Golf scholarship group tapped for TV special

CONYERS - Local organization Teens on the Green, which helps students from all over the United States earn academic and golf scholarships to college, hopes more Atlantans will know about them later this summer.

Atlanta-based Peachtree TV will record a special program Monday at Cherokee Run Golf Course in Conyers.

The program will include a feature on the Conyers-based organization, which was started 10 years ago by founder and CEO Renny Roker, who aims to increase students' grades and lower their golf scores.

"It is a program highlighting persons and organizations that do positive things to and for individuals or organizations," Roker said about the special being filmed.

He said he was honored that his organization was chosen to be featured on the program so it may be able to help more students.

"We don't try to sell youngsters on becoming the next Tiger Woods," Roker said. "We tell them the importance of becoming the next solid citizen, whether it be a teacher or a doctor or whatever they choose. They can utilize golf as a tool to propel them into the community."

In addition to helping students from all over the nation find academic and golf scholarships, the organization often sponsors trips for them to golf competitions in Russia, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, China and Canada, among others.

"They come back even more aware," he said. "They're playing in golf competitions and meeting new people."

On Monday, the organization will record a TV promo for the show and also tape an interview with Roker and Pete McDaniels, a Conyers resident who is an author and writer for "Golf Digest" magazine and an executive producer of a show on the Golf Channel.

During the interview, Roker plans to discuss his organization and also hopes to talk about a plan for its academy, which is expected to open in September at Cherokee Run as a college preparatory high school that will double as a place that gives golf lessons for all ages.

The program also will feature students from Peachtree Academy's junior high golf team.

The show will be hosted by J.J. Johnson, who hosts Atlanta Braves games on Peachtree TV.

The promo is expected to air on Peachtree TV within days after the recording, with the program airing at an undetermined time later this summer, Roker said.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.