Sammamish native Evan Johnsen has been named program director of The First Tee of Greater Seattle, following two years in various roles with the nonprofit association.
Among his new responsibilities at the youth development organization, he will oversee the professional coaching staff and a volunteer network of more than 200 adults.
“Evan Johnsen is a natural choice for this new position after working for the organization for the past two-plus years as head coach, facility coordinator for the Crossroads Par 3 Golf Course in Bellevue, and as coordinator of the program’s mentorship program,” said Executive Director Heidi Wills. “He possesses exceptional leadership skills, an ability to build rapport with diverse populations, and he has a passion for The First Tee’s mission and core values.”
Johnsen, who currently lives in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood, has worked at several area golf courses and competes in amateur events. The former captain of the golf teams at Skyline High School and at Claremont McKenna College was voted MVP by teammates at both schools.
He is a 2005 graduate of Claremont where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and legal studies.
The First Tee of Greater Seattle provides effective ways to introduce youth to basic golf skills while fostering character development through its nine core values: confidence, responsibility, judgment, respect, sportsmanship, courtesy, honesty, integrity and perseverance.