Golf nonprofit hires PGA pro


Andre Pillow. Courtesy The First Tee of West Michigan

A local nonprofit that offers youth golf programs has added its first certified PGA professional.

The First Tee of West Michigan said last month it hired Andre Pillow, a class-A PGA pro, to serve as development coordinator.

Pillow will work with The First Tee’s most-advanced youth golfers to develop technique and assist golfers new to the sport.

He’ll provide instruction for students from Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming public schools and be available for Muskegon youth golfers.

Pillow will also build and maintain relationships with the community and attract volunteers and donors for the nonprofit.

“We are so excited to have Andre on staff,” said Tyler Smies, executive director, The First Tee of West Michigan. “The enthusiasm and passion he brings is infectious to our young people, our volunteers and our donors. We couldn’t think of a better fit for our team and can’t wait for what is to come with him on staff.”

Pillow’s background

Pillow played golf at Tennessee State University for three years and completed his PGA pro certification in 2013.

Previously, Pillow worked as a manager at Golf Galaxy and as head golf pro at Quail Ridge Golf Club.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Grand Valley State University.

The First Tee of West Michigan

Based in Grand Rapids and founded in 2011, The First Tee of West Michigan served 726 youth golfers in Kent and Muskegon counties in 2016. This year, it has expanded to include participants in Ottawa County.

Spring programs began in April, and summer classes are scheduled to begin in mid June.

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