New Golf Course at SOZO


YAKIMA, Wa - There is absolutely no slow at SoZo, it's all go and set to tee off the next exciting phase at Yakima's all-sports facility.

First shot by the First Tee Yakima's Kayden Casteel, it's a little rough out there right now, but the north end of the SoZo complex is soon to be First Tee's new home.

"We've been at SunTides, it's a great place but we're kind of busting at the seams and so SOZO has these five acres that are actually on an old flood plain and they're not allowed to level that to make playing fields, it makes a perfect golf facility," First Tee Yakima Executive Director Christina McCarthy said.

The First Tee Yakima held their annual breakfast with the pros fundraiser at SoZo on Wednesday morning.

Yakima Sun Kings Coach and GM and former college level golfer Paul Woolpert was the featured speaker, along with West Valley middle School 6th grader Kaylee Casteel.

Casteel did a great job speaking in front of a large group, very entertaining and very excited about swinging her clubs at the new First Tee site.

"I like it because they get to learn about life skills like sportsmanship and confidence and you can actually show our teachers what we've learned," Casteel said.

Unlike at Sun Tides, the three hole set up at Sozo will be accessible by public transportation for kids throughout the area.

"Even though we provide scholarships for about 40 percent of our kids, if they don't have a way to get out to Sun Tides they can't participate," McCarthy said. "So this should just open up, (I think) there's like 8,000 children on the east side that could potentially have the opportunity to be able to come out here and try golf and see if they like it."

Upon final approval, the course will be finished, and hopefully ready for young first tee golfers next spring.

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