The First Tee of Greater Tyler continues to grow and the organization will be teeing up a new facility on Monday.

The groundbreaking for The First Tee of Greater Tyler Learning Facility at Woldert Park is scheduled for 8 a.m.

All are welcome to attend this exciting addition to the Tyler community, said First Tee Executive Director Stacia Aylor, Program Director Christian Sarran and President Randy Stuart.

In collaboration with the city of Tyler, The First Tee of Greater Tyler is constructing a learning facility on the corner of West 32nd Street and North Broadway Avenue as part of the Woldert Park system. The facility will include a limited flight driving range, putting green and chipping green. In the future, a building will be added to broaden services provided to the community.

The facility is expected to be completed in time for TFTGT to hold the Fall 2019 Life Skills classes. Phase 2 of the facility, expected to be complete in 2020, will include netting around the driving/practice range, lighting for night activities and classroom facilities. With the addition of the netting, participants will be able to hit real golf balls.

The First Tee of Greater Tyler Learning Facility at Woldert Park will be used to conduct Life Skills Experience Classes. These will be offered to Tyler ISD students as well as other students in the community. The goal is to see at least 150 students go through the 2019 Fall program and see growth with each season.

Having a learning facility in North Tyler is a dream come true for the founding partners of the Greater Tyler chapter, the organization said.

Their main programs over the past few years have been at Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard. With both locations available, they will now be able to provide youth development services to all communities of the Greater Tyler area.

The First Tee of Greater Tyler is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to positive youth development. Using golf as a platform, The First Tee programs teach life skills and core values like honesty, respect and perseverance to young people between the ages of 7 and 18.

The mission statement of The First Tee of Greater Tyler is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

For more information about the program, go to www.thefirstteegreatertyler.org.

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