A Note from our ED on Current Events
When golfers are asked about why they love the game, some common themes always rise to the top. Golf is a game of honor and integrity. Golf is a healthy outdoor activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Golf brings people together around a common passion. Golf reveals character. Golfers are required to take responsibility and be accountable, much like we are being asked to do today.
As we have heard the phrase “unprecedented times” so frequently over the last several months, the game we love has provided us with reminders about fundamental principles we can all embrace. As we wrestle with how we can deliver true equality in our society and provide safety in the face of a pandemic, I am inspired by the values of our game. The Core Values of The First Tee set a high standard for the way we behave and interact with each other. These are not just lessons for junior golfers, but standards for us all to live up to.
Honesty. Integrity. Sportsmanship. Respect. Confidence. Responsibility. Perseverance. Courtesy. Judgment.
As the worldwide community of golfers works to fully embody these values, our game and our culture will be better for it. Respect does not allow for prejudice and discrimination. Courtesy requires valuing the safety of others at least as much as we value our personal routines.
The TGA staff and leadership will be working diligently to ensure that our policies and programs meet these standards and make a difference.