First Tee Chapter Championship
Saturday, May 20
Sunday, May 21
Crossroads Par-3 & Jefferson Park GC
Registration opens in March!
Must be an active First Tee member to participate.
Registration opens in March 2023
The Chapter Championship is open to all those age 7+ who are currently enrolled in the program, and is designed as a capstone experience to each season.
Participation in the Chapter Championship is encouraged each season, but not required.
Eagle and Ace players can compete on either day: Eagle/Ace (18h) and Eagle (9h).
Minimum score of 54 must be achieved in the 9h division prior to enrolling in the 18h division.
Please note your preferred “tee time” in your registration form.
These are not guaranteed, as only 2-4 players are able to tee off every 10 minutes.
Priority is based on signup date, so the earlier you sign up the closer we will get to your preferred time!
In the PLAYer, Par & Birdie divisions, tee times will be scheduled for approximately the first two hours of each division time, depending on the size of the field.
For instance, “tee times” in the 9:00am division will be 9:00, 9:10, 9:20, 9:30, 9:40… 10:50am.
Tournament play and proceedings for PLAYer, Par, Birdie divisions takes about 90-120 minutes, and for the Eagle level 2-2.5 hours for 9 holes and 4-5 hours for 18 holes.
The Chapter Championship provides a fun and educational opportunity for our members to participate in tournament-style competition and apply the golf and life skill lessons they are developing in their weekly classes.
TEE TIME Format
New this year, the Chapter Championship is scheduled with “tee time” starts, so groups of 2-4 players will be assigned a “tee time” every 10 minutes, beginning with the division start time. Please check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tee time.
Please note your preferred “tee time” in your registration form. Tee times will be scheduled for approximately the first two hours of each division time, depending on the size of the field. For instance, “tee times” in the 9:00am division will be 9:00, 9:10, 9:20, 9:30, 9:40… 10:50am. Tournament play and proceedings for PLAYer, Par, Birdie divisions takes about 90-120 minutes.
The entry fee is just a suggested $5 for the Chapter Championship, which helps us cover the costs of greens fees, trophies, awards, etc. However, cost should never be a barrier to entry, so upon submission of your registration form, you will have the chance to contribute any amount of your choice.
Parent & Guardian Roles
Typically, families and friends are welcome to join us for the Chapter Championship. But this season, we must limit gatherings and we will provide more information closer to the event. Likely that each player will be allowed to have between 1-3 spectators. Please review below and determine if you will be a spectator, a caddie, or a walking scorer.
Spectators: Having galleries for the tournament can make it a fun and exciting atmosphere for players, and enhance the experience for everyone. We ask that you keep a distance of 25 yards at all times (per WJGA rules).
Caddies: in the PLAYer group only, ONE person per player is permitted to provide assistance with equipment management and scoring if deemed the player’s caddie, but those not designated as the caddie are designated as a spectator. Caddies can be parents, guardians, siblings, friends… whoever the player chooses!
Walking Scorers: We will try to have one official “walking scorer” per group. This adult will keep a separate scorecard for the group. Players report their score to you on each hole. At the end of the round, your scorecard is then used to verify each of the players’ cards.
For all adults who plan to be on the golf course, as spectator, caddie, or walking scorer, please plan to participate in the orientation 5-10 minutes before the shotgun time and sendoff, when we’ll cover general expectations, rules of play, and special instructions.
As a sidenote, and in the interest of developing confidence and skills for life, we encourage parents to take an intentional role with their son or daughter. To start, we recommend that all parents and guardians watch this video: “Golf Parent for the Future” – (10 min. Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriot). Vision 54 is an industry leader in the theories golf skill development for all ages, with the goal being the pursuit of the perfect round: in score, enjoyment, and application for the future. Pia and Lynn were also instrumental in the development of The First Tee curriculum taught in each of our classes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Never played in a tournament? Don’t worry – this is a great place to start.
Lots of tournament experience? Great! We’ll pair you with other experienced players and you’ll have a chance to compete for the overall score award.
Various categories are awarded in each division, including special contests, overall girls, boys and scores relative to one’s “personal par”. All players are recognized for their achievement.
For players and galleries in tournament play, we maintain a code of conduct consistent with the Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA). For more information, visit their website HERE. USGA rules apply unless otherwise stated.
Come join the fun, put your skills to work, and gain some great tournament experience!