About Us

The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties was founded in 2005 as Jersey Shore Junior Golf.  We became a Chapter of The First Tee in March 2008. There are two main learning facilities - The First Tee learning facility at Colonial Terrace Golf Course and the First Tee/JR Smith Learning Center at Ocean County Park.  The Colonial Terrace learning facility includes 8 hitting stalls, a target green, a practice putting and chipping green and driving cages.  The First Tee/JR Smith Learning Center at Ocean County Park on the border of Brick/Lakewood is a 3 hole, junior size course that was completed in July 2014. 

The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties serves all children, ages 7-17, who live in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Part of our mission is to reach out to youngsters who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn the game of golf and its core values. There is a nominal fee for our programs that can be waived if it presents a barrier to participation. For more details about our facility and programs, please contact our offices at (732) 759-2170 or e-mail us at tkelly@thefirstteemonoc.org.


Board of Directors


DJ Totland, President

Dr. Webster Trammell, Vice President

Donald Pignataro, Treasurer

Tara B. Kelly, Secretary/Executive Director



Anthony Abeal

Michael Attara, PGA

William Boyle

Vincent D'Alessandro

Robert Donnelly

Robert G. Hodnett

Rich Mulvey

Bettina Munson, Esq.

Michael Nannini

Mary Schneider

Ben Waldron

George Wall

Jason Welch

Gregg Wolff

Home Office Highlights

Our History

The First Tee has grown into a vibrant youth development organization reaching young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and other programming locations.
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Our Impact

How does The First Tee programs help young people?
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A Parent's Guide to The First Tee

What parents need to know about The First Tee and its programs.
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