By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications
On Friday, Feb. 28, 95 of the most-talented young adults in the country descended on the American Junior Golf Association’s National Headquarters in Braselton, Ga., for the AJGA’s Intern Recruiting Weekend. Candidates came from more than 70 different colleges and universities and were vying for 48 spots in the AJGA’s summer internship program. They traveled from as far away as Spain and the United Kingdom to showcase what they could bring to the AJGA.
Recruits arrived Friday night and were given a tour of the AJGA Headquarters before having dinner and listening to guest speaker, Bill Hughes, who is a PGA Master Professional and since 2006 has overseen the flagship course of the TPC Network, TPC Sawgrass. Hughes, a long-time AJGA supporter, encouraged candidates to face their fears and create a road map to their dreams and goals.
Bill Hughes brought inspiration to the candidates
When the candidates arrived bright and early Saturday morning, they jumped right into the weekend with interviews and question and answer sessions. At lunch, Mike McGee, agent and husband of LPGA TOUR great Annika Sorenstam spoke to the group. He emphasized that you never know how your circumstances will work out and how they may lead to the greatest moments of your life. McGee said, “Sometimes you have to make your own luck.” He also quoted the great Gary Player who said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”
McGee drew on his personal experience to give advice to the attendees
On Saturday afternoon, candidates had fun with several team-building activities, including building challenges and puzzles. Saturday evening Lee Pinchouck entertained the crowd with stories of his years with the AJGA and some life advice. Pinchouck is the owner of several Taco Bell restaurants and worked for the AJGA for many years in the finance department and as the Midwest regional director. He emphasized the AJGA is in the people business and to focus on giving our customers the best experience.
Pinchouck entertained with stories of his AJGA experiences
The "Box Building Championship of the World" promoted teamwork
IRW attendees returned to AJGA National Headquarters Sunday morning for a few final activities. Possibly the most important of these was the Thank-You Notes station. Each recruit wrote thank-you notes to the speakers and staff members of the AJGA for the hard work they put into the weekend. This is something AJGA juniors and staff members practice as well during tournaments and throughout the year.
Thank-you notes are a huge part of what the AJGA does
Over the next several weeks, decisions will be made and candidates will be notified until the AJGA Summer Intern staff is full. Each candidate brought something special into Intern Recruiting Weekend, but only the best can continue the work of the AJGA this summer.