Making an Impact

At First Tee - Metro Atlanta we realize the importance of Building Game Changers. Participants, alumni, coach-mentors and parents across our metro area talk about what First Tee means to them, how the program has influenced them and how they plan to continue to embody the spirit of the program. In the stories below, you will find out why golf is truly different than other sports by seeing it through the eyes of our participants and mentors who make our mission a reality.

First Tee duo stunned to learn of TOUR Championship honor

Marcus Leonard and Tatum Thompson thought they had been invited to the Tour Championship’s media day to participate in a putting contest with eight-time PGA Tour winner and East Lake member Stewart Cink. READ MORE

FTMA participant, Olivia Li Named Most Positive Girls Golf Athlete in the State of Georgia!

Congratulations Olivia! WATCH VIDEO

Inaugural First Tee National Championship

They call it a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, but at First Tee we like to create more than one opportunity that will last a lifetime READ MORE

FTMA Participant Named U.S. Kids Golf Player of the Year

The 2020 winners of the U.S. Kids Golf Players of the Year Award are Ariel Collins, age 10, from Locust Grove, GA READ MORE

FTMA Director of Golf and PGA Professional, Jeff Dunovant, attends Ceremonial tee shot at The Masters

First Tee - Metro Atlanta participant Ana Herndon speaks on the importance of Leadership

1. What is a leader?

Someone who works to ensure the success of others. One of my favorite quotes by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” This quote sets the standards for my goals as a leader. I aspire to be a great leader, one who is humble and works well with others.
Read Ana's Quick-9 on Leadership

PGA TOUR Superstore and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Invest $9.5 Million in Next Generation Through First Tee

First Tee to launch leadership summit for 40 teens in 2021


PGA Tour Superstore & First Tee

Arthur M. Blank Foundation

Meet Allison Fillmore

Executive Director - TOUR Championship - at PGA TOUR & First Tee - Metro Atlanta Board Member       Meet Allison

Race & Sports in America: Moving Golf Forward

Ahead of this week's Tour Championship, Damon Hack sits down with the Executive Director of First Tee - Metro Atlanta Marvin Hightower and Joe Weems, Head Coach of Drew Charter Golf to discuss how golf can be a vehicle to move things forward.

Meet Solomon Dobbs, a Drew Charter and First Tee - Metro Atlanta Alum


Meet Solomon Dobbs

Rooted In Service

When former teammates discovered they were not only losing their golf season, but also their college scholarships, First Tee alumna Jakari Harris sprung into action. Jakari and her former golf teammates have put together a funding effort to assist the college athletes in place of their scholarships. Jakari shares how her act of service is rooted in the values she learned as a participant at First Tee – Metro Atlanta. Read Her Story

60 Seconds with Jeff Dunovant

CBS Sports’ “8:46” campaign features honest remarks to further the conversation about systemic racism in an effort to shed light on the importance of listening, learning and coming together to create real substantive change.

First Tee - Metro Atlanta Alumni Spotlight In 2019 annual review

Kristin Nwadike Finding Passion & Purpose READ MORE

FTMA's Dunovant Honored at Georgia PGA Awards Ceremony

Jeff Dunovant - Youth Player Development Award Winner READ MORE


Catch up with FTMA alumni, Jasmin Cunningham at the PGA Merchandise Show.


FTMA Director of Golf appears on SiriusXM's PGA of America radio

Jeff Dunovant sits down with David Marr to discuss the history of the Dunovant family and the National Black Golf Hall of Fame.


GAME CHANGERS: Celebrating three prominent African-American mentors in golf

To celebrate Black History Month, the PGA of America is highlighting influential African-American PGA Professionals including our very own Director of Golf, Jeff Dunovant. READ MORE