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New First Tee of Greater Baltimore executive director Bassler has deep golf roots in area

New First Tee of Greater Baltimore executive director Bassler has deep golf roots in area

As a promising young golfer in Baltimore, Matt Bassler might have dreamed about traveling the world playing the game. As Bassler got older, his goal was simply to stay involved with what had become the family business.

The son of longtime local club pro Billy Bassler, who spent 40 years at Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville before retiring in 2015, Matt Bassler was looking for a job after graduating in 2008 from then-Loyola College, where he was the captain of the golf team.

The First Tee, an organization that brings golf to disadvantaged children and others without access to the game, had come to Baltimore two years before. Bassler would become its first full-time employee...

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