Teenage participants at four chapters of The First Tee, including Greater Dallas, Des Moines, The Triangle (North Carolina) and San Diego, will explore several aspects of a career in golf course management and science in 2015 through the Careers on Course program. The experience is offered as part of John Deere’s five-year $1 million commitment to to The First Tee, a non-profit youth organization which uses golf as a platform to teach life and leadership skills that provide character education programs for youth.

“At John Deere Golf, we recognize there’s more needed to ensure the golf industry is positioned for growth beyond great equipment. That’s why it’s an honor to work with The First Tee towards the collective success of the future industry,” said Dave Plaster, North American sales manager, John Deere Golf. “Careers on Course participants come away with a better understanding of the career opportunities in the golf industry, and we hope to educate and inspire them as they plan for the future.”

Careers on Course participants learn from industry professionals who work at PGA TOUR tournament golf courses. Students learn about the work required to present a well-manicured, environmentally-safe and playable course. In addition, participants receive an introduction to club operations, a curriculuum that was developed in conjunction with the PGA TOUR.

Two participants from each chapter involved will also have an opportunity to shadow a superintendent as he or she prepares their golf course for an official PGA TOUR event.