The First Tee and Carolinas Leadership Academy step up for families in need post-Florence

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Darren deMaille, Golf Columnist

The recent hurricane as well as the flooding that has been accompanied by it, have hit Brunswick County hard.  It is times like this where we get to see how great the people we have in this country respond, and step up to help others who have been affected.  Cinghiale Creek, which is a facility for The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas and their board and staff members, has done just that.

In addition to being a practice facility and golf course at Cinghiale Creek, the property is host to the Carolina Leadership Academy, which serves as a campus to teach youngsters leadership skills.  CLA houses dorm rooms, classrooms and full food service.  After the storm, the CLA building was first host to Brunswick Electric, who is one of their partners providing a place to stay for workers while they were busy helping to get back power to area.  The CLA building was able to provide 60 adults a place to rest, recharge and refuel.  The Red Cross has since then been using the complex to house 30 families who have been affected, in addition to parking many of the mobile units such as pet, laundry and restroom trailers.

The doors are open at Cinghiale Creek due in part of the efforts to Terry Boldt and his sons Jack and Luke, who are both participants of The First Tee Ace Program.  Mr. Boldt brought out his own tractor (probably bought from the legendary Turner Revel), which was instrumental in clearing the entrance to allow access to the facility.  In addition many trees and bushes were also moved to clear the land on the golf course.

Terry Mauney, who is the director of programs said, “its an honor and pleasure to give some peace to those who have been directly affected in any way that we can.  It’s a good warm feeling and it really helps you sleep well at night knowing you are helping others who need it”.   Mauney wants everyone to know that programs are running and open, not only at Cinghiale Creek, but at other facilities that they use like the PGA Superstore.  One such program that will run is the Champions Challenge. This event provides an opportunity for participants to apply The First Tee Nine Core Values, The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits and the golf skills that they have learned.  Check The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas website for more information and be sure to bring a friend and neighbor to any of the programs.

Golf plays many roles in people’s lives, and therapy from everyday stresses is one of them.  People helping people are what it is all about.  In times of need, we truly get to see the true character of people behind the scene.  The First Tee has always been doing an amazing job of helping our youth learn life skills and values while weaving them with golf.  This is just another example of how their core values go above and beyond without asking for anything in return.

You can help The First Tee in many ways as they are looking for volunteers and donations.  The easiest and most effective way to help would be to purchase tickets to their Bandon Dunes Raffle.  The Grand Prize includes the following:

  • Round of golf for two people at Bandon Dunes, Old MacDonald and Bandon Preserve
  • Three nights at the Lily Pond – 2 queen beds, sitting area, fireplace, bathroom and private deck
  • $1500 cash for travel expenses

Tickets are $100.00 and tickets are limited.  You can purchase them through The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas website.

Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, comments, complaints, or questions that I assist with.  It is my goal to bring you information pertinent to what is happening in the game of golf, as well as instruction, local happenings and insight into local personalities who make this game so great.  Darren deMaille is the direction of instruction of Best Golf Lessons Myrtle Beach.  There have been many people who have influenced Darren’s philosophy however his basic principles are based around the way Jack Nicklaus swings the club and plays the game.  He can be reached at 203.895.1133 or email at