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First Tee Introduces Golf To Thousands Of St. Louis Kids

It's more than golf lessons.

May 11, 2018 - 2:41 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - For the last seven years, Gabriella Broussard has been surprising people when they learn she plays golf. 

"They're like 'But why?'" 

Then Broussard explains the the friendships she's made, the college scholarship opportunities and how it's more than just playing a game. That's becuase she's a weekly participant of First Tee of Greater St. Louis. A program that uses golf to improve the lives of young boys and girls around the U.S.

Broussard began taking lessons with First Tee when she was 7-years-old, following in the footsteps of her older sister. Besides being able to beat her friends on the course, she says it's about more than her handicap. 

"It's building social skills and also making sure your grades are up," Broussard says. "Like all A's and B's, no C's." 

She plans to play on her high school team next year, then eventually play college golf. And there's about 40,000 local kids that First Tee hopes to help reach their goals, inside or outside of golf. 

Frist Tee is not only looking for kids who want to learn the game, but there are also volunteer and coaching opportunities. They host weekly lessons at six locations around the greater St. Louis area and an upcoming golf tournament at Norwood Hills Country Club.