First Tee of Greater Tyler Hopes Woldert Park Facilities Give Area Children Better Access to Golf Courses | New
Kyambria Acy, 15, has been with First Tee of Greater Tyler for five years and enjoys learning golf while gaining important values ââand life skills.
Acy, a sophomore golfer from Tyler Legacy High, dreams of a career in the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
âI feel like I will have a great career. When I grow up I want to be in the LPGA and teach other kids to play golf, âshe said.
Acy was one of many children and others at the opening of the First Tee of Greater Tyler for its Woldert Park facility on Saturday afternoon.
Starlia Skinner, director of the First Tee of Greater Tyler program, said the organization wanted to bring golf north to the city for kids who don’t have access to a golf course.
The new facility in Woldert Park includes a mobile building, a pavilion with tables and chairs, and golf courses. The Smith County Women’s Fund and the Rainwater Charitable Foundation provided funds to make the new facility possible. The Women’s Fund gave First Tee a grant in 2020 for the pavilion, Skinner said.
The mission of First Tee of Greater Tyler is to make an impact on the lives of young people through education programs to develop character and life skills using golf. The Tyler Chapter is one of 148 First Tee organizations across the country and has served the region for 10 years.
First Tee of Greater Tyler has two locations: the Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard and the Woldert Park Property in Tyler. So far, First Tee has run a week of programs at the facilities in Woldert Park, which are open to the public.
Acy said the new facility was a great idea and the course is closer to her home than other golf courses.
âI can come here every day and practice my little game,â Acy said. âI love that (First Tee) gives kids the opportunity to learn golf, make new friends and experience golf.
Skinner said children learn the organization’s nine core values, including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, trust, responsibility, persistence, courtesy and judgment.
âWe are building game changers,â she said. “I hope we can make an impact on the kids and give them mentors. My ultimate goal is to make wonderful adults. We just want them to know that they can be successful in life.”
Acy called First Tee a great opportunity for young children to come and play golf while learning important values ââand lessons.
âI learn a lot of core values ââlike respect for people,â Acy said. “Integrity and making friends is really important.”
Some of the advanced attendees even learn how to develop their resumes for job applications, Skinner said.
She added that there are a ton of opportunities for those at First Tee to participate in camps and tournaments outside of Tyler and the State.
For more information on First Tee or how to become a member, visit firstteegreattyler.org. Financial assistance is available for those interested in becoming members.