Margo Coleman joining First Tee of Central Miss. as new executive director
Margo Coleman, who has guided the Mississippi Golf Association for the past 19 years, has been hired as executive director of the First Tee of Central Mississippi, a youth development organization tasked with introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people.
“Junior golf is my passion and this is an opportunity for me to get more kids playing golf,” Coleman said of the change.
Another reason for switching jobs, she said, is five-year-old Mac Coleman, her son. The job of MGA executive director demanded much travel, primarily for the MGA’s many weekend tournaments.
“The First Tee job will allow me to spend more time with my family,” Coleman, a former Ole Miss golfer, said. “I plan to play a little more golf on the weekends and get Mac involved in junior golf.”
During Coleman’s 19 years, the MGA has added several tournaments, a new Mississippi Golf Hall of Fame and has greatly expanded the Mississippi Junior Golf Association, part of the MGA.
Said Ben Snow, president of the MGA’s board of directors: “Margo has taken the association a long way in her 19 years and we hate to lose her. What she has done for junior golf in Mississippi, in my mind, will be her crowning achievement in her tenure with the MGA.”
Junior golf will be Coleman’s entire focus with First Tee.
“There is a need in Mississippi to grow the First Tee program,” Coleman said. “I am looking forward to introducing more kids to the game and making a positive impact in their lives. Golf has given me so much and I hope I am always able to give back.”
Jim Lowery, president of First Tee’s board of directors locally, called the hiring of Coleman “a no-brainer.” “Margo brings a wealth of golfing relationships and a passion for junior golf to First Tee of Central Mississippi,” Lowery said. “Both are invaluable as we build our programming and reputation in the community.”
Coleman, an Arkansas native, was a successful junior golfer herself before playing at Ole Miss.
As head of the MGA, she oversaw the creation of the Mississippi Junior Golf Association and later spearheaded the merger of the Mississippi Women’s Golf Association with the MGA. Under her leadership, Mississippi’s State Amateur champion has been awarded an exemption into the Sanderson Farms Championship, a huge boost to the State Am tournament.