ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The First Tee announced today that Callaway Gardens will host the 5th annual Invitational for The First Tee. This event will take place Oct. 28-30 at the Pine Mountain, Georgia resort, which is located approximately 70 miles southwest of Atlanta.
"Callaway Gardens is synonymous with quality, and I am delighted it will host the Invitational this year. This is a tremendous opportunity to introduce corporate America to the young people who are benefiting from The First Tee Life Skills Experienceâ?¢," said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., executive director of The First Tee.
Event proceeds will support The First Tee in its mission 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.
"Callaway Gardens is very experienced in hosting major golf events after hosting the PGA TOUR’s Buick Challenge for over a decade," said Edward Callaway, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, owner of Callaway Gardens. "Our new newest addition, the 150-room Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens nicely complements both the Mountain View and Lake View golf courses, and October is a spectacular time to be here. We look forward to a great tournament and a long and rewarding relationship with the Invitational for The First Tee."
"The Callaway family truly embraces the idea of hosting the Invitational for The First Tee on its fifth anniversary," said Bobby Rearden, co-chairman of Osprey Events, which produces the tournament. Co-chairman John Warren added that "The Invitational continues to provide sponsors with excellent networking, marketing, and hospitality opportunities while supporting the goals and objectives of The First Tee."
For more information about the Invitational for The First Tee at Callaway Gardens, please call the tournament office at (404) 287-2212 or visit www.thefirsttee.org and click on The Invitational for The First Tee.
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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 introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 1.4 million participants and students in 46 states and five countries – Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore. Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairman.
About Callaway Gardens
Open since 1952, Callaway Gardens is the centerpiece of 13,000 acres nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachians. Founder Cason Jewell Callaway longed for a place where man and nature could abide together for the good of both, and now more than half a century later, his retreat continues to offer solace, inspiration and discovery for all who come here.
Callaway Gardens® is owned and operated by the Ida Cason Callaway Foundationâ?¢, a public, not-for-profit. For more information please call: 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or 706-663-2281 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.
Steve Gerrish, The First Tee