We’re Off And Running…


First Tee West Texas is a newly incorporated Midland, Texas based non-profit. Our mission and purpose is to provide The First Tee National School Program and DRIVE program to local and area youth. And, we’re already making a difference.



Beginning in October of 2017 and in partnership with the Midland Independent School District (MISD) we delivered The First Tee National School Program (NSP) to four elementary schools. Those schools are Burnet, Franks, Greathouse, and Washington STEM. We’ll also be adding many more MISD elementary schools in the fall of 2018. Also in the fall of 2018 we’ll be starting the NSP with Ector County Independent School District (ECISD).

We’re working closely and with guidance from The First Tee national headquarters in St. Augustine, Florida to develop a First Tee Chapter. Just like in Dallas, Austin, Ft. worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The process for becoming a The First Tee chapter is not easy and we currently are NOT a licensed chapter of The First Tee. But we will get there over the coming months. However, before we can apply for and be considered for Chapter status there is much work to be done.

Our first steps along the road to becoming Chapter are underway. By establishing the National School Program and DRIVE programs we are now focused along a path which will lead to our next steps.

We expect to submit our formal Chapter application and present our business plan to The First Tee sometime in early 2019. We’re working diligently with The First Tee to become a fully recognized and licensed Chapter of The First Tee in 2019.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


Author: Bill Kirby

I'm a founding member and Exe. Director for First Tee West Texas. I reside in Midland, Texas and employed in commercial banking/energy lending. I realized a need in West Texas for expanding opportunity and accessibility to area youth to discover, learn, and participate in the lifelong sport of golf. In March 2017 I began a partnership with The First Tee of St. Augustine, FL. to bring their programming to West Texas.

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