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First Tee of the Lowcountry kicks off fundraising initiative

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Hilton Head Island is one of the only stops on the PGA Tour without a First Tee program, a program that teaches children the game of golf.

However, in just a few months, that will change.

On Tuesday night, the official launch and fundraising kickoff for the First Tee of the Lowcountry will be held.

The program has to raise about $1.5 million to build a facility, and that includes some operational cost for the first year.

A lot of people came out on Tuesday afternoon in support of this program, including two professional golfers: Charlie Beljian and James Han.

The First Tee of the Lowcountry facility will be located on 13 acres of land across from the Boys and Girls Club on Gum Tree Road. The facility will be just for youth, teaching them the game of golf and other important life lessons.

The facility will include a 6-hole par-3 course, two driving ranges and a pro shop.

"Golf is in the Lowcountry's DNA or in Hilton Head's DNA," said Mike Davis from the First Tee of the Lowcountry. "We have a lot of facilities here that should be assessable to all kids and we want to make sure that all children get a chance to participate. We think it's a valuable program. We think it's going to teach a lot of life lessons and life skills, and we're all excited."

The facility will be named after Joseph B. Fraser, Jr., who is credited with bringing the RBC Heritage PGA Tournament to the island. Fraser passed away last month after working hard to make this happen.

The program will use a temporary facility until the new one is built. The program is hoping to start construction in the next couple of months.

They're eying the end of next fall for the grand opening.

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