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First Tee Partners with International Paper on Second Site

The First Tee of Savannah (TFTS), a youth development organization that teaches life skills through the game of golf, is partnering with International Paper Company to add another program location. 
Beginning Sept. 16, TFTS, one of 204 Chapters nationally, will be adding a second location at the Mary Calder Golf Course located on the grounds of International Paper’s Savannah Mill.  The course is currently managed by Alan Cale and CGL Management. 
Although programming will begin on Sept. 16,  in order to conduct the full program, the course will undergo a $310,000 renovation which will include constructing a driving range, enlarging the putting green, adding a practice area and installing junior tees.  A dedicated clubhouse will also be renovated to accommodate indoor programming and tutorials.
TFTS has already raised more than half of the needed funds for the project. Through the generosity of the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, founded by Brent and Jean Wadsworth, headquartered in Middleton, Ohio, TFTS will receive $150,000 towards the project. The remaining funds will be raised from grants, corporations, and individual contributions. 
Leon McNair, Board President of the foundation and the staff, has worked diligently with TFTS to bring this project to realization.  Michael Potts, Chairman of The First Tee’s Board of Directors says “We are very excited to have the opportunity to expand our program to the West side of Savannah.  We believe it will give us a wider reach, and allow us to expand our impact on the lives of more young people.”
To get involved, or help with the project, contact Karen Bogans, Executive Director, The First Tee of Savannah at (912) 692-1162 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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