Clayton Site Hosts First-Ever 'First Tee' Event for Young Golfers
Thursday, September 6, 2012
On a hot Johnston County afternoon recently, young golfers from across the Triangle arrived at the Clayton Site for the first-ever "First Tee of the Triangle" event. Bayer CropScience partnered with The First Tee of the Triangle, a nonprofit organization, to help educate young golfers on the science behind keeping a golf course healthy and in superb playing condition.
The First Tee of the Triangle'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.
During a tour of the Clayton Site, event participants learned about insect behavior through demonstrations conducted by Dr. Tom Macom. Also, participants had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Dave Spak and Gary Ryan on the research and scientific inquiry that goes into making golf courses green and healthy.
In addition, participants learned basic turf principles, including how grass is mowed so low, how a golf course stays so green, and what determines the speed of golf greens. Cory Wade, a summer intern from N.C. State University, performed science experiments from our "Making Science Make Sense" program.
The event at Clayton was a unique and memorable experience for all involved, said Brandon Baker, Director of Programs for the First Tee of the Triangle. "It was the perfect mix of character development, education and golf instruction that sets this corporate partnership apart from the rest and truly does make a memorable impact on the young minds of our participants."
"We are pleased to help First Tee participants adopt the game of golf; and understand what it takes to provide consistent playing conditions," said Jose Milan, Environmental Science Green Business. "Our support to The First Tee program is one more way to demonstrates our commitment to the golf industry."
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