Coralee Jorgensen, the executive director of the First Tee of South Dakota, has been named the Junior Golf Leader of the Year by the Dakota Chapter of the Minnesota PGA Section.
Jorgensen, a native of Irene, has been the executive director of the First Tee of South Dakota since 2013. Prior to that, she was the head golf professional at Westward Ho Country Club (now The Country Club of Sioux Falls) for 12 years. Recognized numerous times by Golf Digest as the Best Teacher in the State, Jorgensen was inducted into the South Dakota Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
“This is a tremendous honor for Coralee because it is voted on by her peers and it is a true reflection of how well respected she is in our region,” said Wade Merry, the executive director of the South Dakota Golf Association. “The First Tee of South Dakota has grown considerably the past four years, which is a testament to Coralee’s hard work and, more importantly, her dedication to serving all the young people across our great state. The First Tee of South Dakota continues to grow and we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.”
The First Tee of South Dakota is a statewide initiative of the SDGA Junior Golf Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of young people by providing educational programs and learning environments that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The First Tee of South Dakota has summer programming in six South Dakota communities and offers programming in 42 elementary schools through the National School Program. In 2016, more than 19,000 young people were involved in The First Tee of South Dakota activities.
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