The sun came back just in time for golf.
Wednesday 54 First Tee junior golfers joined Serrano’s senior golfers for a day on the beautiful El Dorado Hills course. After a significant storm Tuesday the course was damp but the sun and players’ high spirits guaranteed a bright day ahead.
The Serrano First Tee Senior/Junior Invitational gave young golfers a chance to play a course often out of their reach. Senior golfers sponsored the youngsters and made a significant donation — 4,000 golf balls, 500 clubs and 50 golf bags — to The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, a non-profit group dedicated to teaching kids ages 5 to 18 about golf and life.
“Our mission is to teach life skills and core values through the game of golf,” said Angie Dixon, director of TFTGS’s Competitive Activities.
At Wednesday’s event TFTGS’s Junior Tour program players, ages 12 to 18, participated.
The Serrano/TFTGS partnership began three years ago with an equipment donation and evolved into the invitational. It’s one of three invitational events junior golfers participate in each year, Dixon said, adding, “It’s a great opportunity because this is a great club, very highly regarded.”
“It’s a great example of supporting our youth,” said Bill Webb, senior golfer and coordinator of the event. He added with a chuckle, “We all get a free golf lesson. Most of these juniors are better than us.”
Practicing on the putting green, 15-year-old junior golfer Tarah Kubes of El Dorado Hills said she plays well — her best score is 80 — but also learns a few tricks from the seniors. She joined The First Tee of Greater Sacramento four years ago and this is her third invitational at Serrano.
“I like playing with the members,” Tarah said. “It’s a really good experience and the course is fun.”
In addition to 18 holes of golf, the seniors treated the juniors to that donated equipment (what ever is left is later sold to support TFTGS) and a luncheon at the country club.