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First Tee Hosts Annual Breakfast Next Friday

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YAKIMA, Wa - The First Tee of Yakima's after school sessions begin on Monday, with the summer instruction starting in mid-June. There are 450 kids in the program with the goal this summer to add even more.

But, this non-profit organization relies on the generosity of the local community to continue teaching youngsters in the Yakima Valley about the great game of golf and the positive life skills that go with it.

First Tee was hoping to hold its annual Breakfast With the Pros fundraiser at the new SOZO Sports Complex. But, the new facility isn't ready yet, so the breakfast is being moved to the Modern Living Building at the Central Washington State Fairgrounds next Friday, April 28.

"We've got a great program, it is our 10th birthday so we've got some special stuff planned," First Tee Executive Director Christina McCarthy said. "Our speakers are two young men that got to go to Pebble Beach and play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open last summer. So, really looking forward to their presentation and it's going to be a great morning (and) we'll have you out the door and back to work by nine."

West Valley high school standouts Dylan Bissell and Max Turnquist, who have volunteered so much of their time helping First Tee of Yakima, will talk about their experience of playing at historic Pebble Beach.

"They're good young men, they're the kind of thing we aspire our kids to grow in to," McCarthy said. "They set goals, they're polite (and) they're totally selfless. (They) have competed against each other since they were five or six years old and they've remained best friends. They're high-end athletes and very competitive. They're decent human beings, the kind of sportsmanship we all strive for."

For more information please go to First Tee of Yakima's website at www.thefirstteeyakima.org or call 509-949-6349.

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