Experience. It’s valuable in so many aspects
of life. Whether it’s good or bad, experiences teach us something and allow us
to grow. New experiences, though, provide opportunity for even further
growth and development as an individual.
This summer, high school golfers have an
opportunity to gain valuable experience through the TGA Foundation’s Bill Penn
Internship Program. Applications are now open for the 10-week, paid program which
provides high school golfers not only with a paycheck, but also an introduction
to the golf industry and the wide range of jobs, mentors, and networking
possibilities that it provides. Prospective interns complete a thorough
application process detailing their interests and goals and are interviewed by representatives
from both the TGA and the prospective club.
“I am excited about this year’s
Bill Penn Internship. We have decided to double the number of interns we hire
from three to six in 2022. We have had great success with this program and want
to see it continue to grow,” Managing Director of TGA Foundation Kelly Kilgo
The program first began in 2016 and featured
one intern but has since continued to grow as motivated young people and clubs
alike have seen the many benefits it provides for both parties. Six interns
will mark the largest Bill Penn class to date.
The program honors the late Bill Penn, who was
a true ambassador of the game and served as the first Executive Director of the
Texas Golf Association from 1988-2000. His commitment to growing the game was evident
through a lifetime of giving back as a volunteer and professional golf
provided with opportunities to work in multiple areas of club operations on a
rotating schedule as part of the club commitment. Moreover, interns are also
given opportunities to learn and play golf while on the job. By participating,
clubs gain access to young people with golf backgrounds to help fill seasonal
Last summer, Meer
Patel interned with Gleneagles Country Club in Plano and recommended this
internship to anyone interested in learning more about the golf industry.
“I would have to
say my favorite part of the internship at Gleneagles was greeting and meeting
the members,” Patel said. “Everyone was extremely friendly and easy to talk to.
I managed to build a few relationships with some of the members which honestly
made working all the better. I was lucky enough to see people such as Tony
To learn more
about the Bill Penn Internship Program, click here. To apply please send your resume and cover
letter to Kelly Kilgo at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is May 1.