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Harry Mussatto Golf Course
The First Tee of Western Illinois University was founded at Western Illinois University in 1999 for the purpose of providing excellent facilities, quality instruction from golf professionals, and the development of essential life skills such as honesty, integrity, respect for tradition, etiquette, sportsmanship, self esteem, self discipline, confidence and solid work ethic. Through this program, we hope to make a significant impact on the youth of our community.
The First Tee program is open to students ages 7 (must have completed 1st grade) - 17 years old. The program is divided into four skill groups: Par, Birdie, Eagle and Advanced Eagle.
The 6 week program is available at a cost of $40 for one child or $60 for two children.
Students will meet twice weekly for 6 weeks on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course. The students will receive golf instruction, learn life skills and gain an appreciation for the game of golf. The program will begin on Monday, June 10 and conclude on Thursday, July 18.
A limited number of golf club sets are available at the golf course at no charge for participants. Please note on the registration form if the student will need golf clubs.
In return for participating in the First Tee Program, students will:
- Learn and practice the fundamentals of the golf swing
- Have free access to the driving range, the 9-hole pitch & putt course, and the putting green during selected times at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course
- Be involved in the life skills curriculum developed for their age group by Virginia Commonwealth University faculty members.
- Receive a First Tee Card qualifying them for discount rates at selected courses.
- Develop a lifelong appreciation for the game of golf.
Individual responsibility, honesty, integrity, and confidence are all among the traits that can help a young person on the road to success. Golf not only teaches positive life lessons, but it depends on them for its very existence. It is a game in which there are no officials to call a breach of the rules. It is a game where only the individual participants know if the score they handed in is actually the score they shot. It is also a game where the raw beginner can play a competitive match with the most seasoned expert. It is a game where lifelong friendships can be made.
For additional information, please contact Mel Blasi or Lia Lukkarinen at (309) 298-3676.