Golf News for Monday, June 9, 2014 | Instruction

First Tee of the Triad announces John Faidley Learning Center

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The John Faidley Learning Center at Winston Lake was announced on June 2 at the Forsyth Country Club Celebrity Pro-Am Evening Party.

The Learning Center will be constructed at Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem, N.C., and will be the first teaching facility in the Piedmont Triad to also include an academic center. Features of The John Faidley Learning Center include hitting bays, a practice putting green, an observation deck for parents to watch their children grow in the program, and a building which will house a computer center for children to do homework. The Learning Center's goal is to become a safe and engaging place for participants to spend time after school.

The John Faidley Learning Center at Winston Lake was made possible after an anonymous donor pledged a $100,000 matching grant to The First Tee of the Triad. This pledge, along with a commitment from Landmark Builders based in Winston-Salem to cover building costs, put this project into motion. The Self Foundation also pledged $75,000 over three years to fund both the technology and the curriculum of the academic center.

John Faidley, PGA has been the Head PGA Professional at Winston-Salem's Forsyth Country Club since 2001. Faidley and club members have hosted the Forsyth Country Club Celebrity Pro-Am for five years. Proceeds from this annual event support The First Tee of the Triad by contributing almost $500,000 over the five years and helping the chapter become known as one of the Top Ten First Tee Chapters in the United States.

"John Faidley, PGA has shown such a remarkable commitment to our program by hosting the fifth annual Forsyth Country Club Celebrity Pro-Am," said The First Tee of the Triad President Mike Barber. "The members at Forsyth CC have opened their arms to the children of our organization and fully embraced our mission."

The First Tee of the Triad is still looking for two more significant benefactors to fully fund this project. The goal is to have the facility open by Fall 2014.

About The First Tee of the Triad
The goal of The First Tee is to provide golf-learning facilities and experiences that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake in a game that teaches lifelong values and can be played for a lifetime. The First Tee of the Triad operates at nine different locations around the Triad. The First Tee of the Triad is one of 204 chapters operating at 692 facilities in all 50 states and five foreign countries with over 3 million participants. More than 3,300 schools also participate in the program. Founded by the World Golf Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The program is overseen and has the active support of committee members representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman.

About the Carolinas PGA Section
Since its inception in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section has been committed to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities. Now the largest of the PGA's 41 sections, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers' Association boasts 2,000 professional members and represents more than 800 golf facilities within North and South Carolina as well as portions of southern Virginia. PGA Professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations, and much more.

Martin Armes, 919-608-7260,
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