The Children’s Course/The First Tee, located in Gladstone, been named a top 10 finalist in Synthetic Turf International’s Better Play and Recreation Contest. The grand prize is new synthetic turf, which would be installed on the Gladstone course’s five-hole teaching and learning facility — a $50,000 value.

“We need your help to spread the word and vote,” course administrators said in a press release. “There will be a social media contest with online voting through June 20. Click on the link to vote once a day and like us on Facebook to share with your friends.”

The release further stated: “The five older synthetic greens and tees that make up our five-hole teaching and learning facility have exceeded their useful life and attempting to play on them is not a rewarding experience. This has a negative impact on our programming, hinders practice and limits the number of youth that we can serve when those parts of our facility are not in use.

“With new greens and tees, more classes can be held at The Children’s Course/The First Tee learning center. Without the use of these greens — as they remain in their current state — we are forced to practice and teach on certain holes on the 9-hole golf course, ultimately closing the course to the general public during certain hours of the day, limiting our availability as a community resource.”

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