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Photo courtesy Cedaredge Ladies' Golf Club Cedaredge's up and coming golfers take some practice swings during P.E. class. The First Tee program reinforces values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

Cedaredge is the newest location of the First Tee program in Colorado.

This highly recognized program introduces children to the game of golf, incorporates nine core values and encourages healthy living habits through the physical education curriculum.

The Cedaredge Ladies' Golf Club held a special charity golf tournament in September and raised over $4,000 through corporate and individual sponsors for this school program to be implemented at Cedaredge Elementary School. Additional monies will be used to offer free golf equipment to young golfers, support underprivileged kids with summer golf camps, and promote junior golf in the community.

The First Tee curriculum was offered in October by CES physical education teacher Amie Henderson, who received training through First Tee of Denver. Volunteers from the men's and women's Cedaredge golf leagues helped explain the fundamentals of golf to the students.

"This was a wonderful opportunity for the golf community elders to partner with our youth and to encourage them in learning golf skills," said Barb Stoermer, vice president of the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club.

Stoermer was one of the volunteers. "We see this program as building bridges," she said. "It's important for children to understand the golf course is a community resource; it's not just for the people who live around the golf course.

"We also want Cedaredge Golf Club to be viewed as a place that's receptive to kids and welcoming to families," she added.

"This really ties into what we're doing at the golf course," golf pro Larry Murphy told council members at the conclusion of the four-week program. The golf course offers junior camps/programs, an on-course experience for middle schoolers, and supports the high school golf program. In 2018, the golf course plans to add family nights.

The Cedaredge Ladies' Golf Club will continue to raise funds for the First Tee program, golf camps, scholarships and other programs to support youth. Donations of used equipment are also welcome. For information, contact Stoermer at 970-201-0519.

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