Mark Lynch, PGA
Vice President of Operations
Mark is the Vice President of Golf at First Tee – Greater Richmond. He joined The First Tee – Greater Richmond as Director of Golf at The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range in March 2016 and became the Director of Golf of both First Tee Greater Richmond golf facilities in March 2018.
Over the last few years, Mark has developed the organization’s golf and customer service areas at both facilities to provide extraordinary customer service to all players. Mark is a Member of the PGA of America and Club Management Association of America (CMAA) while holding credentials such as Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 (Golf) certified instructor and Level II First Tee Coach. Additionally, Mark is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves and now with a total of over 16 years of service. His philosophy is to connect each player with the game and help each player reach their personal goals.
Brandon Howard, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Head Golf Professional. Brandon joined the First Tee – Greater Richmond team in January of 2023. As Head Golf Professional of Belmont he oversees day-to-day operation of the facility, including staffing, sales, patron relationships, teaching, events, and more. Brandon came to First Tee – Greater Richmond with over 10 years of golf experience, his learned skills over the years help him to elevate the experiences had while at Belmont.
Brooks Ward, PGA
PGA Associate, Senior Assistant
Brooks joined the First Tee – Greater Richmond team in May of 2023. Prior to Belmont he was a Golf Instructor at The Edge Golf Academy in Richmond. While there he had the opportunity to work with the Virginia Union golf team for their Spring 2023 season. He is a James Madison University Alumni, which is where he found his favorite course Lakeview Golf in Harrisonburg, VA.
Ana Ferreyra Heit
Player Development Professional
Ana joined the First Tee – Greater Richmond team in June of 2023. Ana came to Richmond from Delaware State University, where she played Division 1 women’s golf. She brings both her collegiate golf experience and professional golf experience to her role at Belmont. Something Ana aspires to do is join the LPGA! Learn more here
Senior Director of Agronomy
Lee joined First Tee – Greater Richmond in February 2023. Lee serves as our Senior Director of Agronomy. He oversees creating and maintaining premiere conditions at Belmont, The Tattersall, and Elson Redmond. Lee has experience working as the superintendent at Salisbury Country Club, Assistant Superintendent at the Hermitage Golf Course in Nashville. Additionally, Lee interned at the Country Club of Virginia as a Golf Maintenance intern. Lee is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Crop and Soil Sciences. In his free time, Lee enjoys spending time with his family, golfing around the RVA area, and rooting for his favorite sports teams: Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and all Virginia Tech athletics teams.