The First Tee of Phoenix Names Kevin Terry as New Executive Director

The First Tee of Phoenix recently announced the hiring of Kevin Terry as Executive Director. Terry will oversee all planning and day-to-day operations including programming featuring The First Tee’s nine core values and other golf learning activities. The position was previously held by Hugh Smith beginning in 2006.

Terry enjoyed a wealth of success in the sports industry before coming to The First Tee of Phoenix. He began his career in sales for the Phoenix Suns before becoming the general manager of Arrowhead Country Club in Glendale, Arizona. In 2000, Terry served as the Vice President of Sales and Service for the Golden State Warriors where his efforts were recognized by the NBA as a best practice. Additionally, Terry served as a Vice President for the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics in 2005 and New Orleans Hornets from 2006-2008.

Terry also has experience in both Minor league and Major League baseball having served as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005 and as President of BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem NC from 2008-2011.

Most recently, Terry functioned as the Chief Revenue Officer for the United States Bowling Congress, the national governing body for the sport of bowling. During his tenure, Terry was responsible for the sales and marketing of the USBC’s two national tournaments, The Open Championships and Women’s Championships. Together, the two are the largest amateur sporting events in the world with over 75,000 participants.

Terry is originally from Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in business and marketing.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to positively impact our nation’s youth,” Terry said. “The First Tee of Phoenix goes far beyond teaching golf. Life skills like honesty, goal setting and interpersonal communication are essential to a child’s learning and I’m happy to be a part of that.”

Wrapping up the 2024 WM Phoenix Open with tournament chair Matt Mooney.