First Tee Scholar Shay Graham, a freshman from Sylacauga, AL, did the honors at the ribbon-cutting for the College’s PGA putting green with assistance from (L-R) Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby, Georgetown mayor Everett "Mutt" Varney, Mike Lusk of Pikeville, President Crouch, Ron Watkins of Knoxville, Kent Boswell of Newburgh, IN, and Gordon Guthrie of Georgetown. Dr. Guthrie and the out-of-towners are part of GC’s 18-member First Tee Scholars Advisory Board.

Georgetown College already has a unique partnership with the Professional Golfers Association – thanks in large part to our strong ties with The First Tee organization. So, it would make sense that GC would be the “pilot” school for a putting green that hopefully would put a putter in every student’s hands.

“The PGA wants to grow the sport by exposing young people to golf, so I went to them with the idea of a putting green on campus,” said President Bill Crouch at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “They want us to be the model for colleges and universities around the country and to put this into our intramural program.”

The 400-square-foot, six-hole green has already seen some good use as students wound down during finals week.

More than 100 – members of the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce, faculty and staff, and students who were still around – came out for the May 13 event. The synthetic surface is situated close to Pawling Hall and behind Davis-Reid Alumni Gym and the George H.W. Bush Center for Fitness.

Balls and putters may be checked out from the fitness center, which is named for the former President (Bush-41) and Honorary Chairman of The First Tee. He agreed to having his name on the building because of our commitment to a First Tee Scholars program – the first at the college level.

Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation gave the College a $25,000 challenge grant toward our PGA/First Tee Scholars Putting Green. The foundation shares a lot of the same goals and values of The First Tee, which teaches leadership and lifetime skills to middle and high school students.

So, President Crouch, a TFT board member and passionate golfer, easily found five fellow board members to match that amount – plus kick in a bit more for the final $60,000 figure.