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Golf program helps kids beyond on the green

May 5, 2013: The nonprofit — its full name is Pro Kids, The First Tee of San Diego — started in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood in 1994, using the game of golf as a life lesson and an incentive to help kids to do better in school. It offers after-school tutoring, community service activities and educational workshops on everything from designing a city to making ice cream. Featured in the U-T San Diego and SignOnSanDiego.com.

Pro Kids golf in Oceanside finally a reality

August 20, 2012: OCEANSIDE — Across the parking lot from the Oceanside Municipal Golf Course, the curious golfers have been stopping by to see the beautiful new clubhouse that was just completed. Beyond it, they can see stark white bunkers and grass beginning to grow on new golf holes. Featured in the U-T San Diego and SignOnSanDiego.com.

Pro Kids Golf Academy set to open in Oceanside

August 1, 2012: The North County vision is almost a reality for the Pro Kids Golf Academy, which is scheduled to open its Oceanside facility the week after Labor Day. Featured in the North County Times.

Golfers score at charity tournament

May 20, 2012: The Vista Valley Country Club Women's Golf Association plays golf annually for charity. For 10 years, they have raised money for Pro Kids, The First Tee of San Diego.Featured in the North County Times.

Oceanside schools make deal with kids' golf club

September 16, 2011: Oceanside Unified will give elementary and middle school kids a chance to work on their golf swings under an agreement approved by the school district board of trustees at a meeting Tuesday. Featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune and SignOnSanDiego.com.

Nonprofit's plan for kids golf and education center progresses in Oceanside

June 27, 2011: Pro Kids Oceanside, a plan to give children a chance to work on their golf game and help with afterschool education, has gained momentum after it cleared some necessary hurdles before the Oceanside Planning Commission. Featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune and SignOnSanDiego.com.

OCEANSIDE: Planning Commission approves Pro Kids golf course
June 13, 2011: Pro Kids' proposal to build a second facility in Oceanside was approved Monday by the Oceanside Planning Commission. Featured in the North County Times.

Pro Kids Golf Academy Gives Players a Certain Glow
May 9, 2011: This past weekend was the second annual 24-hour Golf-a-Thon. Seventy-five people — most of them kids — participated in the fundraiser, earning money from sponsors for each hole they played. The event is expected to raise close to $35,000 toward the construction of a new Pro Kids/First Tee facility in Oceanside. Featured on sandiego.org.

Glow ball event lights up Pro Kids
May 3, 2011: Kids and adults raise more than $25,000 in Second Annual 24 Hour Golf-a-thon. Featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune and SignOnSanDiego.com.


PGA TOUR Wives Clean the Beach with Pro Kids Members
January 28, 2011: PGA TOUR Wives Association members and Pro Kids members had the opportunity to help clean up a beach in San Diego during the Farmers Insurance Open. The goal was simple: to work together as a group and clean up Mission Beach. Featured on the PGA TOUR website.

Ben Crane Hosts Junior Clinic at Torrey Pines
January 27, 2011: Ben Crane hosted the Pro Kids/The First Tee of San Diego Junior Golf Clinic on the fourth tee of Torrey Pines' North Course, where he hung out for over an hour with about 120 children from the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and Pro Kids Golf Academy, sharing valuable lessons he has learned both on and off the course. Crane called it a "humbling and enriching" experience. Featured on the Titleist blog.

Ernie Wright inducted into the Southland Golf 2010 Hall of Fame
December 1, 2010: The former San Diego Chargers lineman was instrumental in launching Pro Kids Golf Academy. Featured in Southland Golf Magazine.

An American Dream
November 18, 2010: Pro Kids member and SCGA Foundation scholar Roberto Rosas' journey, from moving to the U.S. to entering Columbia University. Advance to pages 46-48 to view the article. Featured in FORE Magazine.

SOCIAL SCENE: 'Golf green' takes on added meaning
October 17, 2010: Everything about Swing for Kids, San Diego's First Eco-Inspired Golf Tournament, followed a new blueprint ---- and an eco-friendly one at that. Featured in the North County Times.

Rancho Bernardo senior golfer on target
October 5, 2010: Read an article about Pro Kids member Madi Mendiola. Featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

On the big stage: Two San Diego juniors earn the chance to play alongside Champions Tour pros
September 24, 2010: Read an article about Pro Kids members Jorgeo Catolico and Madi Mendiola and their participation in the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open. Featured in Southland Golf Magazine.

The "Fore a Good Cause" award
August 23, 2010: A rose to La Costa Canyon High School senior Robert Ricci for organizing the third annual Wright Cup golf tournament at La Costa Hotel and Spa. Featured in the North County Times.

CARLSBAD: Golfer connects with helping out
July 18, 2010: La Costa Canyon High School senior Robert Ricci is organizing the 3rd annual Wright Cup golf tournament in August. Featured in the North County Times.

JUNIOR GOLF: Reyes' golf game anything but small
July 14, 2010: Pro Kids member Chloe Reyes profiled for her performance in the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. Featured in the North County Times.

OCEANSIDE: Council to consider kids golf program
July 10, 2010: Pro Kids to replicate program in Oceanside. Featured in the North County Times.

San Diegan, Pro Kids grad gets big break
July 5, 2010: Pro Kids alum Maiya Tanaka gets a chance on the Golf Channel's series The Big Break. Featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune.