PGA REACH Announces 2022 Class of PGA WORKS Fellows
October 07, 2022 by PGA REACH
FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 7, 2022) – PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, has announced the 2022 class for the PGA WORKS Fellowship.
The PGA WORKS Fellowship, established in 2017, provides the opportunity for a one-year, paid immersion in a PGA Section’s Foundation operations. PGA Sections oversee the 41 regions of the PGA of America across the United States, and help create the network of communication and community for PGA Professionals and amateur golfers nationwide.
The PGA WORKS Fellowship is one of the most valuable entry-level opportunities for individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to gain experience in all facets of the golf industry. The Fellowship gives recent college and university graduates a first-hand look at everything that a career in the golf industry can provide.
The primary responsibilities of this year’s class of 22 PGA WORKS Fellows are to support and execute philanthropic initiatives for the charitable foundations of their respective PGA Sections. This includes assisting with marketing, communications and fundraising activities, as well as PGA HOPE programming for Veterans and junior golf initiatives, such as PGA Jr. League and Drive, Chip & Putt.
“The PGA WORKS Fellows are an important part of the future of the PGA of America and the golf industry,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “PGA WORKS offers fellowships, scholarships and career-exploration events that seek out and engage talent from across the country to pursue key employment opportunities. These positions present these 22 Fellows with an invaluable path to discover everything that a career in golf can bring.”
As part of PGA WORKS’ mission, the Fellows are encouraged to continue their careers in golf following their fellowships. Accordingly, Fellows receive direct access to both PGA Career Consultants and personal mentors to help them achieve their career goals.
Past Fellows have gone on to work for GOLFTEC, The Honda Classic, Westchester Country Club, the First Tee and The Club at the Strand, among other golf companies and organizations. Additionally, several Fellows have worked full-time in PGA Section Offices across the country, as well as for universities and sports teams. Others have continued their education in graduate school.
Among this year’s 22 Fellows is Howard University graduate Rosa Jones, who received the first-ever PGA WORKS Fellowship in collaboration with the Advocates Pro Golf Association (APGA) Tour. Established in 2010, the APGA Tour is a non-profit organization with the mission to prepare African Americans and other minority golfers to compete and win at the highest level of professional golf, both on Tour and in the golf industry.
2022 Class of PGA WORKS Fellows
Karena Ballard - Chesapeake, Va. / George Mason University / Gateway PGA Section
Harrison Bruns -Minneapolis / Northern State University/Oklahoma State University / South Central PGA Section
Davyon Collins -Houston / Dallas Baptist University / Colorado PGA Section
Ximena Davila -San Antonio / University of Texas / Southern Texas PGA Section
Amelia DeCeanne -Peoria, Ill. / Saint Louis University / Wisconsin PGA Section
Jacob Fagan -Sacramento, Calif. / University of Oregon / Northern California PGA Section
Shannon Gilbert -Easton, Conn. / Endicott College / Metropolitan PGA Section
Haleigh Gray -Noblesville, Ind. / University of Northwestern Ohio / Northern Ohio PGA Section
Madi Guilmette -Howell, Mich. / Central Michigan University / Michigan PGA Section
Destany Hall -Lantana, Texas / Texas Southern University / Paul Millsap PGA WORKS Fellowship / Georgia PGA Section
Mia Hayasaki - Champaign, Ill. / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / Sunny Harris Hutchinson PGA WORKS Fellowship / Carolinas PGA Section
Cristina Hidalgo -San Luis Potosí, Mexico / University of Northwestern Ohio / Southern Ohio PGA Section
Natalie Holl -Hershey, Penn. / Penn State University / Middle Atlantic PGA Section
Taylor Hunter -Buffalo, N.Y. / SUNY Cortland / Western New York PGA Section
Rosa Jones - Mastic, N.Y. / Franklin Pierce University/Howard University / Advocates Pro Golf Association (APGA) TOUR
Alivia Mattiace -Jacksonville, Fla. / Oglethorpe University / Northern Florida PGA Section
Erin Martin - Philadelphia / Widener University / Philadelphia PGA Section
James Thomas (JT) Moore -Augusta, Ga. / Saint Augustine’s University / South Florida PGA Section
Hannah Randolph -San Antonio, Texas / Texas Tech University / Kentucky PGA Section
Torry Rees -Corinth, Miss. / Louisiana State University / Northern Texas PGA Section
Baylee Russell -Monrovia, Ind. / Indiana University-Purdue/University of Indianapolis / Indiana PGA Section
Bryce Waker -Old Bridge, N.J. / Rowan University / New Jersey PGA Section
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