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Park Board has discussion over tee

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Forest Park Golf Pro Mark Rogers, right, explains the First Tee golf program to Park Board members at their meeting last night at City Hall. Left, Caroline McCullough, John Tilley, Ruthann Jeffries, Brad Deal and Rogers.

Forest Park Golf Pro Mark Rogers discussed getting a First Tee Chapter in Brazil at the Park Board meeting last night.

First Tee is an organization developed by the World Golf Foundation in alliance with other golf associations to bring golf to many groups of children and adults who might otherwise not have access to the sport.

Rogers said he would like to establish the First Tee facility at Craig Park. "It's designed to introduce kids to the game of golf," he said. "It would not be a full scale course and would take two, three years to complete. It'd be a great place for kids and adults to practice golf."

When asked by the Board how it would be funded, Rogers said he envisioned the community getting involved like they did with the wooden playground. He estimated that a third of the cost would come from grants, another third from fund-raisers, and the final third would probably come from donations and volunteer labor.

Board Treasurer John Tilley said they had a difficult time maintaining the parks now and could not afford any new projects. He said the Clay Youth League uses the park property but they maintain the facilities 100 percent. The Board does not pay anything to maintain and improve the ball facilities.

Rogers said he anticipated the First Tee could be done the same way with no expense to the Park Board if the community supported it.

Board President Ruthann Jeffries said, "My main concern for Craig Park land is that we could benefit underprivileged children."

Rogers agreed to find a First Tee course as close as possible so the Board can visit and observe the project.

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