PO BOX 23334
HILTON HEAD SC 29925-3334
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
The First Tee of The Lowcountry
Address PO BOX 23334
HILTON HEAD, SC 299253334
Telephone (843) 686-2680 2
E-mail bboyd@thefirstteelowcountry.org
Projected Annual Revenue $390,151.00 (2018)
Mission Statement To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill live-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
CEO/Executive Director Brady Boyd
Board Chair Clyde Johnston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Johnston Designs
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Mission To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill live-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
In 2013, the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island and The First Tee collaborated to bring The First Tee to our community. This initiative brought The First Tee Golf Program along with its Nine Core Values to Lowcountry kids and teens that otherwise would not be exposed to the game of golf. The partnership resulted in a new Chapter called The First Tee of The Lowcountry. 
During its first year of operation (2014-2015), The First Tee of The Lowcountry identified the need for an educational training facility to offer a field-based program. A capital campaign began for the purpose of building the educational training facility adjacent to the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Working with public and private organizations, construction was ultimately completed in Spring 2016 on the 13-acre site and it now includes a driving range, 6-hole par 3 course, 9 hole disc golf course, fishing pond  and short game practice area.  
The First Tee of The Lowcountry is now teaching hundreds of children each year in their Life Skills Classes and thousands of children through their National School Program. Classes are hosted year round at the new training center, in elementary schools and at partner golf courses throughout Beaufort and Jasper County. 
1) Recruited and trained 8 Lead Coaches and over 50 assistant coaches.
2) Started field-based classes in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Ridgeland, teaching over 2,500 lessons to 275 different students. 
3) Expanded our field-based education sites 7 locations, ensuring our programs are within 30 minutes of every household within our Chapter.  
4) Developed a program with the Els for Autism Foundation that was piloted in June 2015
5) Implemented The First Tee's National School Program into the curriculum of 7 elementary schools, introducing golf and its inherent values to over 3,200 students.  
1.  Purchase SNAG equipment for all 43 elementary schools in Beaufort and Jasper County to support The First Tee National School Program.
2.  Provide advanced training to existing coaches and new training to prospective coaches. 
3.  Purchase equipment and supplies to support the care and presentation of the Training Facility.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement We have made a huge impact in our community in a very short time. The First Tee's character building programs are ideal for helping kids learn a new sport and develop manners and confidence that will carry with them the rest of their lives. Our programs are affordable and accessible and our coaches are vetted and well trained, making our youth programs the perfect choice for young families. Last year, we taught over 2,400 lessons to 273 different kids in our Life Skills Experience Classes, promoting The First Tee's Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits alongside golf in every one of our lessons. These classes are taught at our new training center as well as at partner golf courses located throughout Beaufort and Jasper County. We also reached 3,200 students with our National School Program, introducing the sport of golf and its inherent values to thousands of Beaufort and Jasper County elementary school children. Furthermore, our Outreach Programs have become very popular with another 4,000 kids and adults getting exposed to our mission through after school programs, festivals, clinics, and visits to our training center. We plan to more than double the number of students that we impact this year with the hope of making all the young people in our area good golfers and great people!      
Board Chair Statement We continue to grow and improve The First Tee Programs for our chapter, increasing the number of young people that we positively impact with our mission each year. Our Strategic Plan has been developed and approved and outlines our goals for future growth.  We are currently working on a fundraising program that will define goals for individual and corporate giving as well as income from our special events.  This fundraising program will define our expectations from board members as well as the stewardship of our donors each year. We recently held a day-long retreat for our board members to gain more knowledge and insight into The First Tee programs. This educational component will enable them to be ambassadors for our mission and talk intellegently about our programs and the continued development. 
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Jasper County
Beaufort and Jasper County, South Carolina.
Board Chair
Board Chair Clyde Johnston
Company Affiliation Johnston Designs
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Email igolf@clydejohnston.com
Board of Directors
Paul Caruso Community Volunteer
Mike Cerrati Community Volunteer
Mike Davis Community Volunteer
Chuck Eberly Community Volunteer
Bill Evans Community Volunteer
Dick Farmer Community Volunteer
John Farrell Community Volunteer
Ken Groff Community Volunteer
Clyde Johnston Golf Course Architect
Laurie Laykish Community Volunteer
Kim Likins Director, Boys & Girls Club Hilton Head, Region 4 Representative Hilton Head Town Council
Dr. Greg McCord Chief Student Services Officer, Beaufort County School District
Mike Newbold Retired Community Volunteer
Abby Petkov Retired Community Volunteer
Dr. John Preston Retired Community Volunteer
Paul Rothwell Community Volunteer
Paul Zaffaroni Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 35%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Brady Boyd
1985 Graduate of Miami University (Finance Degree). 
17 years Beaufort County Resident. 
23 years in Golf Course Management, including 13 years hosting PGA Champions TOUR Tournament at TPC Tampa Bay.
26 years PGA member including roles on the Carolinas Section and Hilton Head Island Board of Directors.
5 years coaching high school golf (Hillsborough H.S.).
5 years managing golf school contract (Ken Venturi Golf Training Center).  
Taught numerous golf lessons including individual lessons, group clinics and junior camps.  
Former Executive Director/CEOs
Mike Davis Jan 2014 - Jan 2017
Senior Staff
Nick Dunham Program Director
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 105
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 50%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2017
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Its purpose is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The program's objectives are to:
1. Provide a complete golf program appropriate for today's elementary school physical education students and teachers.
2. Enable physical educators to introduce golf consistent with national standards developed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).
3. Develop student appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game and with each lesson.
4. Engage students in daily lessons. 
Budget $40,000.00
Short Term Success

To date,  The First Tee of the Lowcountry has surveyed seven Beaufort County NSP teachers (n=7). Two of the seven teachers who completed the survey were physical education teachers. 

Of the 7 Beaufort County teachers who received the survey, 7 responded as follows:

100% incorporated the Nine Core Values as provided below:

57% use the Nine Core Values in other sports they teach (4 of 7).

o 100% of teachers reported that the National School Program lessons help students learn basic golf motor skills and concepts

o 49% of teachers reported that the National School Program training and lessons has influenced the methods they use when teaching other P.E. activities

o 99% evaluated the SNAG equipment as developmentally appropriate and effective for elementary students

o 50% reported that the Core Values have had a positive impact on student behavior in P.E. class

o 14% reported that there was carry-over impact in other P.E. and school activities

Long Term Success
Our goal is to exceed the outcomes achieved by the First Tee's 2012 survey of the national survey of their National School Program.  That national survey of more than 860 physical educators participating in The First Tee school-based program reported that:
79% incorporated the Nine Core Values through discussion during introduction and/or closure of the lesson.
72% emphasized the core value during the lesson alongside the golf skill objective.
66% used the Nine Core Values in other sports and activities they taught beyond the National School Program.
88%allocated the same or more time for the National School Program as other sports.
Of those, 19% allocated more time to golf than other sports. 
Program Success Monitored BY Local and national surveys used by The First Tee. 
The First Tee's Life Skills Experience Program focuses on The First Tee's Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. This eight week program teaches kids the basics of putting, chipping and the full swing while seemlessly introducing these Core Values into each golf lesson. As an example, kids are taught what the Core Value Courtesy looks like on the golf course (looking people in the eye when you shake their hand, staying quiet while others are hitting) and at school (raising your hand and being chosen before speaking in class). Students develop manners, confidence and other character skills that will carry with them the rest of their lives. 
The first Tee uses the game of golf to talk to youth about:
  • Properly introducing themselves
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity 
Budget $80,000.00
Short Term Success

Short term success is measured by the growth in our Life Skills Experience Class participation as well as the advancement of our students through the five levels of classes. From 2016 to 2017, we increased participation from 218 different kids to 273 different kids, teaching over 2,400 lessons. It usually takes two years to advance a student from one level to the next and, as a relatively new chapter (we are in our 4th year), we only have kids enrolled in the first three levels of classes at this point. As each participant has to start at the first level, we are advancing and growing the attendance at our second and third levels and expect to have 10 students achieve the fourth level of classes in 2019.   

Long Term Success

Surveys show that The First Tee teens and Alumni are better students, better golfers and much more engaged in community service (300% more) than other persons their age.  

Program Success Monitored BY Enrollment reports on program participation (new students, retained students and advancing students) 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $390,151.00
Projected Expenses $390,151.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Apr 2019
Address PO BOX 23334
HILTON HEAD, SC 299253334
Primary Phone (843) 686-2680 2
CEO/Executive Director Brady Boyd
Board Chair Clyde Johnston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Johnston Designs
Year of Incorporation 2014