local opportunities overview

At The First Tee-GCNKY, we encourage participants to explore and get involved in golf, in The First Tee, and in their communities in as many ways as possible. It’s the best way to improve your golf skills and put your Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to work.

These Chapter Opportunities are offered as options to help you do just that. Those indicated with an asterisk (*) will also strengthen your chances of being selected for The First Tee Network Opportunities, such as scholarships, leadership academies and golf experiences. New Opportunities may be added throughout the year.

This 2019 Home Office Participant Opportunities Guide was developed by our Chapter to summarize 2019 opportunities and provide descriptions, timing, eligibility and other pertinent information about each. Contact our Operations Manager Jeanne Siegel with questions or to get an application started.  Do you need help with your application or golf resume?  Let us know! We are part of your go to team and want to help.

Handicap Index

Establishing a USGA handicap index allows all golfers to compete fairly and equitably. All TFT-GCNKY students playing regularly-especially those interested in playing tournaments and competitions-should establish a USGA handicap index. Because TFT-GCNKY is a member club of the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association, our students can get (or renew) their handicap index for a fee of $10 per year for golfers under 18 or $30 per year for those 18 and older.  This is now free to students who are birdie, eagle or ace levels and with it comes free Youth on Course membership. Register Now

discounted playing opportunities


Youth on Course… Keeps golf affordable! With this membership, participants can play golf at hundreds of participating courses across the country for $5 or less. Free with a GHIN Handicap.

Meadow Links The First Tee Fridays…For $5 all The First Tee participants may play Meadow Links on Friday afternoons. Bring your yardage book to show you are a The First Tee participant. Take advantage of this and join your kids for a round of golf!



The First Tee GCNKY offers paid internships as an opportunity to help ready students for future employment and allow them to develop and reinforce The First Tee life skills and core values. The working experience will allow coaching interns to develop workplace skills such as leadership, public speaking, planning/organization and establish connections with chapter head coaches, volunteers, parents, board members and students that may help them build a “go to team.”

To apply, students must have achieved Eagle level or higher and be at least 16 years old. He/she must also have a clear understanding of The First Tee mission and core values, and an ability to communicate comfortably and work with chapter staff, teaching pros and volunteers.

NEW THIS YEAR: Internships are now available spring, summer and fall sessions.

Please see the Summer Intern Job Description below and submit a copy of the application to apply. Completed applications may be submitted using an additional Word Document for essay question answers. Students interested in applying should submit their application to Jeanne Siegel at Jeanne@TheFirstTeeGCNKY.org.

Coaching Intern Application       Coaching Intern Position Description


Being a student volunteer is a great way for Participants to give back to their The First Tee chapter and act as role models for those beginning their journey with The First Tee.

To be eligible to become a TFT Student Volunteer the applicant must be at least 16 years of age and have achieved a Birdie level or higher. Student volunteers will assist Head Coaches in our PLAYer and Par level classes with the set-up, delivery and break down of their assigned class while learning valuable communication and mentoring skills.

Student volunteer form

Competitions & Junior Tours

The Sportsmanship Challenge of Southwestern Ohio

The Sportsmanship Challenge of Southwest Ohio is a Ryder Cup style event between The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley and The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. Each chapter will select 12 representatives for their team. This year’s Sportsmanship Challenge will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:00 at Potters Park GC in Hamilton. The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley who is hosting this years tournament.

In order to be selected to represent Team TFT-GCNKY, students must be Birdie level or higher and enrolled in 2019 TFT-GCNKY classes. Interested participants should contact Operations Manager, Jeanne Siegel by May 24th.



2019 Information still to come. This event is a stroke play tournament and leadership summit that will bring together the chapters of The First Tee’s Great Lakes region together. Last year the event was at Cog Hill in Chicago on July 16, and 17 of 2018. It was a two day experience for Participants with the Leadership Summit portion occurring on Monday, July 16, and the 18 hole golf tournament occurring on July 17. TFT-GCNKY will be selecting two students to represent our chapter. Interested students should complete the below application. Completed applications may be submitted using an additional Word Document for essay question answers, or a hardcopy of the application may be mailed. Students interested in applying to play should submit the application below to Operations Manager, Jeanne Siegel at Jeanne@thefirstteegcnky.org or mail them to: The First Tee GCNKY c/o The Great Lakes Invitational, 4747 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

Students who are selected will be provided $200 to assist with travel expenses, and to cover the entry fee. The hosting chapter, The First Tee of Greater Chicago will be providing additional details as we get closer to the event date including the availability of a discounted hotel rates. Parents will be responsible for arranging travel and lodging for this event.  Stay Tuned for additional details.


Buckeye Junior golf tour

Regional Junior Golf Tour for serious golfers ages 10-19. 2 day 36 hole events.  The First Tee students can join the tour for $5 using FIRSTTEE coupon code. In addition, BJGT is offering a scholarship to one TFT student to 4 tournaments in our area: College Prep Series at Miami University (June 15-16), College Prep Series at University of Kentucky (June 26-27), College Prep Series at Mount St. Josephy (July 20-21) and Lexington Junior Championship (July 6-7). If interested in playing in one of these events, email jeanne@thefirstteegcnky.org by March 30th. For a full list of Buckeye Junior Golf Tour events click here.


The Greater Cincinnati Golf Association‘s 1905 Junior Tour is one of the midwest’s biggest junior tours.  Go to www.gcga.org/junior-golf to register and sign up to play. Reeves Junior Championship Tournament: June 5-6 at Reeves GC –  membership registration fee ($75) for the tour will be waived if you want to participate in this event and this is the only 1905 Tour event you play in this year. Contact Jeanne Siegel if interested.



PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls, 13 and under, of all abilities! During the course of one game, teams play four 9-hole matches in a popular two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and creating a nurturing environment for learning the game. Coaches can also substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate. If interested, please contact Jeanne Siegel. There are scholarships available for TFT kids at some locations.

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour is in its 14th year of offering Girls Only events for girls turning 9 years this summer through girls entering college. The tour offers 9-hole and 18-hole divisions along with a longer yardage 18-hole division for girls preparing for collegiate golf. The tour offers an opportunity for players to join and play in the first event for free. Learn more at www.pkbgt.org.

Caddie Programs & Evans Scholarship

Caddying is a great summer job and a part of golf’s heritage. It can also be a valuable investment in your future. Use our 2019 Caddie Program Guide to learn more about caddie programs in our area. And click for info about Evans Caddie Scholarship.