Big summer participation expected at First Tee of Wilmington - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Big summer participation expected at First Tee of Wilmington

The First Tee of Wilmington will see big participation numbers come this summer (Source:WECT) The First Tee of Wilmington will see big participation numbers come this summer (Source:WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

It's been less than 48 hours since the conclusion of the Wells Fargo Championship, so the beneficiary of the tournament, the First Tee of Wilmington, hasn't seen a tangible result yet. 

But there is no doubt that interest in the sport will surge, after the PGA made it's return to Wilmington for the first time since 1970 this past week. 

"We saw probably hundreds of people come through," said Randy Hofer with the First Tee, which was set up at a par-3 hole near the buses at Eagle Point during the tourney. "Registration's been cranking along right now. We're signing them up for June 12 to start them over at the Muni." 

The First Tee was the beneficiary of the Championship - a program aimed at reaching as many youth in the area as possible - introducing and teaching the sport to any child who wants to play, and facilitating long term growth in the sport. 

"We have equipment that's basically called S-N-A-G - that's starting new at golf. It's little plastic putters, plastic wedges, tennis balls, velcro targets. So it's really - they get involvement with a swing, and then we take them to a real course maybe when they're 8 or 9, with real golf clubs and golf balls." 

First Tee was presented with a $100,000 donation prior to the championship. More information on their program can be found here

Copyright 2017 WECT. All rights reserved. 

  • The Latest: Browns select Mayfield with No. 1 pick

    The Latest: Browns select Mayfield with No. 1 pick

    Thursday, April 26 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-04-26 22:31:36 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:31 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:31:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes, File). FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Reno, Nev. Allen is expected to be a first r...(AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes, File). FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Reno, Nev. Allen is expected to be a first r...
    The NFL has renewed an exclusive partnership with Amazon Prime Video for digital streaming of Thursday night games during 2018 and 2019 seasons.More >>
    The NFL has renewed an exclusive partnership with Amazon Prime Video for digital streaming of Thursday night games during 2018 and 2019 seasons.More >>
  • NFL draft arrives, and pressure is on teams to get top value

    NFL draft arrives, and pressure is on teams to get top value

    Thursday, April 26 2018 10:20 AM EDT2018-04-26 14:20:11 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:08:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). File-This March 20, 2018, file photo shows running back Saquon Barkley catching a football during Penn State NFL football Pro Day in State College, Pa. Barkley is the best player in this year's draft. Yet he might not g...(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). File-This March 20, 2018, file photo shows running back Saquon Barkley catching a football during Penn State NFL football Pro Day in State College, Pa. Barkley is the best player in this year's draft. Yet he might not g...
    NFL draft arrives, and one general manager insists teams 'can't get too cute'.More >>
    NFL draft arrives, and one general manager insists teams 'can't get too cute'.More >>
  • Penn State's Barkley is best talent, but QBs to lead draft

    Penn State's Barkley is best talent, but QBs to lead draft

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:19 AM EDT2018-04-26 06:19:18 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-04-26 22:44:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). File-This March 20, 2018, file photo shows running back Saquon Barkley catching a football during Penn State NFL football Pro Day in State College, Pa. Barkley is the best player in this year's draft. Yet he might not g...(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). File-This March 20, 2018, file photo shows running back Saquon Barkley catching a football during Penn State NFL football Pro Day in State College, Pa. Barkley is the best player in this year's draft. Yet he might not g...
    Penn State's Barkley is best talent, but QBs to lead draft.More >>
    Penn State's Barkley is best talent, but QBs to lead draft.More >>
Powered by Frankly