Local Students Demonstrate Golf & Life Skills at Champions Cup

April 4, 2023 | Program Update

Charleston Area elementary school students traveled to Wescott Golf Club on March 29th to compete in the First Tee – Greater Charleston Champions Cup tournament. Each team, led by their PE teacher, tackled 9 golf challenges and 9 core value challenges to demonstrate all they have learned as part of our In-School Golf & Life Skills Program.

Volunteers from the Lucy Beckham Golf Team kept tournament participants on track and having fun.

This year’s tournament featured players from Charleston Development Academy, Chicora Elementary School, James B. Edwards Elementary School, Julian Mitchell Elementary School, Lambs Elementary School, Marrington Elementary School, Montessori Community School, Oakland Elementary School, Orange Grove Charter School, Sanders Clyde Elementary School, and St. John’s Catholic School.

Students enjoyed putting, chipping into our inflatable hippo, driving, and sling-shotting SNAG balls angry bird style. They even had an opportunity to learn about golf course design from course architect Troy Miller.

Students from Charleston Development Academy enjoy “Pin the Hazard on the Dogleg” with course architect Troy Miller.

Teams demonstrated a firm grasp of the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills they’ve been learning about in their PE classes by answering questions about honesty, integrity, courtesy, confidence, judgment, perseverance, respect, responsibility, and sportsmanship. These core value questions factored into each team’s point total.

We are extremely proud of all 2023 tournament participants, including Orange Grove Charter School, Sanders Clyde Elementary, and Marrington Elementary who placed first, second, and third. Our champions will be recognized at a special awards ceremony where they will receive sets of clubs.

Coach Jackson high fives a student (Chicora Elementary), and our 2023 champions (Orange Grove Charter School) pose with their trophy.

The Champions Cup tournament is an annual event, sponsored by First Tee and the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation, to celebrate school program participation. To maintain COVID safety protocols, we hosted virtual tournaments in 2021 and 2022 where students participated in golf and core value challenges remotely from their schools. While those events were well attended, we’ve missed the magic of a green grass venue. Many of the students who participate in Champions Cup have never visited or played a golf course before. As such, it was all the sweeter to gather in person this year at Wescott… a uniquely special event for kids, coaches, volunteers, and spectators alike.

Thank you to the dedicated Physical Educators who administer First Tee curriculum and go the extra mile to train kids for this event. Thanks also to the MANY volunteers who make Champions Cup possible year after year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2024!