First Tee - Coachella Valley

Spring 2022

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2 • First Tee – Coachella Valley Magazine • Spring 2022 l making headlines Pair of aces! FTCV announces Jim Kane Scholarship winners T wo exemplary members of the First Tee – Coachella Valley recently received a nice boost toward their educations. Braden Bernaldo and Maleyna Gregorio were selected to be awarded the Jim Kane Scholarship in March, named in honor of the or- ganization's long-standing board member who passed away in 2019. The scholarships are $2,000 each. Gregorio, who recently signed a letter of intent to play golf at UC Riv- erside, has been a member of FTCV since she was 4 years old. Bernaldo, who will enter his senior year in high school in 2022, has been a member of the organization for 12 years, and is planning to attend Morningside University in Iowa. ............................................................. > CLICK HERE to learn more. Bright idea Hailey Hays helps raise nearly $16,000 at Shots in the Night event E agle-level participant Hailey Hays put together a fundraiser for the First Tee – Coachella Valley that utilized Indian Wells Golf Resort's night- time entertainment venue Shots in the Night – and the results from the March 30 event were lights out. Hays, who organized the fundraiser after attending a First Tee leadership conference and as part of an ef- fort to obtain a scholarship, helped raise nearly $16,000 for the organization, a feat that will help bring a First Tee program to the physical education classes at Palm Desert Middle School. "As a golfer on the Palm Desert High School girls golf team, it has always been a goal and passion of mine to get more girls into the game," Hays said. "My hope is that by implementing this First Tee program into Palm Desert Middle School we can introduce new people – boys and girls – to a sport that has had a profound impact on my life." Hays said Shots in the Night, which features a glow golf range and laser putting games, served as a won- derful venue for the event as it also gave people who had never played the game a chance to do so. "We also had the opportunity to showcase First Tee golf equipment along with a few games and activities that will soon be implemented into the middle school's program," Hays said. "This was a great way to intro- duce various aspects of the First Tee curriculum." ............................................................................................. > CLICK HERE for information about how you can donate to First Tee – Coachella Valley. Executive Director Teal Guion, Braden Bernaldo and Maleyna Gregorio. << SCROLL through the slideshow to view more photos! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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