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By Mike Gildea,
TFTBC Board Member
The First Tee of Brunswick County is blessed with more than 200 volunteer coaches—men and women—who give hundreds of hours of their time to teaching golf, The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Life Skills and character education to more than 7,000 Brunswick County Youth. While these amateur golfers contribute mightily to the success of The First Tee, it’s The First Tee professionals who put our program a cut above all others. This week we feature Terry Mauney (pronounced Mooney), TFTBC’s program director and academy director of the Carolina’s Leadership and Life Skills Academy.
At TFTBC, if there were a lead professional, it would be Mauney. A North Carolina native, Mauney came to TFTBC last fall after a couple of years as program director of the Fort Worth and later the New Orleans The First Tee programs. It’s Mauney’s professional golf résumé that’s the real jaw dropper.
Mauney began his playing career at UNC Charlotte where he played No. 1 on the men’s golf team. He became a professional in 1973 and later achieved his Class A PGA designation in 1980. But 1979 was the year that the dream came true for Mauney. That year he earned PGA Tour Players Card by winning the 1979 PGA Tour Qualifying School tournament in Pinehurst. Then it was on to the big stages where he achieved golf’s trifecta, playing on all three tours—the Nationwide, PGA and Senior circuits.
While a PGA pro he won five state opens and 12 Carolinas PGA tournaments. On the Champions circuit, where he played against the best of the former PGA touring pros, he collected three top five and seven top 10 finishes in his rookie season and finished 28th on the season-ending money list with $1.1 million in prize money.
In 2001, Mauney led Champions Tour and was number one on Champions Tour in putting stats. And along the way Mauney was PGA golf director for three different golf clubs and was a TV sports anchor/reporter, photographer and producer at WBTV 3 Charlotte. As a teaching pro, he has given more than 6,000 golf lessons.
“Mauney’s down to earth, a terrific mentor for our coaches and an incredibly gifted golf instructor,” says Rusty Petrea, co-founder with wife Carol of TFTBC.
“He’s simply a perfect fit for us and the kids just love him,” Carol Petrea noted.
Besides multiple The First Tee teaching duties at the birdie and ace levels of the program, Mauney finds time to work with a number of the players from the defending conference championship West Brunswick golf team. Eight of the 10 current players are The First Tee participants, including Greg Hensley, considered Brunswick County’s finest high school male player.
“We’re very proud of all of our kids, particularly those that excel at the highest levels of inter-scholastic golf,” Mauney said. “We’re proud of both their golfing prowess and what kind of young men and women they’re evolving into, and that’s what The First Tee is really all about.”
So if you want your child to take up the game of golf, assimilate important life skills, and learn and live Nine Core Values like sportsmanship, honesty and responsibility under the tutelage of our lead pro Terry Mauney, come join us at The First Tee of Brunswick County by calling 754-5288.
Next week we’ll introduce you to Martin Sludds, a member of the TFTBC’s board of directors and resident teaching professional with the Nick Bradley Golf Academy at Ocean Ridge.
And register now for the TFTBC Future Generations’ Tournament, coastal Carolina’s largest golf tournament, June 2 at St. James Plantation. For more information, go to www.thefirstteebrunswickcounty.org or call 754-5288.