Moore comes from Roane County. He has attended The Greenbrier Classic but has never played on the course.
On Tuesday morning, he seemed excited to play on the same turf that he has watched professional golfers trod for the last few years. He added that playing alongside a real PGA professional would be "pretty awesome."
Fredrick and Moore both said that they wanted to play college golf and might even pursue careers as professional golfers.
But the players noted that The First Tee has taught them more than just how to play the game.
"It taught me the honesty and basic integrity of the game," Fredrick said.
Moore agreed. As a golfer, one learns to be honest about a score and to treat opponents as fellow sportsmen, Moore said.
Judy concurred, and pointed out that golf has no referee. Thus, golfers have to be honest about the score and learn to trust fellow players.
The teenagers also noted that golf encourages independence.
Fredrick said that when she plays golf, she relies on only herself. She has come to love the feeling of self-sufficiency she gets when she plays golf.
Moore agreed. "It's just you out there," he said.
Judy echoed a similar thought. "You're your own person," he said.
"Not everything's going to be handed to you in life," Moore said. But Moore said the perseverance he has learned from First Tee would help him overcome any problems he encounters.
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