The First Tee of Phoenix Opens New Junior Golf Program at Longbow Golf Club

Kick-off celebration to be held Tuesday, March 30 at Longbow

The First Tee of Phoenix executive director, Hugh Smith, and general manager of Longbow Golf Club, Jay Larscheid, announced that The First Tee of Phoenix will now offer its golf and lifeskills programming at Longbow Golf Club, the first in the East Valley.  In addition to the opportunity for individual enrollment, the program will be available to 30,000 students as part of The First Tee National Schools Program in cooperation with the Mesa Public Schools system's athletic and physical education department.

"We look forward to a great relationship with Longbow Golf Club," said Hugh Smith, Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix.  "There are just so many things working in our favor at Longbow:  great facilities, enthusiastic partner and Mesa School District's participation, to name a few.  We're eager to get started."

 A celebration to kick off the new partnership will take place on Tuesday, March 30 at Longbow Golf Club.  More than 200 Mesa fifth-grade students will take part in the event which will feature junior golf clinics, lessons, trick-shot exposition by Dennis Walters and lunch provided by Jersey Mike's Subs.  Mayor of Mesa, Scott Smith, will participate in the festivities as a speaker and participant in a lighthearted "Are You Better Than a Fifth Grader? "golf skills contest.  The Mesa Superintendent of Public Schools as well as Mesa City Council Members will also be in attendance.  

Schedule of Events: 

  • 8:30-9:00 - Students arrive by bus
  • 9:00-9:15 - Introduce and welcome guests, Mayor and Superintendent's remarks
  • 9:15-9:30 - "Are You Better Than a Fifth Grader?" golf skills competition
  • 9:30-10:00 - Dennis Walters Golf Exhibition
  • 10:00-11:00 - Junior Clinic / Instruction
  • 11:00-11:45 - Lunch, courtesy of Jersey Mike's Subs
  • 11:45 - Students head back to school 

"From the beginning, junior golf became one of the primary pillars of our operation," said Jay Larscheid, General Manager of Longbow Golf Club.  "We're thrilled to partner with one of the most reputable and effective junior golf organizations in the nation."  

Multi-level programming will be available year-round with summer programming conducted early mornings, along with weekday and weekend clinics. Fall and winter programming will be modified according to weather and school schedules. Programming is expected to begin April 10th and is open to all youth ages 7-17 at a modest cost of $50 per year.

 There will be additional monthly special family events and tournaments available to members of The First Tee of Phoenix throughout the year. To learn more about programming schedules, visit or call 602.305.7655.

The First Tee of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf learning facilities for young people in Maricopa County from all walks of life, particularly those who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play.  With five sites in the Valley -  Papago, South Mountain, Falcon Dunes and Desert Mirage and now Longbow - it was designed to serve as a place for participants to learn valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.  For more information on The First Tee of Phoenix call 602.305.7655 or log on to their website at

Dennis Walters' trick-shot exhibition is made possible by the use of customized golf car, SoloRider , which allows golfers with limited mobility to more easily play the game of golf.  Longbow Golf Club is honored to provide a SoloRider for Walters' exhibition at the club in addition to its regular-play guests, upon scheduled request.  With the SoloRider, golfers are able to drive on sensitive areas such as tees and greens without damaging the turf, and the seat swivels to 350 degrees allowing golfers to easily exit, enter and make a golf swing from the seated position.  

Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use commercial development that incorporates office, light industrial, retail and hotel uses surrounded by desert vegetation and a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Longbow Golf Club features a 7,003-yard Ken Kavanaugh-design that was recently ranked as one of the "Top 100 Resort Courses in The Country" by Golfweek magazine for 2009.  Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, LLC is a Phoenix-based commercial real estate services company that provides investment, development and communications consulting to corporate real estate clients in Arizona and the Southwest.  For more information about Longbow Golf Club visit, call 480.807.5400 or become a fan of Longbow on Facebook at, or follow Longbow on Twitter at  

Longbow Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success.  OB Sports currently manages 31 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management.  For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit, call (480) 948-1300, follow on Twitter at  or become a Fan on Facebook at