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NKU Grad Tapped to Lead Youth Golf Organization

The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky named its new executive director.

Alicia Lawrence will take over for the retiring Gale Wallmark.

Lawrence will assume her new position after serving as director of the All For One Fund at Xavier University.

“We are thrilled that we were able to attract such a talented professional to our chapter, and are elated about the direction our chapter will take under Alicia's leadership," said Pat Lynch, president of the board.

The First Tee teaches girls and boys, ages 7 to 18, life skills and character education through the game of golf. The chapter encompasses Hamilton and Clermont counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell, and Kenton in Northern Kentucky.

“Golf has been a part of my entire life, and everything I learned growing up around the sport shaped the person I am today. The opportunity to grow a platform that fosters core values in future generations through golf and equips them for success in life is exciting,” said Lawrence. 

Lawrence, an alumna of Northern Kentucky University, earned a MBA and Master of Sports Administration degrees from Ohio University. She began her career as Coordinator of Athletic Development before being named NKU’s Assistant Director of Athletic Development. She was recruited to Xavier in 2015 to oversee its All for One Fund supporting student-athletes.

A golfer and student-athlete herself, Lawrence’s professional career has focused on fundraising to provide resources to collegiate student-athletes and prepare them for success in life beyond their competitive days. Her time at NKU Athletics provided her with the opportunity to notch a wide variety of experiences from ticketing to event planning and annual fund management. At Xavier, she further developed her fundraising toolkit and worked with donors and ticketholders during the Cintas Center Renovation project while growing their athletics annual fund.

The First Tee Search Committee was assisted by The Yunker Group.

-Staff report