congratulations coach janet!! | apr 2017

We would like to congratulate our very own Level III coach, Janet Darnell, for successfully passing the PAT for her LPGA Apprentice certification on April 5th in Garland, Texas. Janet completed her 36 playing test and passed with a score of 85. Janet has served with The First Tee of Greater Tyler since the spring of 2015 and also serves as an Assistant Golf Professional at Oakhurst/ Peach Tree Golf Club in Bullard.

We are proud of you Janet!


Pot of Gold Stays in Tyler | Mar 2017

On Saturday, March 18, 2017 The First Tee of Greater Tyler competed against The First Tee of the Piney Woods in a “Ryder Cup” style tournament at Peach Tree Golf Club. This was the sixth annual tournament, which alternates between the Greater Tyler area and Longview. We are proud to share that The First Tee of Greater Tyler held on to the Pot of Gold trophy for a second year in a row.

This “Ryder Cup” style tournament pairs teams of two boys and two girls in five different age brackets for a nine-hole scramble match. This year just one point separated the two chapters. The First Tee of Greater Tyler ended the tournament with 5.5 points and The First Tee of the Piney Woods had 4.5 points.

Congratulations to all the participants who played in the Pot of Gold Tournament!


New Team Members | Mar 2017

Undoubtedly, many of you have likely met Gavin Rasco over the past few years. First, while serving as board member for The First Tee of Greater Tyler, then as our Board President and most recently as our Executive Director. Gavin has been diligently splitting his time between his full-time job at Mentoring Minds and serving as the ED for TFTGT. All while being a husband, a father and an avid golfer. After some anguished reflection, Gavin decided to step down as ED, but continue on as a board member for The First Tee. He remains passionate about the great work of The First Tee of Greater Tyler and will lead the effort to put on our annual Pro-Am Tournament set for October 9 at Hollytree Country Club.

So, this brings us to Fred Woodruff and Stacia Aylor, The First Tee of Greater Tyler’s two newest team members…

Fred Woodruff
Fred Woodruff

Fred has been appointed as the Executive Director for our chapter. He is from Michigan and still maintains a summer residence there. He retired as a real estate finance lawyer with over 30 years experience specializing in community development projects. After retiring in 1998, he served as the President and CEO of a Michigan based private foundation and managed its $1.5 million annual grant program for five years. Before retiring again in 2007, he served as President of a Michigan based nonprofit that focused on education leadership development and started the Michigan Parent Leadership Institute. He also worked with all the statewide education management associations and employee organizations in putting on the annual Governor’s Education Leadership Conference. Fred brings a passion for golf, serving the youth of our community and a long history of nonprofit experience to The First Tee of Greater Tyler.

We also have hired Stacia Aylor as our Administrative Assistant. She has a tremendous back ground. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, summa cum laude. She started her career with the Office of the Attorney General in June of 1997 and continued working with the agency in some capacity through

Stacia Aylor
Stacia Aylor

2009. Her last position was Supervisor and office Ombudsman organizing staff of 26 to handle customer service and caseloads and consistently meet, and many times surpass, the office’s goals. After leaving the Attorney General’s office she served as Financial Secretary for her church from November 2013 to May 2015. So, keeping Christian, Fred and the board of director organized and on task should be a breeze for her. We are certainly excited to have someone with her background and talents on staff.

Fred and Stacia know that they have big shoes to fill given Gavin’s passion for this organization and the programs that afford young people the opportunity to build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. With that said, we are excited for the new ideas and skills that Fred and Stacia bring to The First Tee. 2017 has the makings of another great year for us. We will continue to expand our after-school class offerings and community outreach efforts to reach more children in East Texas.