GAM BLOG: USGA Boatwright Intern Gets An Education in Jersey


By Emma Kuslits 


Twenty-four years ago, the United States Golf
Association created an internship in the name of former executive director P.J.
Boatwright. To honor the man who reworked the rules of golf and dedicated his
life’s work towards the good of the game, one or more individuals from each
golf association in America (plus Puerto Rico and Mexico) are chosen for the
position each year. This past week, I was lucky enough to travel to Far Hills,
New Jersey for the annual USGA Boatwright Intern orientation as the GAM’s
representative, which proved to be an extremely invaluable experience.

The seminar began with a welcome dinner, where
all of this year’s 75 interns were introduced after having just flown in from
Alaska, Hawaii, Venezuela, South Korea, and everywhere in between. While most
of the interns are in college or recently graduated, there were also some
ambitious high school students as well as a few retirees who decided to spend
their newly found free time serving the sport they love. After feasting on the phenomenal
spread the USGA provided, receiving a complimentary backpack overflowing with golf
swag, and befriending plenty of new and exciting faces, it was easy to forget that
there was work to be done and information to be learned. Nevertheless, the
busses departed the hotel for the USGA headquarters the next morning at eight AM
sharp to commence the eventful forty-eight hours of training.