As the six-month PJ Boatwright, Jr., Intern, I am officially halfway done with my internship here with the GSGA. It has been a busy three months so far, and I just wanted to share a few of the highlights of the internship that began back in May.
My first event was the US Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier at Druid Hills. This was a great course to start off my internship. I made sure to grab a picture of the first and tenth tees right when the sun started to come up out on the course.
One of the perks of the job is getting the chance to play (if time and weather allow) after working at a tournament. After the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Qualifier, I snuck out on to The Oaks Course and got in 18 holes.
My first GSGA Championship that I worked was the Junior Championship at The Farm in Dalton. This course was pure golf. We had a great three days out at The Farm and had an exciting finish with Marcus Byrd capturing the championship with a par on the final hole to hold off three strong players in second.
The next pair of tournaments I worked were the US Junior and US Girls’ Qualifiers at the UGA Golf Course and Cartersville Country Club, respectively. Despite a couple of weather delays, both qualifiers resulted in all Georgia kids advancing to the Championships. Here is the 18th hole at Cartersville CC.
Obviously one of the big highlights of the summer was the Georgia Amateur at Pinetree Country Club. The hospitality of the club, its members and volunteers was amazing to see. It was a great week that included a lot of time marking the course, climbing through hazards and out of bounds, and long hours at the course, but this is what we all signed up for! In the end, Jimmy Beck took home the trophy that just so happens to have the name “Bobby Jones” listed as the first champion.
The highlight of the whole week though was spending time with all our volunteers and rules officials including two friendly faces who wanted to stop and pose on the morning of the final round.
Finally, this past week I spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Athens Country Club for a US Amateur Qualifier. This was one of my favorite courses I have been to. Athens Country Club is a classic Donald Ross course that just makes you fall in love with golf when you ride around the course, and if you are lucky, play after the qualifier is wrapped up!
It has been a great three months here with the Georgia State Golf Association!
PJ Boatwright, Jr., Intern