They came back stronger this year, and in May, the golf team became the first Atlanta public school to win a state championship in Georgia. Not only did the boys win, but the team also created history in a different way – the students, including coaching staff, became the first all-black golf team to do so.
The First Tee of Atlanta and The First Tee of East Lake have announced they will combine to become The First Tee of Metro Atlanta, effective July 1. The newly consolidated organization now expects to serve roughly 145,000 participants through its various programs, including the after-school DRIVE (Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone) and the National Schools Program.
The Drew Charter School Boys varsity Golf Team recently walked away with the Georgia Class A Championship. They are the first Atlanta Public school to do so. We learn more about the historic victory from Jeff Dunovant, coach of the Drew Golf Team, and two recent Drew graduates Solomon Dobbs and Christopher McCrary.
A fourth-place finish at the state championships last year didn’t sit well with the boys’ golf team at Charles R. Drew Charter School. Fueled by last season’s shortcomings, the boys bounced back in impressive fashion this year, cruising to a Class A state title on May 21, becoming the first Atlanta Public Schools team to bring home a golf championship.This was a major accomplishment for Drew Charter School, rewriting the history books as the only all African-American team to win a golf title, but the feat was also the latest accolade for The First Tee of East Lake — a year-round golf instruction and mentoring program, managed through the East Lake Foundation.
The TOUR Championship, which supports the East Lake Foundation and nonprofit Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, is also doubling down on its emphasis of high-end hospitality. The 500-member 1904 Club opened inside the East Lake Clubhouse for the 2018 tournament. For 2019, they doubled the number of chefs, to 12. The $4,500 week-long membership passes are nearly sold out for 2019.
We are always looking to expand the community outreach and impact of the tournament into the Greater Atlanta area. This is evidenced by the fact that the TOUR Championship expanded that focus in 2018 and added the Grove Park Foundation and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta as local organizations, in addition to the East Lake Foundation, that benefit from the tournament.
As a member at East Lake Golf Club, Cink is one of the leaders in the community when it comes to supporting the East Lake Foundation. The foundation provides resources for families of The Villages of East Lake and students of Drew Charter School to build a better life through college education, mixed-income housing, and community wellness.