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First Tee golf tourney Friday at Eagle Valley

A youth program that aims to put more golf clubs in students' hands will get a boost next week.

On Friday, Aug. 2, the First Tee of Woodbury will hold its inaugural golf tournament at Eagle Valley Golf Course.

Proceeds from the event go to benefit the freshly hatched First Tee of Woodbury program. First Tee is a 10,000-member strong nationally based organization that teaches children the game of golf.

As kids go through the program, they're exposed to a curriculum that instills what First Tee calls its nine core values and nine healthy habits. That means embracing concepts like honesty, sportsmanship and confidence, along with developing habits for strong physical, emotional and social health.

Robert O'Brien, a Woodbury-based financial adviser, organized the local First Tee program, which is the first in the east metro. He said the program is in the process of achieving its first major goal - being incorporated into local schools; Royal Oaks Elementary will be participating, he said, with another Woodbury school also poised to join.

Friday's golf tournament includes a dinner catered by Vinnie's Restaurant. Also appearing at the event will be former Green Bay Packers defensive back Doug Hart, who will be playing and signing autographs.

The event will also see Brian Simpson, an area golf pro and director of The First Tee of St. Paul. Simpson will be bringing a surprise guest - a student from First Tee, who O'Brien described as "one of the top players in the state."

Anyone interested registering to play in the tournament, which tees off with a noon shotgun start, should contact O'Brien at or visit the Eagle Valley Golf Course website.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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