Executive Staff

Kevin Lyles
Executive Director
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Kevin’s roots are close to home.  He grew up in Irmo and began playing golf at the age of 11.  The next year as a 7th grader, he made the Irmo JV golf team and has been playing the game ever since.  Kevin soon earned a spot on the Irmo Varsity golf team and went on to earn a full scholarship to play golf at Fayetteville State University.  After graduating with honors from FSU, Kevin soon turned professional and played on the developmental tour circuit for 8 years.  He racked up 7 professional wins during his time on the circuit, and now enjoys sharing the lessons he has learned with young aspiring golfers.  He is thrilled to be a part of the First Tee family and is working diligently to grow First Tee Columbia. “Please feel free to reach out to me anytime, as I am here to work with you and your child to make this experience the best yet!”

Grayson Gross
Program Director


Robert Parker
MAP Director, Fort Jackson

Coach Mike Coles
Certified Level I Coach

Coach Mike has been with the program for the past five years. He is The First Tee of Columbia’s head volunteer and in 2016 earned his Level I Coaching certification. He is always available with a big smile and high five for the kids. The First Tee of Columbia is lucky to have him part of the coaching staff and family.