Evan Johnsen of First Tee of Greater Seattle, First Tee Executive Director Heidi Wills, and Emcee Pat Cashman.
First Tee held the Walmart Gary Adrian Memorial Golf Tournament to honor beloved teacher July 9
Pat Cashman was the celebrity emcee
First Tee, an organization whose focus is to "establish a lifelong interest in golf by engaging children in a structured golf curriculum taught during physical education classes, while positively impacting their lives and helping to ensure the vitality of the game," staged their Walmart Gary Adrian Memorial Golf Tournament July 9 to honor their "late coach, teacher, and friend."
The tournament, whose celebrity emcee was local humorist and TV personality Pat Cashman, saw dozens of golfers competing. There was a $100 per player entry fee to help support the organization.
Gary Adrian, the namesake of the event was, according to First Tee, "a man who dedicated his life to others. For 32 years Gary taught and coached in the Bellevue, Mercer Island, and Lake Washington School Districts and left an indelible mark on all of his students and athletes. He was an extremely positive man and his lasting message to all who knew him would be to care about all people and live every day to its fullest."
First Tee Formed in 2001 from a collaborative effort involving the Broadmoor Golf Club Foundation, The First Tee, the board of Municipal Golf of Seattle and the City of Seattle. They became the 106th chapter of The First Tee on December 20, 2002.
Programming for 224 kids began in 2003 at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle and in 2004 the organization expanded to Jackson Park Golf Course serving 505 children. In 2005, another expansion led to Crossroads Par 3 Golf Course in Bellevue where they served a total of 676 kids. They now serve more than 1,000 annually at 4 golf facilities, including Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent. First Tee also serves more than 25,000 students through Life Skills programs offered in public school physical education classes through The First Tee's National Schools Program.
To learn more or to donate to the organization visit their website here.