Terry Anton accepting Founder Award from Joe Barrow, The First Tee CEO
Former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, Congressman James Clyburn, Terry Anton of Starting New at Golf (SNAG,) Royal Bank of Scotland and Brandon Tidwell of the FedEx Corp. were presented with The First Tee’s Founder Awards Friday at the organization’s Network Meeting at Hyatt Regency San Antonio. The award program recognizes special individuals and groups such as youth service agencies, vendors, suppliers and teaching professionals for their support of The First Tee.
Terry Anton, co-founder and president of SNAG, has partnered with The First Tee for many years. He has provided The First Tee with deep discounts on equipment, resulting in more than 4,000 elementary schools and the majority of the organization’s chapters using SNAG equipment for programming. Anton has traveled worldwide bringing beginner golf programming to schools and golf courses.
"Terry Anton’s passion and commitment has led to growth of the game...", said the First Tee.
"I am honored to be recognized by such a great organization. Being a part of an organization that is making a difference in children's lives is very rewarding. SNAG will continue to support their efforts in every way possible.", said Terry Anton aka SNAGDADDY.
About The First Tee
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in schools and on military installations.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 4.7 million participants in all 50 United States and four international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA.
YouTube.com/GOLF has added a video of Kate Tempesta (aka SNAG Apple) talking SNAG at the recent PGA Show in Orlando. Kate is the owner of Kate Tempesta's Urban Golf Academy in New York City and our SNAG Certification Instuctor. Check it out! (Look at those guns!)
The following folks are our NEW Level One SNAG Certification graduates from the January training in Orlando. From California to Singapore, these dedicated professionals came from all over the globe to be instructed in all things SNAG. Thank you to our wonderful instructor and honerary SNAG Apple, Kate Tempesta. She, with assistance of SNAG Lindsey, put together a great group of people and did a wonderful job!
January 2011 Level One Certified Instructors:
Roger Van Dyke
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE GOLF PROFESSIONALS!
Here is what these graduates had to say about their experience with Kate, Lindsey, and the 2 day Certification:
“ I appreciated the chance to learn different ways to implement the program, as well as the vision behind SNAG. I am excited to start changing golf as we know it!”~Kyle Baker
“SNAG is a very fun, exciting and engaging way to introduce and teach the game of golf to all ages. It was fantastic to learn their system through hands on experience. I highly recommend this opportunity.”~Wendy Werley Bullock
“For those who want to learn to play golf- SNAG teaches both Play and Golf!”~ Patty Jordan
“Attending the SNAG Certification was a great experience. It was a fun learning environment and being able to network with other golf professionals about growing the game of golf provided valuable lessons for future use.”~Marlene Davis
“The training opens traditional golf instructors to an endless supply of new golfers and in order to grow golf, we must be willing to change. SNAG is providing the tools, we must explore the opportunities.”~Mike Shirley
“We play to learn and a tool (SNAG) that enables us to promote fun and learning together is valuable to learning the game of golf. The group that I was lucky enough to be part of was dynamic, energetic, and being able to share ideas and thoughts was enlightening. Kate brought enthusiasm and a genuine passion for what she does.”~Valerie Flora
“This certification program enabled me to find such creative ways to utilize the SNAG system. It will absolutely revolutionize my teaching business.”~Wendy Kern
“Every golf teacher/professional (PGA or LPGA) should be required to be SNAG Certified. It is fundamental to a new golfer’s success and growing the game of golf.”~Shelly Haywood
“Finally a place where you are not box/course bound!”~Caroline Goasguen
“Innovative [SNAG] and a great model for education and entertainment for children and adults. Programs to educate juniors are needed as today’s methods are not working. These programs [SNAG] are great and probably will be the “tip of the iceberg”.”~Phil Hancock
“I love the program. It is perfect for children. I can see it works with my children at school.” ~Connie Capanegra
“How I wish I’d have started my golf from SNAG! Fun! Fun! Fun!”~Mashhuri Sarpowan
“The ideas and SNAG equipment offer a true growth of the game model.”~Chris Knobloch
Would you like to effectively use SNAG to instruct new learners and to make additional income? Then become "SNAG Certified"! Becoming a "Certified" instructor insures you can fully maximize potential revenue opportunities for new or improved SNAG programs and potential clients.
The Orchid Community Golf program in the UK aims to show that golf is for everyone everywhere. They use SNAG golf equipment to bring the golf course to inner city community spaces. They currently work with schools, universities, playgrounds,housing projects, local authorities and golf agencies to increase participation in golf,encouraging active healthy lifestyles through community activities.
TWO very cool things about the Orchid Community Golf program:
1. Professor Oliver with Orchid (cancer charity in UK) is educating kids in London on the importance of a lifetime of regular exercise and safe sun exposure.
2. Team Orchid had a friendly SNAG competition with other teams around the world in a web-based international SNAG tournament. If you are interested in seeing pictures from the Tower Hamlets vs Cape Town Juniors competition: check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us0c51EsAgU&
Frank Harrington with Orchid Community Golf says, "we absolutely love SNAG, as does everyone we introduce it to".
Today, Nancy Logan (National Recreation and Park Association), and Terry Anton (SNAG Golf) announced a partnership to grow the game of golf through a national program called G-Ball, to be rolled out in Parks and Recreation Facilities over the next few years. Imagine how many of these children will want to play golf for a lifetime.
G-Ball will educate the next generation of golfers! Millions of children will learn to play golf in our parks! G-Ball will bring golf into mainstream team sports through Parks and Recreation Facilities. Golf, for the first time, will enter the team sport arena to be more competitive with all other sports.
February 8, 2011 Press Release:
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has partnered with SNAG® (Starting New at Golf) to bring their G-Ball program to municipal parks and recreation facilities. G-Ball can best be described as golf’s version of T-Ball, focused on children 5 to 8 years old. It will be conducted by parent-coaches on soccer fields and selected open space within municipal facilities.
G-Ball has been several years in the making to ensure age-appropriate programming to develop a child’s golf motor skills as well as the culture of the game. Dr. Robert Pangrazi, author of more than 50 physical-education textbooks, and Dr. Vanessa Anton developed the curriculum and activities so that parent-coaches can deliver the content effectively. The program is intended to be activity based with progressive instruction to occur as the child develops. Play will be the focus of the program in a non-competitive format.
In 2011, the program will be piloted by 15 park and recreation agencies. An agency could potentially include eight to 300+ parks and recreation facilities. The program will then be expanded for 2012 and beyond. Player Development Products, LLC, the parent company of SNAG®, will offer several $7,000 grants to provide equipment and cover operational costs. NRPA will direct the grant process by selecting the appropriate agencies to pilot the program. The selected agencies will begin the program at a date to be determined this summer.
NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane remarked, “NRPA believes this partnership with SNAG® is a fantastic opportunity to help enrich and expand park and recreation agency programs, while emphasizing our commitment to support health and wellness across the U.S.”
“We are proud to become partners with NRPA and hope to reach the shared goals of impacting over a million families with G-Ball,” said Terry Anton, the SNAGDADDY and co-creator of SNAG®. “We appreciate the encouragement and support we have received from the World Golf Foundation in bringing golf to our municipal parks and recreation facilities. We believe that many of these new
golfers will want to play the game for a lifetime.”
Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, continued, “The G-Ball program promises to bring golf into parity with other organized sports by having entry-level programming at the grass-roots level. We hope that the low cost of participation will bring families to the game that would not otherwise have an opportunity to participate.”
ABOUT SNAG & NRPA:
SNAG® is an easy and fun way to learn and play golf at non-traditional venues. SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG® allows for full shots, pitching, chipping and putting. It is a proven learning and training program for the entry-level golfer.
Currently, SNAG® is the skills-acquisition program used in our national schools golf program headed by the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee Program. There are more than 5,000 schools that are successfully introducing children to golf in the U.S. and over 8,000 worldwide. For more information: professionals visit www.snagpros.com; individuals visit www.snaggolf.com .
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrec-magazine.org.
G-Ball was designed to be SNAG®’s first touch program for children 5 to 8 years old. Programming is divided between 5 & 6 year olds and 7 & 8 year olds. The younger children have activity focused programming and then progress to more instruction focused programming as 7 & 8 year olds. Both groups will enjoy a noncompetitive play environment.
G-Ball can be conducted on any open space, soccer fields or golf course fairways just to name a few. There is both an instructional component and an organized play component. All of the programming is designed to develop the necessary golf motor skills and an understanding of the game of golf. Most important at this age is to have fun and fall in love with the game of golf!
The most important part of the G-Ball program is safety. The children will be taught the best way to practice and play safely. Our safety mascot “Safe Tee” will make it easy for the children to make safety a natural part of their golfing experience. Everyone will need to reinforce all of the safety rules that the children are being taught to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Our goal with G-Ball is to help develop ladies and gentlemen that everyone will want to play golf with. The children will be guided by “Ettie &Kitt,” learning proper behavior and manners in a golf environment. This will enhance their golf experience for a lifetime.
The administrators and parent coaches will be committed to making the first touch G-Ball golf experience fun and exciting for both the children and their parents. All of the adults working with the children will be well trained in delivering the best programming for golf motor skill development and integration into the culture of golf. Thousands of hours have been spent with the best golf and physical education professionals in developing this experience for the children. Our goal is for the children and their parents to have fun and to develop a love for golf that will lead to a lifetime of enjoyment.
G-Ball will be administered by one or more individuals. These individuals are thoroughly trained in all aspects of the G-Ball programming. They will select and train the volunteer parent coaches who will work with the children throughout the term of the program.The administrator will assign both parent coaches and children to teams of 12. The parent coaches will conduct weekday practices and weekend play.
Coaches are trained to maintain a safe and fun environment. Safety is the highest priority for this program. They will introduce the children to the rules of conduct, course manners, golf motor development and how to play golf. The children will participate in one organized practice during the week and then participate in noncompetitive play on the weekend. Parents will be required to participate in a nonobtrusive role to insure that the children have fun. After all, this program is all about the children.
In G-Ball, the children participate in highly organized practice sessions conducted in stations where they learn the various strokes and swings with developmentally appropriate SNAG® equipment. The goal of the sessions are to develop the children’s golf motor skills and understand the various aspects of golf in preparing to play to the best of their ability.
G-Ball is where they can put all of the learning from the practice sessions into fun and exciting league play. Imagine how many of these children will want to play golf for a lifetime. SNAG® On!
Lots of Golf Pros want to know how they can be invlolved...here's the scoop:
We are just starting our NRPA pilot program. The pace of the pilot program will be determined as we go along over this next year. During the pilot program the Park & Rec agency will determine the head coach at each park/facility. This head coach position can be filled by a parent or a Pro but it is a non-paying volunteer position. Later on Pros may have the opportunity to administer the program each park/facility but this won't take place until the pilot program has finished.
I am a new to the golf industry and I had never attended a PGA Show before so I learned a lot. I'm sure I feel like many others when I say that I was totally exhausted by the end, but it was such a positive experience and well worth it! One thing that struck me at the Show was the fact that SNAG was truly unique. I walked around the HUGE exhibit hall and SNAG is unlike any other product there, BY FAR! I actually expected to see some similar equipment but nope, nada, we are it! Very exciting stuff! The bright colors of the booth and the equipment drew people in, as did the fun and inviting environment created by the Pros and SNAG Team...A wonderful group of individuals I can tell ya.
In speaking with hundreds of Pros in the booth I learned there are Pros worldwide that are working to get SNAG into Resorts, Parks, Schools, Summer Camps, Junior Programs, and on and on. One HUGE area of growth is that Pros are really responding to growing the game (and club membership) by getting SNAG into their area Schools to change their community. I heard many Pros speak of revamping or starting new Jr. Programs with SNAG.
We had both international and U.S. media very interested in doing interviews and articles. SNAG Lindsey hopping around catching SNAG Balls on the Sticky Suit on Demo Day brought out tons of cameras. I love the thought that we will be featured in Iceland, Mexico, Japan, China, S. Korea, Canada, the U.S. and many points in between.
We had some shining "All Stars" offer to be at our booth during the Show to share thier success in using SNAG. One of our favorite lady's and self-proclaimed "SNAG Apple" Kate Tempesta conducted our Level One SNAG Certification a couple of days prior to the Show and had GREAT feedback. I will post the graduates and their thoughts later in the week. Kate was a champ in the booth, educating pros and giving ideas on how she runs her very successful Urban Golf Academy in New York. She showed off her skills in working with kids when a few little Snagsters stopped by the booth to practice their game. Love her! We have some very cute pics on our Facebook page... Vikki Vanderpool (2009 PGA Junior Golf Leader) joined us in the booth to provide tips to other Pros and she brought along a few of her friends that were interested in SNAG.
Rick Grayson is not only a dedicated an awesome Pro doing great things to grow Junior Golf but we like to think of him as part of our SNAG family. Although he was only asked to come to the booth for a couple of hours, he actually gave demos for hours each day! Maybe he can be called "SNAG Rock Star"! Rick had this to say about the Show, "The tide is turning and SNAG is the leader. Everywhere I go people have a case of SNAG fever! I wish and hope every PGA Professional learns about SNAG and at least tries it. My phone rings every day with questions about SNAG and I am happy to answer them. Thanks for letting me hang out with you at the booth... I hoped I helped in getting the word out. I will soon have some exciting news that will help with SNAG."
A big thanks goes out to Charlie and Nikki Lanzetta for talking to Pros about setting up summer camps in their areas. They are doing great things in Boston using SNAG in summer camps. We were pumped to have George DeVita as one of our All Stars. We recently did a blog on how George has grown his club membership by 81 people this past year through community outreach (see http://www.snaggolf.com/blog/102794/5799/).
Pros, keeping asking questions! If you didn't get a chance to talk to these All Stars, then don't hesitate to contact them to learn more about their successes using SNAG.
Another excellent SNAG happening was when the PGA Sports Academy used SNAG in 3 of their stations to demo on the main PGA stage. Did you know that Pros that use SNAG have the skills needed to easily pass the Level One skill levels in the PGA Sports Academy program?? We have some great photos of SNAG being used on stage on our Facebook page.
One of my favorite things about last week was the opportunity I had to get to know the people on the SNAG Team so much better. We have some really amazing people working with us (on and off the payroll)! Our team is very small and after this week it feels like a family, my SNAG family. Special thanks go out to the entire SNAG Team, especially: SNAG Coach Chris Bateman for his professional knowledge, winning attitude, and fabulous hugs; SNAGCANUCK David Shein our resident Canadian, who is the epitome of “work hard and play hard”, a great person this guy, eh?; and SNAG Lindsey who spent 8 hours in a Sticky Suit being hammered with SNAG Balls during Demo Day, all with a beautiful smile…Love you guys.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR "ALL STARS" & CUSTOMERS! You made the Show a huge success!