Many times I’ve talked about how much the AJGA relies on our interns to help us run our events in the spring and summer. Between the crews we send out on the road to the staff that comes to work every day at our national headquarters in Braselton – we couldn’t do it without them.
What many people might not know about our intern staff is that several of them had experiences with the AJGA many years before they found themselves researching tournament history, setting tees early in the morning, choosing tournament hole locations and writing post round recaps. Believe it or not, the 2013 AJGA summer intern class boasts 11 AJGA alumni. Not that long ago, the staff you see out there on the golf course, were on the other side of the tournament – standing in line at registration, arriving early to second round tee times for equipment surveys and working to earn stars and exemptions to help their PBE status.
In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, I caught up with a few of our AJGA alumni intern staff out on the road. I asked them a few questions about their memories, experiences and advice to juniors that may want to work for the AJGA.
(If you’ve seen some of our interns out on the road this summer perhaps you can identify them in these #ThrowbackThursday photos from their days as AJGA members)
What’s your favorite memory playing in AJGA events?
“My favorite memory of playing in AJGA events was in a qualifier in Las Vegas. One of my friends made it into a four-way playoff for the last spots. It was a four for three playoff, and my friend teed off first and hit his drive about 40 yards OB. Immediately, the three other players put their head covers back on their drivers and pulled out irons. He didn’t make it, but it’s something we still laugh about to this day.”
-Chris Ceman, Communications Intern, Team 2
“My favorite memory would be traveling to Pinehurst with my Dad. It was a great experience to be able to stay on the golf course at Pine Needles.”
-Ryan Flanagan, Operations Intern, Team 4
What’s one thing about AJGA tournaments that surprised you the most when you went to the staff side after years as a member?
“I had no idea how much work went into making every aspect of the events possible. I loved getting Polo golf shirts and Titleist golf balls, and having cold towels and water available throughout the course. I definitely felt like I was playing in a top-notch event and now I see just how much is done to make all of that possible and to give the juniors an amazing experience.”
-Tatum Briele, Operations Intern, Team 4
“Going from a player to an AJGA staff member, it surprised me to see how much the tournament chairmen impact an event, how important volunteers are to a tournament, and much detail and planning go into an event prior to the event itself.”
-Alyssa Randolph, Operations Intern 2012, Tournament Assistant 2013
What’s one piece of advice you would give to a junior golfer that hopes to one day work for the AJGA?
“My advice to current juniors would be to utilize the skills that are required to be a successful junior golfer such as hard work and perseverance. These qualities are necessary to work for the AJGA. These skills and your golf knowledge are a great combination when applying to work for the AJGA.”
-Tori Stock, Operations Intern, Team 1
“It’s a phenomenal experience and a great way to give back to an organization that helped me obtain one of my goals of playing collegiate golf. This internship is also a great networking tool for job seekers that are looking for jobs within as well as outside the golf industry.”
-Michael Hicks, Operations Intern, Team 5
I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from some of our summer intern staff. Remember that you can follow along with what they’re up to by taking a look at the Summer Traveling Internship photo album on Facebook and reading the “News & Notes” blogs that the communications staff posts from each tournament site.
Interested in how to become an AJGA intern? Check out the careers page on our website.
As always, we’d love to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to give any of the AJGA Communications department a shout on Twitter.
Roseanna Smith - @AJGASmith
Abby Liebenthal - @AJGALiebs
Stephanie Dittmer - @AJGADittmer
Amanda Herrington - @AJGAHerrington
And myself, Alexis Witman - @AJGAWitman
Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Until next time,