Golf Channel Films First Tee Program at SHU

News Story: August 1, 2012

A film crew from the Golf Channel was at Sacred Heart University July 26 to film a workshop that is part of First Tee of Metropolitan New York’s Path to College program. The program for students in grades 7-12 aims to go beyond teaching students golf skills and about the relationships that can be built on the golf course. It also includes workshops on interview practice, resume building, financial aid & planning and college essay writing.

Members of Sacred Heart’s staff regularly present the workshops to the Path to College students who participate at the D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. The Golf Channel was on campus to film Kenneth Higgins, director of Undergraduate Admissions, leading the workshop on college essay writing. “With the golf course right next door to the college, it was a natural partnership,” said Jamie Romeo, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions at SHU. “The golf program builds the students’ confidence and their skills at meeting people, while the workshops help them prepare to apply to college and for jobs.”

First Tee has five locations in the tri-state area. “Our goal isn’t to produce world-class golfers, but to produce world-class kids,” said Katie Brenny, manager of Special Projects and Outcomes for First Tee of Metro NY. “This program gives them a head start on the skills they need to get into college.”

Brenny said that First Tee is extremely appreciative of the efforts of SHU and its staff. “The people at Sacred Heart have knocked themselves out to do these seminars. We are so thankful for this relationship. We simply couldn’t do it without you. From the space considerations to the talent you bring to the seminars, we appreciate everything you do.”