PGA WORKS Fellowship is one of the flagship programs of PGA REACH. PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to garner experience in all facets of the golf industry.
PGA REACH launched the PGA WORKS Fellowship in 2017 and placed PGA WORKS Fellows in the Middle Atlantic, Carolinas and New Jersey PGA Sections.
Additional PGA WORKS Fellows will begin in 2018-2019 in the Michigan, Gateway, South Florida, Southern and Northern Ohio, Connecticut, and Metropolitan PGA Sections.
The golf industry’s workforce, including PGA Membership, is demographically homogenous. The boards, senior leadership and full time staff are 95%, 97% and 86% Caucasian (respectively)
With a combined spending power of $3.5 trillion among Black American, Asian American and Hispanic Americans, the economic spending power and influence of multicultural audiences continues to grow
92% of the United States population growth in 2000-2014 came from multicultural groups
The under 18 demographic is projected to be America’s last generation with a Caucasian majority
Madison Temple, of Vero Beach, Florida, has turned inclusion into a reality during her time as a PGA WORKS Fellow with the South Florida PGA Section.+ Read More
“I’m honored and excited to have been chosen as the PGA WORKS Fellow. I look forward to helping grow awareness of PGA WORKS and the Fellowship in the region, as we work towards changing the face of the golf industry. Opportunities like this are critical to the game and history of golf, and diversity and inclusion must be part of the industry.”Southern Florida Section PGA WORKS Fellow – Madison Temple
Graduated in May 2017 with an Undergraduate degree in Sports Management from Pfeiffer University + Read More
“Golf is a sport for everyone, and I want to expand and develop tours for young golfers and Veterans across the globe, while making golf accessible and affordable for competition. I believe that, being a golfer with international background and expertise, I can make a change and grow the game of golf for people who come from different backgrounds, nationalities, races and cultures. My purpose is to introduce the sport that has given me so many opportunities in life to others through a global perspective.”Carolinas Section PGA WORKS Fellow - Jessica Asbury
Graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Hampton University + Read More
"In five years, I see myself working with a task force at the PGA to help bring more women and other minority groups into the game. I believe that to tackle the issue of diversity and inclusion in golf, it must start with the marketing and promotion of programs that already exist, specifically speaking on programs for youth."Middle Atlantic Section PGA WORKS Fellow - Tajma Brown
After serving 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including four tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, Sgt. Eugene participated in the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program where he then had the change to play in the 2018 Secretary’s Cup at the 100th PGA Championship in St Louis. There, Eugene met Fernando Molina, the current Fellow for the Gateway PGA Section, who suggested Eugene pursue a career in the golf industry through the PGA WORKS Fellowship.
It’s a true honor to be selected as a PGA WORKS Fellow and have the chance to not only work with the Metropolitan PGA Section, but help serve my community in a positive way,” Eugene said. “As a Marine, I’ve always strived for excellence and look for new challenges, so joining the Fellowship was a natural fit. I look forward to being a part of the mission of PGA WORKS, helping to reshape and change the face of golf, and further introduce diversity and inclusion into the industry in an authentic way.”Metropolitan Section PGA WORKS Fellow - James Eugene
Graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Walsh University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education with a Concentration in Coaching and Leadership from the University of Rio Grande. + Read More
“Golf is a sport for everyone, and I want to expand and develop tours for young golfers and Veterans across the globe, while making golf accessible and affordable for competition. I believe that, being a golfer with international background and expertise, I can make a change and grow the game of golf for people who come from different backgrounds, nationalities, races and cultures. My purpose is to introduce the sport that has given me so many opportunities in life to others through a global perspective.”Southern Ohio Section PGA WORKS Fellow – Nicole Asbun
Graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Corporate Communications from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. + Read More
“I’m honored to have been chosen as the PGA WORKS Fellow. I strongly believe in the mission of PGA REACH and PGA of America. As a lifelong golf enthusiast, I am committed to growing the game and will do my best work on every task throughout this fellowship. Opportunities like this are critical to the game and history of golf, and diversity and inclusion must be part of the industry.”Northern Ohio Section PGA WORKS Fellow - Brooke Morgan
Graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts, Sports, and Fitness Administration/Management from Central Michigan University. + Read More
“I’m thrilled to join the PGA WORKS Fellowship in the Michigan PGA Section. Golf is a universal sport and has the ability to reach a variety of individuals. During my fellowship term, I hope to help youth and adults of all genders, ages and backgrounds experience golf — some for the first time — while sharing my passion for the sport. I’m excited to apply my education and passion for diversity and inclusion to help expand the horizons of the golf industry through the PGA WORKS Fellowship.”Michigan Section PGA WORKS Fellow – Hannah Marcusse
Graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Business Management from Maryville University.+ Read More
“I’m honored to be named a PGA WORKS Fellow and have the chance to work with PGA Golf Professionals daily, with the mission of working toward changing the face of the golf industry. I know this Fellowship will provide me with the right tools to grow professionally in the business of golf, as well as raise awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion, not just in the golf industry, but in every aspect of life.”Gateway Section PGA WORKS Fellow – Fernando Molina
Graduated in May 2017 from Livingstone College.+ Read More
“I’m delighted to start my career in golf through the Sunny Harris Hutchinson Fellowship. I would like to help PGA REACH grow the game by making it more accessible for juniors, as they are the future of this great game.”PGA REACH Carolinas Section Sunny Harris Hutchinson PGA WORKS Fellow – Telvin Walker