By Jackie Clark (@AJGAMedia), AJGA Communications
5:30 a.m. wake up calls and 70-hour work weeks sound intimidating and hard right? But what if I told you it was all worth it, because for me it has been.
Being an intern can be hectic. As a member of a three-person communications team, we make videos, enter scores, write stories, take photos and conduct interviews, plus any other tasks that we must accomplish to ensure our tournaments run smoothly. This can include setting up, breaking down and rules officiating. We want to ensure that every tournament is run to perfection so that we can give every junior and their family a great AJGA experience.
Being able to talk with players’ parents is truly inspiring. Hearing the goals of their children to play golf in college makes everything we do worth it.
Although it may seem that the interns just help run the tournaments, we are helping young golfers achieve their dreams and preparing them for the future.
Early mornings and late nights are worth it when a mother comes up to you and says what a great job you are doing and how greatly you impact their son or daughter.
At our first tournament, my team was fortunate enough to have Gary Woodland, a PGA TOUR player, present. We interviewed Woodland and watched him give a clinic to the juniors. Seeing a professional interact with the players that look up to him and give them advice was something that I’ve never experienced before. After the players spoke with Woodland, they were ecstatic. I’m excited to experience this again when my team and I go to future event that Jordan Spieth will attend.
One of the best parts of the internship is how close you get with your teammates. We have
a team of nine, and within the last few weeks, they have become some of my best friends. We always have fun. Whether it is on the golf course or going out to eat on our off time, there is never a dull moment.
All-in-all, the last three weeks that I have been an intern for the AJGA have been great. I look
forward to all the experiences I have this summer and the memories that will stay with me for years to come.