First Tee of Augusta treats youth to day at Augusta National, live Golf Channel interview

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, Monday, April 2, 2012

AUGUSTA,Ga -- Some local young people were treated to a day at Augusta National. They also took part in a live interview with the Golf Channel's Michael Breed. It is all in a days work for the students at the First Tee of Augusta.

"I'm excited for her because she is just a golf fanatic," said Ebonye's mom Candye Smith.

Ebonye said she did not see this one coming.

"My coach he was like...you're going to the Masters," recalled Ebonye. "I was just like wow."

Ebonye is featured in Augusta Family Magazine as a First Tee of Augusta standout. She is pretty good.

"I'm very good," said Ebonye with a smile. "I'm better than Tiger Woods, you know."

Ebonye is a Tiger fan, and so is her partner Brette. They both were armed with practice tickets.

"It's really cool," said Brette Bryant. "I have never been to a practice round so I don't know what's going to happen."

Ebonye and Brette's other First Tee peers were at the Augusta Country Club getting a one on one lesson with the Golf Channel's Michael Breed.

"Some folks are just at home sitting on the couch watching cartoons," said First Tee executive director Jill Brown. "Our kids are out really being exposed to some positive things."

Our cameras were rolling as the group of 8 to 18 year old students made their Golf Channel debut.

"Look out for some of these great kids," said Coach Alphonso Ashford. "If you have the opportunity to talk to one of them and see what we see in these young people, you would do nothing else but support the First Tee."

You can catch the students tonight at 7PM on The Golf Fix. First Tee is funded by your donations. One of their biggest events is tomorrow. Gates open for the Rock Fore! Dough concert at 3:30PM. Tickets are $35 the day of the event.


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