Next gear capital donates league proceeds to the First tee

Our thanks to Next Gear Capital of Indianapolis who recently donated $2,500 to the First Tee of Indiana. The company’s weekly summer golf league received a sponsorship from the company to cover their costs in this third year of their league play. The 24 members and 6 alternates saw an opportunity to pay their reward forward by donating their normal player fees to help kids learn to play golf. League member Brad Sontag served as an intern at the Indiana Golf Office in 2008 and suggesting giving to the Foundation and First Tee of Indiana. Their funds will help with scholarships for the Indianapolis area participants as well as funding for National School Program equipment.

We wish these gentlemen a great end to their summer season at Woodwind Golf Club!

Company representatives Patty Turner, Tim Wilson and Brad Sontag visited the Indiana Golf Foundation to present a check to the First Tee of Indiana staff. Next Gear Capital is a company that finances auto dealerships and is a subsidiary of Cox Automotive and the larger Cox Corporation.


Indiana golf foundation celebrates 25 years

What does golf mean to me? It means confidence. It means self-management. It means goal-setting. It means doing well in school. It means making friends that become family. It means The First Tee.

April 25th marks our 25th Anniversary of the Indiana Golf Foundation – and thanks to generous donors like you, The First Tee of Indiana has become our fastest growing program. In 2012, The First Tee became a part of the Indiana Golf Foundation, and what began as an Indianapolis group of 6,000, has grown into a statewide movement of nearly 100,000 participants.

Why? Because The First Tee is about so much more than golf. It’s about life lessons that teach youth to become confident. To become independent. To set goals. To care how they do in school. To thrive socially and make life-long friends. Golf is just the avenue. #GoodGolfersBetterPeople

Today, we ask for your continued support of The First Tee program. We hope you will consider making a monthly gift of $25 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary – because every kid deserves a chance to be great.

The First Tee of Indiana partnering with Girls Scouts of Central Indiana

We are excited to announce that The First Tee of Indiana will partner with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana this spring.

The mission of First Tee is to help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through the game of golf.  The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The two organizations coming together will offer a great partnership through golf clinics this spring. Events are planned in Muncie (Feb.), Indianapolis (Mar.) and Lafayette (May) and Evansville (May).  Participating girls will receive a badge from The First Tee of Indiana.

Here are the direct links to Doubleknot to register for these events.

Evansville Clinic





Here are the details for the upcoming First Tee of Indiana coaches trainings.

Attention all First Tee of Indiana program locations!  We want you to send at least one lead coach and any volunteer coaches you want to bring. This training will include a lunch at each site.

Saturday             March 9th            Riverside Golf Academy               Indianapolis, IN                    Time 10:00-1:00 EST

Saturday             April 6th               Dye Course Pavilion                      French Lick, IN             Time 10:00-1:00 EST

Saturday             April 20th             Elbel Golf Course                           South Bend, IN                     Time 10:00-1:00 EST

To RSVP and register for one of these locations please click on the following Link:

Coaches Training Registration

We have tried to cut down on travel time for everyone by having a training in Central Indiana, Northern and Southern Indiana.  These trainings are designed to be informative and interactive so that you’re able to deliver the program efficiently and consistently. Let’s get ready for the 2019 season!