MADISON (WKOW) -- For nine-year-old Patrick Alt of New Glarus, any day that he can hit a golf ball is a good one.
"It's fun to just get on the course and play golf," Alt said.
Especially when you get to do it with Steve Stricker.
"That was pretty fun because he's a pretty good golfer."
Patrick was one of dozens of kids who got to hit a tee shot in front of Stricker on Tuesday morning. This was part of the First Tee program at the American Family Insurance Championship.
"He said nice shot. It went pretty far. He's a pro golfer. He knows if it was a good swing or not."
"I was telling them to tee it high and let it fly, hit it hard and have fun with it for the most part. The kids were great," Stricker said.
It wasn't just boys. Several girls tee'd it up too, with Stricker. It was little nerve racking for 15-year old Samantha Soulier of Waunakee.
"A little bit yeah, wanting to do good in front of him," Soulier said.
But Samantha smoked her shot.
"When I hit my drive he asked me who taught me my grip. When a pro tells you your grip is nice it makes you want to work harder."
"You can tell these kids play and are determined to do it well, so that's what's neat about it. They take it seriously," Stricker said.
A great way to tee off all the tournament events for the week ahead at the American Family Insurance Championship.
"We're very excited about the week and the community has gotten behind us big time. We're so happy and looking forward to the start of the tournament," Stricker said.
Tournament play begins on Friday.