Parent Spotlight – Philip Walker, First Tee – Greater San Antonio Parent

Our parents’ support of our programming is why our participants succeed on and off the course.

We are happy to provide opportunities for families like the Walkers throughout our 8 program locations. Read more about the Walker’s experience with First Tee – Greater San Antonio and how it has impacted their lives below!

“We moved to San Antonio from Hampton, Georgia in October 2017 after I took a contract position with the Air Force Civil Engineering Center down at Lackland Air Force Base. Since we were not members of a golf club, all of Armond’s practices needed to be at public facilities. We found the driving range at the RIIM, but one day it was closed, so we found the driving range at Polo Field.

     After several weeks of coming to Polo Field to practice, Jimmy Lee, father of the Lee sisters, told me about the First Tee program. Admittedly, I only signed Armond up so that he could get $1 range balls. It was simply a business decision. However, once Armond started participating in the Saturday morning classes and then playing rounds along the Alamo City Golf Trail, the rest, as they say, is history.

First Tee – Greater San Antonio has made it possible for my son to interact with coaches and PGA professionals like Coach Vinnie. Also, Armond has had the opportunity to play at world class venues such as TPC San Antonio through his participation in the Game Changers Shootout. This is significant for me because Armond’s mother and I do not come from wealthy families. We are working-class civilians who strive to give both of our sons the very best life that we can give them. So, whereas we do not have a membership to a golf course like TPC San Antonio, the First Tee has made it possible for Armond to still get the experience of playing at venues like TPC. Not only that, but Armond had the opportunity to volunteer at the 2022 Valero Texas Open. It was an experience that he will never forget.

I enjoy the fact that Armond has so many people in his corner that want to see him succeed. From Coach Carrie, Coach Mercedes, Coach Steve, and Coach Vinnie to the parents of the other players, I feel as though Armond has built a network of connections that will be in his corner for years to come.” – Philip Walker