Dear Eagle Students,
Congratulations on reaching the Eagle level at First Tee! You should be very proud, as it takes a lot of time, dedication, and practice to develop the skills and maturity it takes to become an Eagle member. As an Eagle student, you represent so much of what the program is about, including advanced golf skills, setting a positive example for others, exhibiting healthy habits, and setting goals and plans for your future.
At some point in your Eagle journey, you may have an interest in joining the Ace level, in which case we hope to provide some details here that will help in the next steps. As with all levels in the program, there is no hurry or pressure to progress from one to the next. Development is a journey, and in golf especially, where each experience can present new challenges and lessons learned, regardless of where or with whom you are playing. For most participants, they will graduate the program as Eagle members, and that is an achievement for which you should be very proud! For some, however, they may wish to take another step and apply for the Ace program.
Since there is just one Ace class, Eagle certification does not necessarily guarantee advancement to Ace. Therefore, we will have an application process to determine our top candidates for entry in the fall session. If you are not selected, don’t worry. We have more than 100 Eagle members enrolled throughout the year, so as you can imagine, most will not play at the Ace level. Additionally, if your application is not accepted for this fall, and you will still be eligible next year, be sure to set some goals and build up your resume in the meantime!
About the Ace program
The Ace level is made up of 18 members of First Tee – Greater Seattle who demonstrate outstanding leadership, respect, and stewardship for the game of golf and the community. Currently, the profile of Ace members include 18 high school golfers, all age 15-18. Experience in First Tee ranges from 3 to 10 years, with an average of about 6 years. This year, Ace members have been selected for 7 different national opportunities with First Tee, including the Life Skills & Leadership Academy and the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach.
Following the summer of their senior year in high school, approximately 6 members of the Ace program move on and officially become alumni of the First Tee. That means that 6 spots are open for new members.
The Ace program is centered around leadership, planning for the future, and success on and off the golf course. The primary four pillars include: 1) enjoy golf for life, 2) plan for life and career possibilities, 3) give back to community, and 4) explore educational opportunities (i.e., college or other). Jefferson Park GC is the default meeting location for the Ace group, but weekly classes are held at various locations throughout King County, with experiential learning as the means to developing applicable skills in the aforementioned categories. Course play is an important component of the class, and typically at several different local golf courses per season.
Ace members serve an important role in the chapter. Aside from their regular class meetings, Ace members are often invited to help with special events, volunteer, coach, speak to groups like the board of directors, and serve as an ambassador of the program. Ace members hold a position on the Junior Advisory Board, which includes the planning and execution of the seasonal equipment sales and also serving as the chapter’s student governing body. Ace members may wish to run for a JAB director position as well, of which all roles will be up for election/re-election each summer. In any capacity, and whether in a role with First Tee or otherwise, Ace members are expected to maintain a high level of integrity on and off the golf course.
Ace Application Guidelines
- Age 15+
- Entering sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school.
- Eagle Certified
- Guidelines HERE
- Chapter Involvement
- Coaching & volunteering
- Junior Advisory Board
- Special events
- National opportunities
- Golf Experience
- High school team
- Leadership Roles
- First Tee
- Internships, jobs, etc.
- Mastery of the Core Values
- Maintain pace of 4 hours per less for 18 holes.
- Care for the course: fix ball marks, divots, and leave facility better than you found it.
- Keep a positive attitude and be a good golf partner, regardless of how you are playing.
- At a minimum, meet Eagle Certification standards.
- Active GHIN handicap and some tournament experience preferred.
- Able to communicate effectively via text, email, and web-based programs.
- Proficiency in planning and anticipating attendance.
- Embrace the Mission
- Golf is more than a game
- Our goal is to develop our character through the game of golf
- Appreciate diversity and always show respect for yourself, others, and your surroundings
- Aim to become a “PLAYer for Life” (Play, Learn, Appreciate Your game)
We look forward to reviewing your application!