volunteer spotlight | October 2017 | Dusty Dodd

Dusty Dodd – Special Event Volunteer

Dusty serves as a special event volunteer, assisting with events at parks, shows, churches, and other venues to help promote The First Tee of Greater Tyler. Dusty is a parent of one of The First Tee of Greater Tyler’s Par level participants, Sheridan Dodd. Individuals like Dusty help make our chapter stand out! Thank you Dusty!


volunteer spotlight | August 2017 | Dennis Howard

Dennis Howard – The First Tee Assistant Coach

Dennis started coaching with The First Tee in the spring of 2016. Dennis is a current member at The Cascades Country Club and spends much of his coaching time with the Thursday and Saturday PLAYer classes. Dennis is planning to pursue becoming a Level I Coach in 2018.

We are thankful for your service to The First Tee!


volunteer spotlight | June 2017 | Kerby Kipp

Kerby Kipp – The First Tee Summer College Coach

Kerbey has been serving with The First Tee of Greater Tyler since 2015.  Kerbey is one of our summer college coaches and dedicates her time to serving with our summer camp program. she is a 2017 graduate of Tarleton State, majoring in Business Administration.  She played on the Women’s Golf Team for four years and also caddies her sister, Kelsey, on the professional circuit.

Kerbey is a great asset to our program and we are grateful for her service!

volunteer spotlight | MAY 2017 | Ryan Haltom

Ryan Haltom – The First Tee Level I Coach

 Ryan started serving with The First Tee in the fall of 2016. Ryan is currently a Level I coach and leads the Little Chipper’s and PLAYer classes on Saturday mornings at Oakhurst Golf Club. Ryan is the Director of Operations at Pine Cove Christian Camps.

We are grateful for Coach Ryan’s service!

volunteer spotlight | Apr 2017 | Craige lebreton

Craige LeBreton – Teacher/Coach at Hogg Middle School, The First Tee Assistant Coach

Coach LeBreton started serving with The First Tee of Greater Tyler in February of 2017. He is an assistant coach with the Saturday PLAYer classes at Oakhurst. Craige has been instrumental in helping provide scholarships and transportation to Hogg Middle School students wanting to participate in The First Tee Life Skills Program. Craige also serves as the head soccer coach for Hogg Middle School, leading them to an undefeated record.

We are proud to have Craige serving with our chapter!


Lana Slover – Retired P.E. Teacher, The First Tee Level I Coach

Coach Lana Slover joined The First Tee as a coach in 2016 after retiring from over 35 years of experience as a Physical Education Teacher. Coach Slover was first introduced to The First Tee in 2012 when The National School Program came to her campus at Bonner Elementary. During that time, over 500 students were introduced to the game of golf and were provided an opportunity to receive transportation to a golf course location. “I really enjoy working with the kids and being able to provide something to them that they may never have ever gotten the opportunity to do if it were not for The First Tee”. Coach Slover recently attended Level I Coach Training in Austin, Texas and will be serving as a “Lead Coach” for the Target Registered Classes at The Boys and Girls Club of East Texas.

Thank you Lana for your service to The First Tee of Greater Tyler!



Mark and his wife Angela joined The First Tee of Greater Tyler in the spring of 2015, where they first hosted a PLAYer class at their own golf course in Rusk. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the kids and seeing their happiness when they accomplish their goals”. Mark is a Level I trained coach and leads a PLAYer class once a week in the spring and fall. “All of the core values have great a great impact, but I think the most impactful is RESPECT. So many people today don’t respect others and it leads to a society that doesn’t care about each other. By teaching our students, at a young age, the values of respect, I feel it will lead to people getting along better. It will stay with these kids the rest of their lives whether it’s in finding a job or raising a family”.

Thank you Mark for your service to The First Tee of Greater Tyler!