The Kids of the First Tee of Monterey County

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For Sports Illustrated's U.S. Open preview, Alan Shipnuck wrote about the First Tee of Monterey County, which serves the kids of Salinas, like Jose Calderon, above.
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At the First Tee, golf is optional, but most kids are eventually drawn to the game.
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Kids are bused from school to The First Tee, but Jose knows that he can't play golf until he has finished his homework.
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Jose was so enthusiastic about golf that he got Josefina, Alberto and his two younger brothers hooked on the game.
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Jose (center) has developed into one of the better players at the The First Tee in Salinas. He gets help with his game from full-time paid instructors on staff.
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