OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ  – The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, a non-profit, youth development program that teaches life skills and promotes character development through the game of golf, has recently received grants from the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America. “These grants makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission of having a positive impact on youth through the game of golf and, in particular, to reach youngsters who would not otherwise have this opportunity” stated Bob Hodnett, Executive Director. The program combines the teaching of golf skills and life skills at its learning facility at Colonial Terrace Golf Course in Ocean Township as well as affiliate sites at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Lakewood and Suneagles Golf Course at Fort Monmouth.

Since its inception in 2008, the program has served over 2,400 youngsters. It is available to all boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 17. It offers many opportunities to learn the game of golf from skilled professional teachers and to have access to golf courses. There is a nominal fee and scholarships are available.

To register for the program or for more information go to www.thefirstteemonoc.org or call 732-759-2170. Adults interested in volunteering should contact Bryan Haltigan, Program Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About The First Tee

The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact 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.  Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has opened over 500 learning facilities and program affiliates in 48 states and four international locations (Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore), and has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 3 million youngsters.  Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairman.