A graduate of Walter Payton College Preparatory High School with a 4.8 GPA, she will be attending Howard University to pursue a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Black Politics in addition to advancing her golf skills as a member of Howard University’s Golf team. 

Raquel’s amazing skills as a junior golfer have been well documented! She not only was a standout member of Walter Payton’s girl’s golf team, but she competed and was victorious in numerous local tournaments. 

“As a Black female golfer, my space in the golf world is important and representative of what is possible with perseverance and determination,” stated Simpson. She went on to say,”…..I believe that in order to be successful in the game of golf, you have to be willing to be humble, patient, and accept help from others.”


A graduate of Kenwood Academy, Mathis will be attending Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a major in Finance. 

We celebrate Mathis for being one of the outstanding caddies at Jackson Park Golf Course.  He never picked up a golf club or thought about playing the game but when the opportunity arose to be a caddy at Jackson Park, he jumped at the chance.

“Being a young Black male who grew up watching and playing physical sports, I always thought that golf was a sport for rich men and that I would never play the sport. A door opened up for me to become a caddie.”  

“At first I questioned the opportunity because at the time I had never played or even seen a whole round of golf. However, as time went by and as I learned the game of golf, I’ve realized that golfing has many life lessons, including being patient. I would definitely tell someone who looks like me and wants to play golf or become a caddie to be open minded about it and to never count yourself out.”

Chicago first tee participants travel south



Congratulations to The First Tee of Greater Chicago participants!

New Orleans (NOLA) had a wave of competitors from the Chicago-area participate in the annual tournament hosted by The First Tee of New Orleans!

For the majority of Chicago participants, it was their first time competing and visiting this fascinating city filled with a rich history, centuries-old architecture, and scrumptious cuisine.

NOLA was a balmy 81 degrees on Monday, 12/16/19, but by competition day, 12/21/19, the temperature had dropped over 20 degrees!!! Weather was more comparable to Chicago in the fall!

Hopeful The First Tee of Greater Chicago will have the opportunity to participate next year and beyond!

time to act...

Golf Courses

Golf is probably the only sport that epitomizes the symbiotic relationship with nature. It creates “nature sanctuaries!”

Obama Center

What’s been overlooked in the conversation surrounding the Presidential Center’s proposed location in Jackson Park is that the park is in terrible shape.

Obama Center

“Studies are showing that golf courses can actually support a greater diversity and greater number of bird species…” Golf + Nature = Symbioses

Tiger Woods' Park Project...

Teen Scholars on Windy City Live, 5/13/19

Proud of Tim Arrington (red) and Abdel Raoul (blue) receiving scholarships! With their proud Moms!!!

ChiParksGolfAlliance (@ChiGolfAlliance) tweeted at 9:21 AM on Thu, Feb 21, 2019:

In a new, wide-ranging interview w/@MensJournal, @TigerWoods commented upon his evolving approach to the game, giving back through the @TGRFound, and his motivations to “make a positive impact in the community” @ChicagoParks Jackson Park & South Shore.

Tell us why you decided to get involved in the Jackson Park project? ( An affordable, municipal golf course on Chicago’s south side.)

“My TGR Design company is very excited to be involved in this project. This course can be a lot more than just golf. It can make a positive impact in the community too. We’re designing a course that will challenge better players, but will also be fun for beginners and high handicap golfers too. It’s a public course, and to me, that’s important. That’s where I learned to play the game.” -Tiger Woods

"Time to do something really significant" -Tiger Woods

How Tiger Woods’s newest design venture could change the game

JPAC leads tour to show course

Left to Right: Gary Ossewaarde, Edward Kibblewhite, Louise McCurry, State Senator Robert Peters, Craig Bowen, Brian Hogan, Cassandra Curry, Tracy Raoul, Philip Raoul 

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“I hope this course will be more than just golf and also make a positive impact in the community.” -Tiger Woods

Tiger designing muni courses

“It was huge for us to be able to play on a public golf course.”


CPGA Vision for Public Golf

Revitalizing Chicago’s South Side


ABC7 Coverage of Event

Chicago Crusader Article of Event

JPGA Honors Tiger with memento from 1993

Letter to Tiger from JPGA (pdf)