This young and growing chapter of the First Tee is in the local community of Secession Golf Club. In their second year, they grew their satellite locations from two to seven courses in the area and finished construction of a 13-acre junior golf facility, as well as many more notable achievements. The support of The Devlin Foundation has an immediate impact on the lives of junior golfers in the Lowcountry South Carolina area.
Life Skills Experience Classes are unique golf camps that focus on The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits and are taught by highly trained Lead Coaches. They are currently offered each season at five locations in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. The National School Program (NSP) is an introductory program that teaches their programs and curriculum in gym classes at schools. The chapter trains, supplies and supports the Physical Education Teachers as they introduce golf and its inherent values to kids as a subject during the school year. Participating schools in the NSP in Beaufort County reach more than 7,900 Students. Additionally, they reach over 2,100 students in Jasper County. The Devlin Foundation donations have made it possible for over 20,000 kids to attend since 2016.
At The Devlin 2019, we were fortunate to have two young men join us for a tour of Secession. Afterward, Jeremiah and Nate joined two player teams to shadow caddies and learn the game from their perspective.
Since 2003, the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant has been a financial assistance program providing opportunities to the underserved community of young men and women who have developed the skills and talents to pursue their dreams of earning a college golf scholarship through competitive junior golf.
ACE Grant statistics
- 1,990 ACE Grants awarded
- 7, 157 playing opportunities funded
- More than $3,938,000 reimbursed to qualifying families
- More than $14.8 Million in college scholarships received by ACE Grant recipients
- ACE Grant statistics tied to player rankings.
The ACE Grant mission is supported by data which shows that it is not top ranked players who are benefitting from the ACE Grant but by juniors who are ranked lower in national golf rankings. The overwhelming number of juniors receiving ACE Grants would most likely not be playing in front of college coaches if they didn’t have access to ACE Grant funding and AJGA tournaments.
Thank-you notes received from ACE Grant recipients follow:
The LeVeen-Roach Scholarship Fund was founded in memory of two members of Secession Golf Club; Jeffery Earle LeVeen and Stephen Louis Roach, who lost their lives in the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The scholarship was created to remember their love for golf and commitment to Secession by funding the higher education ambitions of students who display academic potential, share a connection to the game of golf and to the Beaufort, SC, area, and demonstrate financial need.
The Devlin Foundation is very proud of the contributions we have made and look forward to the future. Several employees of Secession from Management to Caddies and their children have benefited from the scholarship fund to enhance and further their educations. Area residents can also apply annually to receive funding to attend college.
The First Tee of Piney Woods is located in Longview, TX, at Alpine Golf Center, a 9-hole Par 3 facility. They have several affiliates in the area where youngsters can not only learn to play golf but learn invaluable life skills. When Director of Instruction, Roy Pace, a golfer and longtime friend of Bruce, reached out in need of funding for a new air conditioning unit for their main office, The Devlin Foundation reacted.
We were able to provide funding for the air conditioning unit and one of our board members, secured a Launch Monitor/ Flight Scope for the group. This will unlock game potential, from how you make the clubhead get to the ball to what happens to the ball as it makes its way downrange. They have also been able to expand The National School Program (NSP) to local schools.
In October 2019, Bruce played on a team in the Texas Golf Legends Pro-Am, where he along with Roy Pace, Executive Director of the program and others played the golf at Pinecrest Country Club and offered a free clinic to the public during the day. A dinner, reception and interview panel concluded the annual fundraiser for The First Tee of Piney Woods.