Mike Barber named President and CEO of First Tee of the Triad

Posted by Andy Durham on October 6, 2011 at 11:40 am under Amateur | 2 Comments to Read


GREENSBORO, N.C. – – Former Greensboro City Councilman and Guilford County
Commissioner Mike Barber has been named the President and Chief Executive
Officer of The First Tee of the Triad, it was announced today. Barber will
begin his new job immediately.

“Having someone of Mike Barber’s caliber running The First Tee of the Triad
is a tremendous coup for our organization,” First Tee of the Triad board
president Jeff Howard said. “Mike’s background in the legal profession and
his long-term involvement with the Wyndham Championship make him extremely
qualified to run our organization. He knows the Piedmont Triad region, has
accomplished a great deal in multiple leadership roles, and I am certain he
will accelerate the growth of our chapter, which is great news for children
throughout the Piedmont Triad.”

Barber practiced law in the Triad for nearly two decades while serving on
the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the Greensboro City Council.
He has chaired and served on numerous Boards and Commissions at the local
and statewide levels. He and his family recently returned from a year-long
sabbatical in Spain.

As a longtime volunteer for the Wyndham Championship PGA TOUR event, Barber
was recently named the General Chairman of the 2012 Wyndham; he will chair
the tournament committee, a group of volunteer tournament leaders that work
in conjunction with tournament staff to present the Piedmont Triad’s PGA
TOUR event. The 73rd annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 13-20,
2012. In addition to his Wyndham Championship experience, Barber was
Chairman of the 1999 Nike Greensboro Open and served on the American Junior
Golf Association Executive Committee.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to grow this
organization whose mission is to teach kids much needed life skills using as
a framework the great game of golf,” Barber said. “It is a privilege to be
tasked with improving the lives of the children of our Piedmont Triad
community. I appreciate the confidence the First Tee of the Triad Board of
Directors has placed in me.”

About The First Tee:

The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its
mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning
facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and
life-enhancing values through the game of golf.” The goal of The First Tee
is to provide the golf-learning facilities and the experience that will
enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values
for life and which can be played for a lifetime. The First Tee of the Triad
operates at Tanglewood Park and Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem
and Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro. The First Tee of the Triad is one
of 204 chapters operating at some 692 facilities in all 50 states and five
foreign countries with more than 3 million participants. More than 3,300
schools also participate in the program. Founded by the World Golf
Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that
otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The
program is overseen and has the active support of committee members
representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf
Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf
Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman.


    Great chioce. Mike is a fine man and will do fine job with this program. Continue to do good work for the kids on guilford county. We need every resource we can get. if you every need any help, i am in. GO LEWIS CENTER.

  • Joe W said,

    First Tee is a crock of $*%t!! Are you kidding me? Teaching values via golf? This is nothing more than a large tax write-off for the adults wanting to play golf all the time. LOL.