It all started with a First Tee of Phoenix “These Girls Rock” Flyer that the AWGA mailed to all the AWGA Reps. Sue Whitehead, AWGA Rep for the Fountain of the Sun Country Club 18-Hole Ladies League received that flyer.
She noticed that at the top of the flyer was a request to donate time, money or equipment to “These Girls Rock,” which is a program for girls 5 – 17.
Sue went to her Ladies League monthly meeting and made an appeal for used equipment. Sue said, “As we are a retirement community with many snowbirds, we asked that they go through their garages and attics and consider donating their used golf equipment to the First Tee’s summer clinics.”
The ladies put a box in their club room, and the donations just started pouring in! Pretty soon, they had to start shuttling the donations to an office room. A few members asked that Sue go by their homes and pick up equipment, and they donated golf bags with full sets of irons. The Pro Shop even donated clubs and bags from their storage room as well. The people of Fountain of the Sun were more than happy to donate clubs to promote golfing to younger folks.
In total, the Fountain of the Sun Country Club donated 138 irons, 95 woods, 4 putters, 24 golf bags, 1,350 golf balls and 4 pairs of shoes in support of “These Girls Rock”, and the First Tee of Phoenix.
The ladies are planning to revive donations in the fall, as many members didn’t have time to go through things before they headed north for the summer. In response to the donation, First Tee Executive Director, Hugh Smith said, “We are very appreciative of the support of the AWGA and their groups, like Fountain of the Sun 18-hole Ladies League. I encourage others to do the same because it really makes an impact on what we do and on the young people in the programs we offer.”
To Sue Whitehead, the Fountain of the Sun 18-hole Ladies League, and all the people of Fountain of the Sun – thank you for taking the time and effort to give young ladies of limited economic opportunity the chance to participate in the wonderful game of golf.