World Record! Griffin, First Tee students build golf ball pyramid

Published on Friday, 31 January 2014 22:43 - Written by From Staff Reports/Photos by Sarah A. Miller and TISD

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Students at Griffin Elementary School, with assistance from The First Tee of Greater Tyler, constructed the world’s largest golf ball pyramid on Friday.

They hope now it goes into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Using approximately 16,000 golf balls, students came to the gym during the first 15 minutes of their regularly scheduled class periods to help build the structure.

Students also participated in activities and lesson plans in science, mathematics, history and language arts to enhance the meaning of the event.

A majority of the golf balls have been donated by Hideaway. Cal Shipman, a retired resident of Hideaway, helped coordinate the efforts.

“I wanted to do something special and fun for the children of Tyler in bringing the Guinness Book of World Records and its meaning to an area school campus,” Shipman said.

Griffin and the Tyler Independent School District were a huge part in reaching over 9,000 students in 2013 through The First Tee National School Program. The Whitehouse Independent School District also participates in The First Tee National School Program.

“The relationship between character education and academic success is incredibly important, as high-quality character education leads to scholastic achievement,” said Michael Harrison, executive director of The First Tee of Greater Tyler. “The learning environment is optimal when children are involved in an activity-based setting and when the character education exists side-by-side with the academic program.”

He added, “The First Tee National School Program combines these principles in its curriculum that integrates golf skills and motor skill development with character education.”

For more information on The First Tee of Greater Tyler and The First Tee National School Program please contact Christian Sarran: or phone at 903-806-2809.