The First Tee of Milwaukee County Special Edition Vol. 1, Issue 3 October
When North Shore Country Club member Bill Forrer member passed Contents
away unexpectedly last winter, the Forrer family decided to do some-
thing to honor their father, husband, brother, son, and friend. Since 1— Bill Forrer Memorial
Bill loved children and golf, they thought to combine the two and do a
2— Devin Harris Camp
golf fundraiser to benefit children. Wes Warren, PGA Professional at
NSCC and Chair of The First Tee of Milwaukee County (TFTMC), 3— Summer Review
suggested The Memorial in honor of Bill Forrer benefit TFTMC.
4— Volunteer Spotlight
With the committee, including family and friends in place, the mem-
bers were hard at work trying to put together a day and night to re- 5— Nike Kids Cup
Real cannons being shot off of the practice putting green was a per-
fect start to a day full of fun and surprises.
An amazing 188 players came out to support the event, using all 27
holes at NSCC. The overwhelming support shown by the participants
is a tribute to the man Bill Forrer was. Meeting all of the golfers on
each of the par 3’s were First Tee participants. The kids that were se-
lected to participate as par 3 attendants were chosen because of the
dedication they show throughout the summer during lessons, and the WPGA Junior Tour Special
way they exemplify The First Tee 9 Core Values. The 15 participants Edition Coming Soon
volunteered their day to meet and greet each player, rake bunkers, fix
ball marks, and clean golf balls on their respective hole. Some of the
kids even had an opportunity to hit a few shots. One in particular, the
littlest and youngest one out there, Donovan Draghicchio, sinking a
15 foot birdie putt for a team. All of the kids did a fantastic job on the
day and represented The First Tee amazingly well.
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Over 300 people came to enjoy great food, great golf, and both silent and live auctions.
The silent auction brought in over $8,800 and then the real fun started. The 5 live auc-
tion items scheduled to be auctioned off started off great, and then the generosity and
excitement of the membership shined through. By the time it was all done the original 5
items had grown to 14 with members donating their houses, gift certificates , condo’s
and more. Before the band De’j’a vu kicked off the rest of the night on the dance floor ,
Head Pro Wes Warren, proudly announced the total raised from the live auction was
The First Annual Memorial golf outing was a huge success on many different levels.
First and foremost is honoring Bill Forrer and the life he led. Secondly the money
raised, over $85,000, was almost triple the largest amount ever raised in our nine year
history. All of the money raised will fund The First Tee of Milwaukee County initiatives
that provide programming throughout Southeastern WI. Lastly was the presentation of
our program. Participants, staff and volunteers were all presented, via slideshow, in
front of an audience that can definitely make a difference.
Once again a special thanks goes out to all of the staff at North Shore Country Club for
ensuring that everything ran smoothly all day long. Thank you also to the Forrer Fam-
ily, your dedication to Bill was inspiring and proved that his life will continue to make a
difference for years to come. Also, a thank you goes out to everyone who participated
in the event and donated to our cause that day. We appreciate it greatly!
At Devin Harris’ request the Wisconsin PGA and
The First Tee of Milwaukee County were on hand
to teach the fundamentals of the game of golf.
The PGA Professionals worked with the children
Devin on the basics of the golf swing including the grip,
stance and posture. The representatives from
CSI Golf gave putting lessons using their line of
custom putters. Devin Harris, an avid golfer him-
self, spent a lot of time in the golf area talking with
Basketball the golf professionals and hitting balls.
The children, 90% of which had never played golf
Devin shows off his smooth swing. before, were also taught the importance of golf as
a lifetime sport as well as an important business
From Tuesday, August 11th through Thurs- tool. The First Tee’s nine core values were also
day, August 14th the Wisconsin PGA and The First discussed at the beginning of each lesson.
Tee of Milwaukee County teamed up with the 2009
Devin Harris Basketball Camp at North Division This was the fourth year that Devin Harris has
High School. Devin Harris, a graduate of Wauwa- sponsored his basketball camp in Milwaukee. The
tosa East High School and the University of Wis- free camp was open to children ages 8 to 15 and
consin-Madison, is currently an All-Star point is part of Devin’s 34 Ways To Assist charity foun-
guard for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. dation. Harris’ foundation works primarily with
The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Big Brothers
A number of local PGA teaching professionals as Big Sisters in the Milwaukee, Dallas, New Jersey,
well as Craig and Derek Stingley of CSI Golf came
and New York areas.
out to teach three 90 minute golf sessions per day
to over 400 children at the camp.
Hanc Spivey looks on as a young golfer
hits consistently nice shots.
James “high-fives” a new golfer after a Evan Hewes discusses the basics of the
great swing. grip to interested youngsters.
2009 Summer Review
Well, another summer is greatly improve your golf game. A clinic given by former Marquette
in the books for The First Tee of The Girl’s Only lessons, as ex- University golfer and member of
Milwaukee County, and what an pected, were a big success. the 2009 PING All-America First
exciting summer it was! We Over 100 girls took advantage Team, Mike Van Sickle brought the
picked up right where we left off of the lessons with a female in- day of activities to a close. All in
last year with full rosters of jun- structor and no boys to distract all, this week was a huge success
ior golfers ready to learn the them! for our students and for our pro-
game of golf. During the week of July 13th - grams.
Right from the start this 19th we once again spent the Once again we had many
year we had groups from Milwau- week running the practice range junior golfers join us for multiple
kee School of Sign Languages, at the US Bank Championship. lessons this past summer and we
Milwaukee Rec. Department and This, as always, was a great ex- would like to thank all of them for
numerous YMCA groups. In ad- perience. Many of our students their continued support. Also, a
dition, we had our Pre-par, Par, came out and volunteered with big thanks goes out to all of our
Birdie, and Eagle classes all anx- us on the range. In addition to volunteers. The countless hours of
ious to get the season underway. meeting Tour Players our stu- time and support you provide are
The weather was also extremely dents were able to see every- invaluable to us and go much far-
cooperative for the majority of thing that goes on at a PGA ther than you know. As our num-
the summer. Tour event. bers continue to increase we will
However, when there The kids also participated in the continue to evaluate our program-
was bad weather it always Family Day Activities presented ming and make every effort to
seemed to be on Fridays, in par- by the US Bank Championship make our golf lessons the best
ticular, Kid’s Cup Fridays. After a and the Wisconsin PGA Junior possible experience for our chil-
couple of make up rounds the Foundation in which they got dren.
Kid’s Cup was back on track and free lessons from local PGA Pro- How successful the children
saw its first female winner in Sa- fessionals and Apprentices. are at golf is secondary to how
vannah Vega-Schwartz. Not only did the following in- successful the children are at mak-
Back again this summer structors donate their time, but ing positive choices in life. This
were our popular Parent/Junior also helped raise over $7,400 to summer was a tremendous suc-
lessons and our Girl’s Only les- support junior golf. cess. The greatest success, how-
sons. The Parent/Junior lessons Kevin Kramp, Bill Ehn, ever, was seeing the growth of the
give Parents the opportunity to Mike Vance, Mark Rechlic, Doug kids not only as golfers but as
join their child for a series of Mortola, Brendan Locke, Kevin young adults.
hour long lessons that covers all Kihslinger, Todd Gamroth, Dan
facets of the game. In addition Hoffman, and Courtney Buchach See you all next Summer!
to a great experience to share were all on hand to give lessons
with your child you can also to the junior golfers.
Honesty - Integrity - Sportsmanship - Respect - Confidence - Responsibility - Perseverance - Courtesy - Judgment
The First Tee’s Nine Core Values are at the center of everything we do.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Curt Neudecker
As for his career highlights, Neudecker coached
Curt Neudecker has boys and girls golf at the high school level in
been a volunteer with both Wisconsin and Illinois. “While coaching my
The First Tee of Milwau- first boys golf team, we had a match against
kee County for the past Belleville West High School in Illinois and they
five years and in his own had a sophomore on their team by the name of
words has, “loved every Jay Haas. His uncle happened to be Bob Goalby
minute of it.” As a for- who won the Masters when Roberto De Vicenzo
mer school teacher, signed an incorrect score card. Yea, I'm that
counselor, and adminis- old,” joked Neudecker.
trator he knows the
value of the life lessons Looking back on his time with The First Tee of
that golf brings to young Milwaukee County Curt remembers his first year
kids. Many of the skills, with The First Tee when he was amazed at how
rules, and lessons many young, skilled players there were. “Not
learned through The First only were there skilled players but they were
Tee program can be di- well-rounded players. The kids always have
rectly related to the type of skills one needs to suc- great attitudes and are eager to learn. That was
ceed in life. “The program is so very well organ- when I knew the program was for me,” said
ized thanks to the hard work of the Wisconsin PGA Neudecker.
and The First Tee of Milwaukee County that every
day a lesson is taught and every day kids learn a “I have also been very pleased that many of the
new aspect of the game as well as life,” said Neu- kids come back year after year and that the pro-
decker. gram has grown under its strong leadership,”
remarks Neudecker. “The First Tee of Milwaukee
Curt continues to be impressed with the number of County is something I am proud to be a part of!”
community groups and organizations that The First
Tee of Milwaukee County works with each year Curt and Pat, his wife of 36 years, currently re-
saying, “The number of children that they reach side in Oconomowoc. They also have two sons,
year in and year out is remarkable. I will continue Erik and Chad with whom Curt goes golfing with
to work with The First Tee until I am unable con- whenever he can saying, “Both boys hit the ball
tribute in a meaningful way!” way past me but I always seem to have the best
score at the end of the round. It just goes to
Curt’s golfing career began at the age of 10 at a show that a little skill can overcome a lot of
country club in Southern Illinois and he has been power in this great game of golf!”
hooked ever since. “I have been fortunate enough
to play at many of the great courses in the United A special thanks goes out to Curt and his family
States, mostly in California, Florida, and the Mid- for their dedication to our programming and vi-
west but nothing beats my most memorable round sion. The enthusiasm of volunteers like Curt is
at Ko’olau golf course in Hawaii. I broke 90 that an invaluable tool to us at The First Tee of Mil-
day on what many people say is one of the most waukee County. Without their yearly commit-
difficult courses in the world. Also, Happy Gilmore, ment our programs would not be the same.
I mean Adam Sandler, was playing in the foursome Thanks again!
ahead of us, so that was a pretty cool day!”
2009 Nike Kids Cup
Back for another year and welcoming a new sponsor, the Nike Kids Cup showcased a group of talented
young golfers. 35 First Tee of Milwaukee County participants teed it up throughout the summer in four com-
petitive rounds at Noyes Park. Plagued by a few rainouts, the participants persevered and finished the sum-
mer with some outstanding play.
The “A” flight division was neck and neck throughout the season. Defending champion David Foster was try-
ing to make it two straight titles, but Savannah Vega-Schwartz saw it differently. Savannah squeaked by and
defeated David by one stroke. Securing third place was Danny Sanicki. Who said there needed to be a girls
Don’t leave all the dramatics to the “A” flight, there was a battle for second place on the line in the “B”
flight.. Drew Horter and Matthew Wagoner were all tied up after the fourth round and battled it out in sudden
death. After tying the first hole both boy’s had their game face on going into the ninth hole. Drew edged out
Matthew securing second place with Matthew taking third.
A cookout and always exciting game of S.N.A.G baseball capped off another great season and recognized all
of the competitors for their efforts and accomplishments. Thank you to all of the parents for participating all
season long as scorers and rules officials.
A huge thanks goes out to Jason Fitchett and Barry Beckert from Nike Golf for their support.
9 CORE VALUE AWARD WINNERS
The 9 Core Value awards are given to participants that exude the values on and off the golf course.
The recipients of the awards were chosen by the staff by performing in a manner that exemplify one
of the 9 Core Values.
-Respect -Perseverance -Courtesy
Sydney Brandt Brandon Wilde Tyler Termaat
-Integrity -Confidence -Honesty
Drew Horter Philip Maio Steven Sanicki
-Responsibility -Judgment -Sportsmanship
Savannah Vega-Schwartz Drake Sutton Zak Kachelek