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First Tee of East Lake Names New Assistant Director

Jeff Dunovant has "been a leader in advocating for the game of golf for minority children, both in Georgia and across the country."

Jeff Dunovant. PHOTO CREDIT: East Lake Foundation
Jeff Dunovant. PHOTO CREDIT: East Lake Foundation

EAST LAKE — Jeff Dunovant, formerly director of instruction for The First Tee of East Lake, has been named the program's assistant director.

The promotion was recently announced by East Lake Foundation President Danny J. Shoy Jr.

Dunovant, who has been with the program since 2004, will continue to manage instructional duties, the foundation said in a statement.

He was recognized as the 2012 Junior Golf Leader by the PGA Georgia Section and in April, 2013, traveled to Capitol Hill to advocate for increased minority participation in golf with members of Congress.

“Jeff influences the lives of hundreds of East Lake’s children each year, either through golf lessons as part of the curriculum at Charles R. Drew Charter School or through The First Tee of East Lake’s programs," Shoy said.

"Jeff has been a leader in advocating for the game of golf for minority children, both in Georgia and across the country.  He is following in his father’s footsteps as he encourages children to pursue golf as a sport and as a career.”

Dunovant’s father, Harold, was a pioneer in African-American golf.  Both Dunovants remain the only African-American father and son PGA members in the history of golf.

A PGA member since 1993, Dunovant has also been a golf instructor for programs such as Evening at Emory, Play Golf America, Get Golf Ready, and was featured in the CBS Sports Special “Passion for the Game.”

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