1st Tee program for kids offers more than golf

STOCKTON - When 12-year-old Anitra Khoth and 18-year-old Anthony Madrid visit the driving range in north Stockton, it's one perfect shot after another.

Both are participants in the San Joaquin chapter of 1st Tee -- a program that teaches golf and nine core values.

"Through out my high school years, I've used 1st Tee techniques -- like goal setting, staying motivated -- that kept me on track," Madrid said.

Now, Madrid is headed to the University of the Pacific in the fall on a golf scholarship, while Khoth is hoping to be a professional one day.

"I want to get into the LPGA," she said. "When you play golf, it teaches you about patience and not to get angry."

1st Tee has chapters throughout the country. In Stockton, fees are waived for families that can't afford the $60 fee for nine weeks instruction.


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