The Hood County News Junior Golf Tournaments have a new home and a new partner.
The HCN is partnering with First Tee Granbury, and the tournament series is relocating to Granbury Country Club. The first tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, with following tournaments set for July 9 and Aug. 13.
“We feel that it’s a good match because we are a family-oriented course,” said Granbury Country Club Professional Darrell Zieman.
“It’s not a terribly long course. It’s easy to walk for the juniors.”
The First Tee will also hold its summer camp at GCC June 23-27.
The First Tee is a youth development program founded by former U.S. president George H. Bush, Tim Finchem of the PGA Tour, and Arnold Palmer. Tee times for the HCN Tournaments are 8 a.m.
The tournaments are free to Hood County residents and $10 for non-residents, but no player will be turned away. Participation ages are 5-18, divided into age groups accordingly.
Lunch will also be provided.
“Hood County News has a long tradition of supporting youth development programs in Hood County,” said First Tee Granbury Director Mark Hackney.
“The First Tee is designed to look like a youth sports organization, and we do teach golf skills. In fact, we have players currently the GHS (Granbury High) golf team that began at The First Tee.
“But, since 1997, the First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its inherent values to the more than seven million young people. On golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth development organizations, we’ve helped shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by teaching them values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.”
Along with having a great time, Hackney said, “We want to make sure every child has the exact same opportunity to be a successful member of Hood County. A recent study found 73 percent of students involved in The First Tee had more confidence academically than before. In our Granbury program, parents reported 89 percent of our students increased their grades during one eight-week program.”
The partnership of Granbury Country Club and The First Tee allows all children enrolled in The First Tee to play Granbury Country Club for free.