The First Tee of the Triad, Wake Forest University Partner for Wake Forest “Big Break Challenge”


GREENSBORO, N.C. – – The First Tee of the Triad, in partnership with the men’s and women’s golf teams representing Wake Forest University, will conduct the fourth Wake Forest Junior Golf Clinic “Big Break Challenge,” The First Tee of the Triad announced today.
Set for Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m., the Wake Forest Junior Golf Clinic “Big Break Challenge” will feature members of the men’s and women’s Wake Forest golf teams teaching First Tee of the Triad students some finer points of the game at the Wake Forest practice facility, the Arnold Palmer Practice Center.

This event will give The First Tee kids an up-close view of collegiate players in action through a fun competition like the hit reality show, “The Big Break” on Golf Channel. The contestants from The First Tee of the Triad will engage in a series of golf challenges with the stronger performers advancing after each challenge until a winner is determined. In the televised version, the overall winner earned exemptions into selected professional golf events or a season-long exemption.

“The Wake Forest Big break Challenge is a fun way to engage First Tee of the Triad kids with some of the best college golfers in the country,” The First Tee of the Triad CEO Mike Barber said. “The kids really enjoy this event, and it gives them an opportunity to learn a little bit about what it takes to compete at the NCAA Division I level. They get an up-close and personal view of how good these college players are and the hard work it takes to compete at such a high level. We appreciate Jerry Haas and Dianne Daily for making this event possible again this year.

“We are so fortunate to have universities in the Piedmont Triad that support junior golf. This upcoming event at Wake Forest and the recent Bridgestone UNC-Greensboro Clinic at Grandover highlight the strong commitment our local universities have made not only to junior golf but also to the Piedmont Triad community. We thank them for believing in what we’re doing at The First Tee of the Triad and hosting these events to show these young people what they can accomplish through golf.”

The Wake Forest “Big Break Challenge” is open to the first 80 kids ages 7-18 that register. The cost is $10 per child; the event begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. at the Wake Forest University golf complex in Winston-Salem. To register, please visit:

About The First Tee of the Triad:
The First Tee of the Triad is currently operating at 16 facilities throughout the Piedmont Triad, central North Carolina and southern Virginia. Its programming is offered at Bryan Park in Browns Summit, Country Club of Salisbury, Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro, Goodyear Golf Course in Danville, Va., Greensboro National Golf Club in Summerfield, Indian Valley Golf Course in Burlington, Iron Play Par 3 Links in Summerfield, Jamestown Park Golf Course, Oak Hollow Golf Course in High Point, Rick Murphy Golf Academy in Greensboro, Ringgold Golf Course in Ringgold, Va., Statesville Country Club, Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, Winding Creek Golf Course in Thomasville and Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem. The First Tee of the Triad is one of 180 chapters operating some 1,000 golf programming locations in all 50 states and four foreign countries with more than 10 million participants. More than 7,000 elementary schools participate in The First Tee National School Program. For additional information, please visit

About The First Tee:
The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” The goal of The First Tee is to provide the golf-learning facilities and the experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime. Founded by the World Golf Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The program is overseen and has the active support of committee members representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman; he succeeds his father, former president George H.W. Bush, who served as the The First Tee’s Honorary Chairman since the organization’s inception in 1997 and now serves as the Honorary Chair Emeritus.