PAT ZUK, AARON IMMELL, JOE DATTILO

Leading men

FIRST TEE – THE LOWCOUNTRY

By Barry Kaufman | Photo by Rob Kaufman

As the local chapter of a national group who are teaching students valuable life skills through the game of golf, First Tee – The Lowcountry is changing lives in the Lowcountry. In schools or at their gorgeous Gumtree Road facility, First Tee instructors pair top-notch golf education with a focus on life skills and values. Leading the charge are the Leading Men of First Tee – The Lowcountry.

As Program Director, Aaron Immell gets to see this happen first-hand, guiding students through new programs like the youth tournament series and the upcoming Lowcountry Linksters class for kids aged 3-6. “It’s very rewarding to not only grow the game of golf in this community for kids,” said Immell. “They get really great experiences at school, but it’s nice to give them something outside the classroom to grow their game and build character.”

None of this happens without the invaluable support First Tee – The Lowcountry has received from the community. Board member Joe Dattilo has proven to be a force of nature in building that support, working with the community to help build First Tee together. “To me, seeing a kid who wouldn’t have an opportunity were it not for the facility on Hilton Head and our relationships with local clubs, that’s where I get the most satisfaction.”

Leading the charge is Executive Director Pat Zuk, life member of the PGA and celebrated instructor in his own right. To him, each piece of the picture is important.

“When everyone is rowing in the same direction, kids benefit,” he said. “When donors, volunteers, coaches and parents all align to help kids, we build gamechangers. We build those kids who are going to make a difference in the world.”

151 GUMTREE RD, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC // 843-686-2680 // FIRSTTEELOWCOUNTRY.ORG