a non-profit organization. The organization's goal is to provide life skills such as courtesy, judgment, confidence, perseverance, responsibility, honesty, integrity, respect and sportsmanship, and to have a positive impact on all aspects of participants' lives as they grow to become productive citizens.

According to Burkett Carter, the executive director of First Tee, "because of community support, the First Tee of Albany had a record year in 2009 for youth participation with over 2,000 boys and girls receiving Life Skills education along with golf instruction.''

For more information about The First Tee of Albany, go to the Web site at www.thefirstteealbany.org, or call 888-0800.