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Harvey Penick Golf Campus
World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite joined LPGA player Cindy Figg-Currier to celebrate the grand opening of The First Tee of Greater Austin at the new Harvey Penick Golf Campus. Special guests also included PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and The First Tee Executive Director Joe Louis Barrow Jr.
The Harvey Penick Golf Campus, home of The First Tee of Greater Austin, features a PGA Tour-designed nine-hole course, three-hole short course and driving range on 112 acres, divided by a natural water hazard. The new facility will allow The First Tee of Greater Austin to increase its impact by 150 percent, reaching 1,500 young people each year.
"On behalf of the PGA Tour, I am pleased to help dedicate this facility in honor of World Golf Hall of Fame member Harvey Penick," said Finchem, who also serves as chairman of the World Golf Foundation. "This is a true investment in the Austin community and in the futures of the many young people who will benefit from The First Tee Life Skills Experience."
The new facility celebrates the spirit of Penick, an Austin legend, by making golf and its values accessible to all of Greater Austin. Crenshaw, Kite and Figg-Currier were on hand to support The First Tee and recognize their former instructor.
"The name Harvey Penick has always been synonymous with both Austin golf and helping others," said Crenshaw. "The golf campus is a fitting tribute to him."
"My father would be proud to see a golf campus that embodies his teachings and his beliefs," said Tinsley Penick, son of Harvey Penick.
Since The First Tee of Greater Austin began conducting programs in 2001, it has reached nearly 3,000 young people. Several of those participants hit ceremonial tee-shots on the first hole of the short course, signifying the opening of the new facility. The tee-shot ceremony was followed by a helicopter golf ball drop and raffle to benefit the Chapter.
"The First Tee of Greater Austin has always performed as a model chapter," said Barrow. "The new Harvey Penick Golf Campus will provide an excellent atmosphere that contributes to the well-being of Austin youth and promotes character education."
The First Tee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that gives young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship through golf and character education. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has opened 201 golf-learning facilities and introduced the game of golf to over 450,000 participants.