Friday, January 16, 2009

Oakland's First Tee chapter kicks into gear with successful club drive

Local golfers donated about 200 golf clubs to help meet the equipment needs of Oakland's new First Tee chapter, which expects to begin working with young golfers in April.

Metropolitan Golf Links, home of the First Tee chapter, hosted the club drive Jan. 10.

"It was a complete success in contributing to junior golf in the Oakland area and raising awareness for our program," said Cliff McEnery, assistant executive director of the Oakland First Tee chapter.

Many of the donated clubs will be modified to fit kids. A few of the choice drivers are now on eBay to help raise money for the chapter.

Callaway Hyper X Tour Driver

Titleist 983K Driver

Nike Sasquatch Driver

Cleveland H-Bore Driver

TaylorMade Burner 3 Wood

The First Tee home office is also donating 50 sets of new clubs to help the Oakland chapter get off the ground.

Oakland's chapter will serve 300 kids beginning in April. It's just begun a capital contribution campaign. Those who would like to contribute or volunteer their time (lots of opportunities available, no golf experience required) to the First Tee of Oakland should see Darryl Davis at Metropolitan Golf Links, or call 510-352-2002, or visit

The First Tee of Oakland could also use some women's and children's golf clubs. You can drop them off in the pro shop at Metro, or at the Lake Chabot course, which will also host First Tee programs.

One final note: Colin Powell will be the featured speaker at a national meeting of the First Tee in San Jose in March. Here's more info on the gala dinner featuring the former Secretary of State.

The mission of The First Tee is to "impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf."