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First Tee will wrap up summer events

The First Tee of Fort Smith will wrap up its summer activities with special fun-filled, family-oriented events Saturday at the organization, 5800 Geren Road.

Registration is slated from 7:30-8 a.m., followed by the Kids’ Skills Challenge, which will kick off events from 8-10 a.m., according to Kris Scott, executive director.

Youngsters from ages 3-17 will be able to put the skills they have learned this summer to the test as they compete in four categories — driving, chipping, putting and an essay/coloring contest. Kids will compete in five age groups: 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-13 and 14-17. Awards will be presented in each category and for best overall.

“You don’t have to be a great player and you don’t need equipment, because The First Tee will provide the clubs,” Scott said in a news release. “We just want you to have fun.”

Immediately following the skills challenge, lunch and awards ceremony, The First Tee will host its Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with games, inflatables, food and fun.

“The First Tee’s Family Fun Day is our way of saying thank you to the community for their endless support,” Scott explained of the open-to-the-public event planned to encourage dedicated family time. “It’s also a great reason for citizens to discover what we have to offer here at The First Tee.”

Wrapping up the fun-filled family day is the Ultimate Ball Drop, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Slated for 1 p.m., patrons who have purchased tickets that correspond to the number on a golf ball will await the drop, courtesy of the Fort Smith Fire Department Ladder No. 3’s new aerial platform truck, which will extend 75 feet over the First Tee’s putting green. The first ball in the hole, or the closest to the hole, will win $5,000.

Tickets are a $10 donation; the last tickets will be sold by noon the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased from a First Tee summer program participant or at The First Tee, United Federal Credit Union, BancorpSouth and various locations throughout Fort Smith; visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/firstteefortsmith, for information.

Scott said because it is the largest fundraiser for The First Tee, the organization relies heavily upon its success to continue to offer programs for youth that not only teach the game of golf, but instill the desire to be of good character and outstanding citizenship.

For information, call The First Tee at 648-9833 or visit the Facebook page, The First Tee of Fort Smith.

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