TFTP Participants Shine


Aaron Holness – Life Skills Academy at Oregon State & Kansas State (Outstanding Male Leader)


Joey Manzinger, and his Father  –The First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, CA


Donnie Black – RBS Achiever of the Year in New York City


Greg Webb, Mercedes Epondulan, Nathan Fedzen, Mallorey Stack- Golf Channel Challenge , St Augustine, FL.



Mallory Stack - 2013 The First Tee Outstanding Female Participant Award Winner, Nashville, Tenn.    




Sasha Lobel, and Nick Price  –  2013 The First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, CA



Notable Accomplishments

1.      TFTP was designated an ACE Chapter by the home office for the third year, the highest national ranking

2.      TFTP was selected to pilot a new national mentoring program, one of only 12 chapters nationally

3.      TFTP has partnered with McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation to provide staff for our facility at Pleasant Ridge, part of an Allegheny County Hope VI housing project.

4.      TFTP was selected to operate the program committee at the 2010 US Women’s Open at Oakmont providing an important volunteer opportunity for our young participants

5.      TFTP is a network leader in having our Pittsburgh participants selected for national opportunities.  This currently includes:

Donnie Black – RBS Achiever of the Year in New York City

Aaron Holness – Life Skills Academy at Oregon State & Kansas State

Mike Kinney – Toro Future Leaders Forum in Orlando, FL

Joey Manzinger, Evan Myer and Nick Redondo –The First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, CA

Mallory Stack - The First Tee Outstanding Female Participant Award Winner, Nashville Tn.

6.      TFTP developed and implemented new clinics that included at-risk foster girls, children from Westmoreland Juvenile Probation, special needs preschoolers and elementary age students, and children enrolled with East End Cooperative Ministries.

7.      TFTP has introduced new clinics for students at Propel Schools in Munhall, Turtle Creek and Braddock.

8.      TFTP juniors participate in combination golf/life skills tournaments in St. Augustine, Florida, Cleveland, Washington, DC and others.


As the organization that manages The Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Schenley Park TFTP has worked to upgrade the facility as a public golf course, reduce green fees, and plant over 90 new trees. In 2010 TFTP registered to become an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary golf course.  “The Bob” is also the home of several area high school golf teams, host of the City of Pittsburgh Amateur Golf Championship, the Special Olympics Golf Tournament, and the Pittsburgh Golf Collectors Society Hickory Tournament.

The First Tee of Pittsburgh continues to excel within our national network in successfully submitting our Pittsburgh participants for national opportunities.  This year already includes:

Evan Meyer
Nick Redondo
2009 WalMart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Each Labor Day weekend (August 31 - September 6, 2009), the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Nature Valley showcases the talent and character of young people who participate at The First Tee facilities worldwide. An official Champions Tour event, the tournament pairs one junior with a Champions Tour player and two amateurs. Seventy-eight junior spots are awarded-- 70 from two golf and life skills selection events in July, and eight exemptions distributed by The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the host organization. 

The First Tee hosted two Participant Selection Process events in 2009 to fill 70 junior spots in the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Nature Valley.  The participant selection process is exclusively for junior golfers ages 14 – 18 that are active participants at The First Tee Chapters.  The remaining eight spots in the tournament are exemptions awarded by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.  This year Pittsburgh participants  Evan Meyer and Nick Redondo will be playing at Pebble Beach.  Congratulations!

Donnie Black
2009 RBS Achievers of the Year semifinalist

The program began in 2004 when The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in conjunction with Charter One and Citizens Bank created the RBS Achievers of the Year Awards to recognize outstanding participants of The First Tee and to help fund their ongoing education after high school (college, community college, vocational school, etc.).  The program rewards deserving students for accomplishments in their daily lives while overcoming difficult circumstances. This scholarship is not based on academic achievements or exceptional golf skills. The goal of the award program is to positively impact youth by rewarding participants for exemplifying one or more of The First Tee Nine Core Values™.

Ten participants from The First Tee network are selected as RBS Achievers of the Year semifinalists.  Two of the 10 winners will be named RBS Achievers of the Year finalists and receive a $10,000 award for ongoing education. Each of the eight semifinalists will receive a $2,000 award to be used for ongoing education after high school. Donnie is one of these 10 semifinalists.  The RBS Achievers of the Year Awards includes a trip for all 10 winners and their parent/guardian to New York City in June to attend the US Open at historic Bethpage State Park (Black Course) and attend cultural activities in NYC

 Mary Epondulan
2009 National Leadership Academy

Each summer, selected participants of The First Tee attend the Life Skills and Leadership Academies, where they play championship golf, participate in life skills activities and career exploration, experience dorm living and meet a wide variety of young people from around the world.  The overall purpose of the Academies is to provide participants with valuable character education and leadership instruction.

Miranda Santucci
2009 TORO Future Leaders Forum

The First Tee home office brings 50 participants to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida in November for three days.  The future leaders participate in held hands-on, interactive sessions on customer service, PGA TOUR tournament management, agronomy, researching colleges, and educational requirements for chosen career fields. This program is among the most intense training sessions available for The First Tee participants.  It also includes an immersion in the sport, business and science of golf and provides character education to help prepare The First Tee participants to be tomorrow’s leaders.