Annual golf tournament promotes character development

Annual golf tournament promotes character development

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Over 100 people participated in the 7th annual First Tee of the Pine Belt golf tournament at Canebrake Country Club on Monday.

The fundraiser helps support The First Tee, a youth development program, which serves over 50 kids in the Pine Belt.

The First Tee Executive Director Sandra Thompson said, "Golf is a great tool to teach the nine core values because golf is a game of balance and it has no referee."

The program uses education to promotes character development through the game of golf.

"All the children and everybody in life has to be honest with themselves, they have to have integrity by themselves and they have to show great sportsmanship and when they are not accomplishing things they just have to keep trying and persevere," Thompson said.

Prizes and trophies were given out to the top three finishers in the men's and women's divisions, and a Pandora bracelet was given away in a raffle.