Tyree Davis, a native of Gary, Indiana, and a graduate of Indiana University, serves as our marketing and development director. Tyree first picked up the game of golf when he was a freshman in high school, and shortly after that, he became a member of The First Tee of Hammond, his local chapter of the First Tee. After trying out for the high school golf team and earning a spot, he was hooked. Tyree understands first-hand both as a student and as a coach that The First Tee program is much more than playing golf. As he states, “We know that golf is only one of many activities our kids enjoy. Finding out those other activities and talking about them fills my heart. As the Director of Marketing and Development, I am looking forward to spotlighting how unique the kids in this program are.”
Tyree spent a few years as a lead golf instructor for the First Tee of Pasadena in California, where he became one of their most revered coaches in the program. He’s currently a Level II coach to become a nationally recognized coach by the end of the year. His favorite core value to live by is sportsmanship. Being very competitive, Coach Tyree knows that being respectful towards everyone in the competition, whether you succeed or fail, is a character builder. By showing this during and after the competition, you become better, gain friends, and even gain a rivalry. Coach Tyree brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the program and expects his students to participate and remain active. They know this when he drops some of his common expressions: “You won’t know if you don’t try.” and “Closed mouths don’t get fed.”
In addition to serving as Program Director, Brandon is also the co-site director for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Initiative at Lost Marsh Golf Course. He was one of the first participants of The First Tee of Hammond in 1999. He served as a volunteer coach and later became a staff member, and now a Recognized The First Tee Coach and Program Director. Brandon utilizes his own experiences as a collegiate golfer to assist The First Tee of Hammond’s participants with college applications, developing golf resumes and recruiting videos, as well as clearing house applications. Brandon works to help participants achieve their goals of attending college and playing collegiate golf.