First Tee — New Hampshire Staff

Staff

Chris Sargent
Executive Director
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Chris Sargent has a passion and love for golf, and truly believes in the inherent values that the game offers.  He attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL where he received a BA Degree in Sport Management in 2005.  As a young professional, Chris spent 6 years hosting corporate and group outings for the Boston Celtics Front Office, where he was fortunate enough to experience a World Championship in 2008.  He was also an “In-Staff” golfer and would play in tournaments with Celtics players during Community Events.  Chris played golf at Triton HS in Newbury, MA, and was the Captain of his team for two years. He was the coach of the Winnacunnet High School golf team for the past several years.  Now the Executive Director for FTNH, he hopes to spread his passion to young people across the state, in order to contribute to the future of the game and our youth.

Kori comes to us with a wealth of experience. Most recently she worked for 7 years as the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Abenaqui Country Club in Rye Beach. Prior to coming back to NH she worked at several golf clubs in Florida, BallenIsles Country Club, PGA National Resort and Spa and TPC Sawgrass. She is a Class A PGA Professional. She has a BS in Marketing from Boston College where she also played golf on full athletic scholarship. She was runner up in the Massachusetts Open in 2005, Medalist in the Northeast Intercollegiate Championship while at Boston College in 2004 and Champion in the New Hampshire State Amateur in 2001 and 2005.

Kori Doring, PGA
Program Director
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Sagamore & Rockingham Coaches

Jim BlalockCertified Coach Trainer
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Jim was introduced to the game of golf at the age of 10, and had the opportunity to learn golf at its highest levels by following his sister, Jane Blalock, who was a top LPGA tour professional.   He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1972, received a BA in liberal arts from Rollins College in 1976, and an MBA from the Crummer School of Business in 1977.  Jim owned, operated, and managed The Old Ferry Landing restaurant in Portsmouth for 25 years.  In 2014, Jim earned his Ph. D in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in which his dissertation highlighted both First Tee philosophy, and Jim’s coaching experiences.  He is currently serving as Lead Coach and Certified Coach Trainer for First Tee of New Hampshire, and site Director for our LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program.

Beth FlintFirst Tee Coach
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Coach Beth Flint became interested in First Tee of New Hampshire after her and her husband moved from Cleveland, Ohio to downtown Portsmouth 5 years ago. She taught college Math and Statistics for twelve years, but wanted to become more involved with young adults after running a local golf program for middle school children in Ohio. Beth began playing golf when she was twelve years old, and decided to contact First Tee because it offers a fantastic program that helps teach our youth Core Values through the game of golf. She has three grown children, all of whom play golf. Her oldest son, Ian, graduated from the University of Michigan, daughter, Alison, graduated from Dartmouth College and youngest son, Austin, graduated from The Ohio State University. Beth and her husband, Eric, spend their free time snow skiing and hiking the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire and boating on Lake Erie.

Bob LeGrosFirst Tee Coach
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Bob moved to the Seacoast in 2009 from the Philadelphia area, where he had lived and worked as an attorney for over 30 years. He is a lifelong golfer, caddied at Inverness Club in his hometown Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State, which he attended as an Evans Scholar (the premier scholarship foundation in golf). Bob went on to graduate from Northwestern University School of Law. Lead Coach, Jim Blalock says “I met Bob when he volunteered to assist me in coaching a First Tee Class. Then Bob demonstrated a profound understanding of golf’s qualitative essence, the games Core Values and Life Skills”. Blalock goes on to say, “More so, Bob intuitively knew how to communicate these values to our young participants through clever playful activities. Since then, Coach Bob has continuously cultivated his knowledge and love of golf through First Tee coaching. The children who attend his classes, the coaches who assist Bob, and the game of golf itself, are all beneficiaries of his care and dedication.” Bob has three adult children and lives with his wife Barbara Franzoso in Portsmouth. “Having learned and fallen in love with golf as a child, I am thrilled to have the chance to pass along my feelings for the game and the values it embodies to a new generation through First Tee”, says Bob. Parents and participants alike appreciate Bob’s good nature and his love of the game. Thank you Coach Bob for your time and dedication to First Tee of NH over the past several years.

Tom Tennant
First Tee Level 1 Coach
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Laura Batchelder
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Laura has been a Physical Education teacher at Stratham Memorial School for 20 years where she was introduced to First Tee through a school program. She has since become a coach in the summer because she strongly believes that the 9 core values are important in all aspects of life. When Laura isn’t teaching she enjoys golfing, kayaking, and spending time with her granddaughter.

Board of Directors

John T. Garrity
Chair
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Jared Lemos
Vice Chair
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Matt Phillips
Treasurer
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Jim Whedon
Secretary
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Geoff Martin Scott Harding
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Lexi Leddy
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Nathan Karol
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Brandon Sutton
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Dave Swenson
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Advisory Council

Worth ParkerMitch JeanMary DeVeau​

John Bottomley

Barbara Franzoso

Joanne Lamprey

Joan Marchessault

Robert Mielcarz

Richard Luff

Philip and Lisa Pleat

Brian Diamond

Raymond Goodman, Jr.