Meet Our program director, TAYLOR SIDZYIK!

Coach Taylor Sidzyik currently serves as our Program Director, or as we like to call our “Head” Coach.  Taylor has been involved with The First Tee since 2018, but experience teaching the game goes back even further. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Taylor played on the golf team from 2011-2015, and ranks third all-time with 105 career rounds played. Taylor graduated from UNO in 2015 with a degree in multi-disciplinary studies, and now serves as Assistant Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams at UNO. He is passionate about delivering educational programming to junior golfers and considers it a privilege to work with all of the participating youth

Support to the program director, SETH PORTER

Coach Seth Porter serves as the Administrative Director for The First Tee of Omaha, but works closely with Taylor Sidzyik to provide programming for students of The First Tee of Omaha. Seth is also the Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, serving the Mavericks as early as 2011. Coach Porter is Seth was a four-year letter winner at Nebraska from 1999-2003 and played in the 1999 NCAA National Championship at Hazeltine Country Club. He competed professionally on The Gateway and Canadian Tours, and was the Nebraska Amateur Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

Program Progression

Upon registering in The First Tee Program, students begin working toward successfully completing The First Tee Golf and Life Skills Curriculum. The First Tee Curriculum is nationally acclaimed and based on a progressive model that takes participants through 5 certification levels: PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE, EAGLE, and ACE. The length of time needed to advance from one level to the next will vary from student to student. It is not a race, but a journey, ensuring that each student receives the necessary tools to have a fun and rewarding life on and off the golf course. Participants are required to attend courses and successfully complete all of the golf and life skill requirements within each level. Before graduating to the next level of the program, they must also meet minimum age requirements.

Program Levels

Target: (Ages 5 & 6) – An exciting introduction to The First Tee Experience. Young people will be introduced to golf in a safe environment that promotes curiosity about the game while integrating essential links between golf and life skills seamlessly.

PLAYer: (required minimum age 7) – Introduces playing the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and The First Tee Code of Conduct, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game and developing a game plan for golf and life.

Par: (required minimum age 9) – Focuses on interpersonal communications and self-management skills.

Birdie: (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasizes goal setting.

Eagle: (recommended minimum age 13) – Emphasizes resilience skills, conflict resolution and planning for the future.

Ace: (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Once a young person has progressed through all program levels, he/she can become Ace-certified, focusing on setting goals for golf, career education and giving back to the community.