Golfing Youngsters Representing First Tee of Middlesex County Attend 2009 U.S. Open Junior Day

June 29, 2009 -- As a kick-off to the U.S. Open National Championship, youngsters who participate in First Tee of Middlesex County’s golf and life skills programs joined almost 800 other youngsters from the NY-NJ metropolitan area recently at Bethpage State Park for U.S. Open Junior Day. The day’s activities were highlighted by demonstrations and clinics presented by professional golfers Hunter Mahan and two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North.

Other activities included a tour of the 18 th green of the Black Course, a putting station, and visits to various exhibitions and activity tents. The event is sponsored by the United States Golf Association and its corporate partner The Royal Bank of Scotland.

The group representing Middlesex County was accompanied by Coach Nate Hutchins and a number of parents. “It was a great experience for these young golfers,” commented Hutchins, “And by the number of prizes won by our group, it was obvious that they have worked very hard to improve their golf skills.”

This spring, the First Tee of Middlesex County has been conducting golf and life skills sessions at Tamarack Golf Course in East Brunswick for youngsters age 5-18 on week nights and Saturdays. The organization’s primary goals are to teach life skills and core values through the game of golf to all children and especially to those who might not otherwise have access to the game. Golf camps are planned for the summer at Tamarack Golf Course as well as Raritan Landing Golf Course in Piscataway. The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) entered into an agreement with First Tee in 2008 in order to promote youth golf and to expand golf opportunities for children in Middlesex County. A First Tee camp flyer and registration form can be downloaded from

MCIA Contact:                                                                   First Tee Contact:
Jane S. Leal                                                                      Mike Blackwell
Director of Administration                                                Director of Instruction
609-655-5141                                                                   732-221-9727