First Fore! The Kids Golf Tournament a great success |

First Fore! The Kids Golf Tournament a great success

VAIL — The inaugural Fore! The Kids Golf Tournament at the Short Course at Cordillera, sponsored by real estate firm Slifer Smith & Frampton, recently raised more than $2,000 for The First Tee Eagle County. The organization provides academic programming and golf skill instruction to more than 350 children throughout the valley.

First Tee has served more than 4.7 million children nationally since 1997. The First Tee of Eagle County is providing programs at nine different facilities and provides programs at 10 different levels.

The First Tee of Eagle County will be introducing their innovative Read ‘N’ Swing and Club Building programs to Eagle County schools. These programs have gathered statistical data that proves that children who are involved improve at higher, faster rates in reading, math and science than peers who are not in these programs. Additionally, school administrators report that children in these programs have an increase in attendance and discipline referrals have decreased substantially among First Tee participants. Studies also show that children with these attributes stay out of gangs, stay away from drugs and move on to college.

Support of The First Tee, Fore! The Kids Golf Tournament is part of Slifer Smith & Frampton’s commitment to the local community as evident through its Live Local campaign, which celebrates its roots as a true local company in the Vail Valley. The new program also promotes local partnerships and exudes the benefits of home ownership to local residents and visitors alike.

For more information on The First Tee Eagle County, please call Paula Purifoy at 720-865-3423 or email For information on Slifer Smith & Frampton, please call 970-845-2000 or visit

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