The First Tee of Phoenix

May 1, 2011

So I now had what I call my first job ever.  I played golf for a living but never once did it feel like a job.  I never saw myself standing on a lesson tee and working for The First Tee of Phoenix is so much more than that.  The First Tee’s 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”  We help kids become better people and we use golf to do so in a way that is really fun!  I work about 30 hours a week (although I am now on a medical “sabbatical”-details on that in the next blog) which gives me time to do other things.  There are so many positives about my job.  The people I work with are fun, energetic, and creative.  I get to be outside.  I get to give back to the game I love and has given me so much.  We get paid to go bowling, ice skating, swimming, and tons of other cool things. But the  best part and the most rewarding by far is seeing the how the kids grow both as golfers and people.

When I played on the LPGA tour, I basically ran my own business.  I made my own schedule.  I was the boss.  Now I have like 5 bosses all of whom are younger than me.  I am in charge of no one and have limited responsibility.  I  get to do fun stuff but I also have to do things like sort through golf balls, clean bathrooms, and wash windows.   I am still waiting to be promoted into a more challenging position.  At times, I get frustrated I am not doing more or making more money.  I still look around for other opportunities that might come my way.  But I really do like what I do and am committed to doing it to the best of my ability.

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