Meet Our Partners

The Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, were founded in 1937 when the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce expanded its role as a convention and tourism bureau. From caring for the underprivileged to helping those striving to make the United States Olympic teams, The Thunderbirds are doing all they can to make a difference for the residents of the Valley. Along the way they have raised more than $86 million for Arizona charities. Each member has demonstrated a sincere interest in sports and a dedication to community affairs, and have provided so much for so many, including the First Tee of Phoenix.
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Our Program Sponsors / Youth Service Partners

The First Tee of Phoenix values its extraordinary partnerships with local civic and charitable organizations, public and private entities and individuals.
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Access Affiliates

TPC of Scottsdale
Troon Golf Management Facilities
Vistal Golf Club
The Raven at South Mountain
Encanto Golf Course
Aguila Golf Course
Maryvale Golf Course
Palo Verde Golf Course

Home Office Highlights

Founding Partners

In 1997, the LGPA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA formed a partnership with the help of Founding Corporate Partner, Shell Oil Company, to lead an initiative called The First Tee.
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Legacy Partner

A fundamental strength of The First Tee is the direct support we receive from the golf industry and beyond. To show our gratitude, we’re spotlighting Corporate Partner stories and how they are helping us positively impact young people.
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Our allied organizations align with the mission of The First Tee and provide opportunities to collaborate on a variety of programs.
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