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.

ECISD Expands The First Tee Program

The ECISD is continuing to expand The First Tee National School Program (NSP) in Odessa, Texas. Today we’re announcing that in January of 2019 ECISD will add 11 more schools to the program.

On Friday December 7, 2018; Michael Neiman-ECISD P.E. and Health Coordinator provided First Tee West Texas Executive Director, Bill Kirby with the names of the eleven elementary schools in this expansion phase. They are:

Austin – Buice – Burleson – Burnet – Dowling – Goliad – Johnson – Pease – Reagan – Ross – San Jacinto

With this expansion ECISD will now have a total of 15 elementary schools and approximately 7,500 kids participating in the The First Tee programming.

MISD Adding 7 More Schools To The First Tee Program

MISD and First Tee West Texas will continue the planned expansion of The First Tee’s – National School Program beginning in the spring of 2019. On Tuesday November 28, 2018; Audra Hooker, Director of PE, Health, and Wellness provided First Tee West Texas Executive Director, Bill Kirby with the names of the seven elementary schools in this expansion phase. They are:

Bonham – Faskin – Henderson – Houston – Lamar – Long – Rusk

With this phase of expansion MISD will now have a total of 20 elementary schools and approximately 11,500 kids participating in the The First Tee programming.


MISD Expands The First Tee Program

First Tee West Texas announced in May 2018 that MISD would be expanding The First Tee National School Program (NSP) throughout all elementary schools. Today we’re pleased to inform that MISD has selected nine more elementary schools to begin this fall.

  • Bowie Fine Arts Institute
  • Carver Center
  • Fannin
  • Jones
  • Milam
  • Parker
  • Pease
  • Santa Rita
  • Yarbrough

With this expansion The First Tee NSP will now reach approximately 8,600 elementary students ages 6 through 12. In addition to our first four schools (Burnet, Franks, Greathouse, Washington STEM) started in October of 2017; this expansion will now bring our total up to 13 elementary schools in Midland.

We’re very excited to be a Partner in Education with MISD and want to thank our generous First Tee West Texas supporters along with MISD Superintendent-Orlando Riddick, and Audra Hooker-MISD Dir. Of P.E., Health, and Wellness.

Breaking News: MISD NSP Expansion

May 2, 2018

First Tee West Texas have been given approval by MISD to expand The First Tee National School Program (NSP) into all 23 remaining elementaries in Midland, Texas. This expansion will kick-off in the fall of 2018.

Just prior to starting the fall 2018 school year The First Tee will send two of their national trainers to Midland in early August and conduct hands-on training for all PE Teachers/Coaches.

With this expansion; the First Tee National School Program in Midland will reach approximately 16,000* students in grades K-6 each year.

Parents – please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions.

*elementary membership provided by MISD eff. 2-21-2018

MRT Spotlights Burnet Elementary

In the May 1, 2018 edition of the Midland Reporter-Telegram the spotlight was again shining on The First Tee locally and more specifically Burnet Elementary School. The article below spotlights the school’s active participation in the National School Program (NSP) including a few of the young participants at Burnet. Hats off to MISD and Burnet Elementary!

Burnet crop - MRT article 180501

MISD Officially Launches The First Tee National School Program

April 17, 2018 – Greathouse Elementary School, Midland, Texas

MISD along with partner, First Tee West Texas; held their official launch event announcing the arrival of the First Tee National School Program in Midland. Audra Hooker – MISD Director of P.E., Health, and Wellness made the initial selection of four schools to begin the programming. These four schools are Burnet, Franks, Greathouse, and Washington STEM Academy.  Each school began their NSP program in October of 2017.

Attending the event were MISD officials: Orlando Riddick-Superintendent and Audra Hooker along with 32 kids (8 from each school), PE instructors, and many parents. Additionally, the event was honored to have two special guests in attendance – Ms. Pepper Peete, Development Associate-Outreach from The First Tee national headquarters in St. Augustine, FL., and Midlands own Judy Rankin, World Golf Hall of Fame member and Golf Channel Lead Analyst for the LPGA Tour.

During the event the kids from the four elementaries demonstrated to attendees how their daily program lessons are preformed.

MISD is planning to add many more schools in the fall of 2018. ECISD is also planning this fall to launch the National School Program in their elementary schools.

For more information about the National School Program (NSP) and how your child can participate call:

Bill Kirby – Exe. Director (see contacts above)

Midland College – Kids College kicks off summer DRIVE program!

Drive kids

Midland College and it’s summertime Kids College will offer The First Tee – DRIVE program beginning in June of 2018.  Kids College – Golf instructor Kristi Seybert is a seasoned veteran teaching golf to youngsters at the summer college camp the past 5 years. However, this year will be different and Kristi is excited to be offering the The First Tee – DRIVE program for the first time. One big difference Kristi recognized is the Nine-Core Values she’ll be teaching alongside her golf instruction. Kristi says she’s expecting about 72 kids participating in DRIVE this summer.