Meet The First Tee of Contra Costa Junior Council!

The Junior Council is made up by junior participants from our different golf course locations. The First Tee of Contra Costa’s Junior Council is a service group with the intent to promote, grow and enhance the chapter. Some duties of The Leadership Council include:

  • Promote opportunities available through the chapter and home office to other juniors within and outside of The First Tee.
  • Provide input on existing events and how to improve or enhance the chapter
  • Host two events per year with the help of the Program Director and chapter staff. Examples: First Tee Talent Show; Coach Appreciation Day; Special Teen Coached Workshops; Kids vs. Coach Challenge.

Who are the members of The Junior Council?

Niquole Marquez

My name is Niquole Marquez, and I am the President of The First Tee of Contra Costa Junior Council. I have been a part of The First Tee for about three years at Diablo Creek Golf Course. The First Tee has made an impact on my life in more than one way. The First Tee has taught me a lot about my golf game, but also about life skills. Through the coaches and main message of The First Tee I have gathered life advice in many ways. I enjoy helping out at tournaments, classes, and other events by The First Tee. Golf holds a lot of meaning to me, and I love the sport because of the opportunities it has given me, and the relationships I’ve built through it.

Julia Lloren

My name is Julia Lloren, and I am a The First Tee of Contra Costa participant at Diablo Creek Golf Course. I am a member of NCGA, Youth on Course, Alhambra Girls Golf Team, and Vice President of The First Tee of Contra Costa Junior Council. I have been around golf courses my entire life thanks to my brother, but had not been fully engaged in it until about a year and a half ago. After being fully engaged in the game of golf, I wanted to participate in more activities throughout my chapter. The game of golf has provided me with opportunities in my everyday life, and has taught me how to combine Core Values inside and outside of school. The First Tee has also given me opportunities to go to golf academies, meet people from different chapters, and has given me golf skills that have improved my game tremendously. The First Tee of Contra Costa Junior Council is filled with fun, hardworking, creative members, and I am glad to be a part of this wonderful organization and group of people.

Skye Mingming

My name is Skye Mingming.  I have been a part of The First Tee of Contra Costa for 10 years.  I serve as the Junior Council Secretary.  I am in the Ace class and have taken classes at Boundary Oak & Diablo Creek Golf Courses.  Additionally, I assist with classes, tournaments and ceremonies.

The First Tee has provided me with great opportunities.  In September 2017, I was honored to team up with Skip Kendall at the Pure Insurance Championship Pro/Am at Pebble Beach.  In addition, I have been able to travel to South Carolina, Minnesota, and Monterey for various golf academies.

The First Tee of Contra Costa has taught me important core values to make me the best person I can be – both on and off the golf course.
 Ellexis Mingming
I am Ellexis Mingming.  I have participated in The First Tee of Contra Costa programs since Spring 2012.  I take classes at Boundary Oak GC and Diablo Creek GC.  I have been a participant of the chapter’s Summer Squad since 2016.  I am also a member of the Foothill Middle School Golf team since 6th grade.
The First Tee of Contra Costa has helped me gain confidence, value respect for others and be more responsible as well as meet new friends.  I am excited to give back to the program and the community by becoming a member of the Junior Council.
Edward Anaya  I have been a member at the First Tee of Contra Costa since Fall of 2007 and now am in the Ace level at Diablo Creek. Currently I attend Campolindo High and will be graduating June 2018.
Misa Church
My name is Misa Church and I have been a part of The First of Contra Costa for about seven years; however, I have been playing golf for about eleven years. Lone Tree Golf Course is my home course so if you ever want to find me, I’ll probably be there practicing. Something that I love about golf is that you don’t play in some sort of box or court like most sports. Because of The First Tee I have been taught great life skills at a young age, imprinting my mind with the good and not the bad. I have learned not to be afraid to ask for help from other players or coaches. With The First Tee I have been given many opportunities in bettering my game.
Jackielou Caniete

Hi my name is Jackielou Caniete and I have been with The First Tee for 10 years now. Throughout the program I have achieved many accomplishments and had the best experiences. I’ve been to camps where I meet other people from other chapters, and I also had the opportunity to be a standard bearer for the LPGA Swinging Skirts tournament. The best experience that I have gotten through The First Tee program was having a chance to play in The First Tee Open with Tommy Armour III at Pebble Beach Golf Course. It was the best experience in my whole life time and I got to make long time friends with people in different states. The First Tee has helped me improve my golf game throughout the whole 10 years I have been involved. It is a fun way to learn the basics of golf, and I am grateful to be apart of The First Tee of Contra Costa.

 Brian Whitney  My name is Brian Whitney, and I have been in the First Tee of Contra Costa for about six years. My home course is Boundary Oak because I took lessons there for 5 years and often go there to practice. However, I currently take lessons at Diablo Creek, so I am familiar with both courses. The First Tee has helped me in many different ways. It introduced me into the game of golf,  taught me more in-depth about the 9 Core Values, taught me about goal setting, and making good decisions in the game of golf. The First Tee is a very good program, and it matches my personality very well. I am very grateful to get to be a part of the First Tee of Contra Costa’s Junior Council.
Tanner Lamenti-Pywell I am Tanner Lamenti-Pywell, I am part of the Junior Leadership Council, I am a video gamer, as well as a computer builder, digital artist, and of course, golfer. I have been in the First Tee program since I was 5 and I have stayed in there ever since. I enjoy golf as I enjoy having new experiences, and I also love the laid back nature of the game, as I prefer a more toned down experience. Golf has never been inconvenient, as there is always a place to play or putt a couple balls around here. I have to say, I never thought I would appreciate a sport as much as I do golf; I’m always ready to grab my golf bag and head out, rain or shine, cold or hot. If I’m scheduled to be somewhere golf-related, I’ll be there. As I will be there for anybody in need of assistance.
Angelica Antonio My name is Angelica Antonio, I started playing golf when I was 11 years old and joined The First Tee of Contra Costa. I love to play Nintendo Switch, and one of my goals is to earn a scholarship for college and become a Veterinarian or Zoologist.
Caitlin Todd My name is Caitlin. I am in the 8th grade at Dallas Ranch Middle School. I have been in the First Tee for 4 years, and other than golfing, I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends, backpacking, and helping out in my community. I am a 4.0 student, a member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation, and a Girl Scout.