The Country Club, in partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA), created the Lee Elder Internship, a one-week immersive experience at the 2022 US Open at the Country Club. Applications can be submitted immediately here.
Named in honor of one of golf’s true pioneers, the innovative program is designed to introduce under-represented youth to the game and its core values, while showcasing golf’s many career paths. Over the course of a week, 25 people will be exposed to the many facets of the golf industry and gain first-hand experience and knowledge from industry leaders. The daily program will cover tournament operations, media, course maintenance and design, sales and marketing, operations and facility management and other relevant topics.
There are over two million jobs within the $ 84 billion golf industry, but only a small fraction of them are held by people from under-represented communities. The mission of this foundational program is to help redress this imbalance. It is the latest in a series of proactive golf programs to encourage people from diverse communities to participate in golf and explore the many career opportunities in the game.
“Diversity remains one of the key challenges facing the golf industry, a challenge that can only be resolved with continued focus and initiatives to reach underrepresented people,” said Will Fulton, President overall at the 2022 US Open, which will be played June 13-19. . “This program is designed to play a role in this ecosystem by reaching new audiences at training times, providing them with information and building relationships with golf leaders. This is a model that we expect can be replicated in the future.
The Country Club and USGA will cover the costs of the program, including travel and accommodation costs for all interns. Country Club and USGA members plan to leverage the global exposure and incredible learning experience of the US Open Championship to open conversations and opportunities for more people in the game.
Elder was a pioneer in integrating golf and preparing the course for generations to come. He was the first African-American golfer to play in the Masters and the first to play on a United States team for the Ryder Cup. In 2019, he became the first African American to receive the USGA’s Bob Jones Award, the association’s highest honor honoring an individual who demonstrates Jones’ spirit, character and exemplary respect for the game. .
“I have always worked hard to help disadvantaged children have better opportunities in life,” Elder said. “I am honored to be associated with this important new program, a program that will provide several exceptional opportunities for minority representation in golf.
Founded in 1882 and located in Brookline, Massachusetts, the Country Club is one of the oldest clubs in the United States. It was one of the five founding clubs of the USGA. It has hosted a number of significant events throughout its history, including 16 USGA Championships, the 1913 US Open won by amateur Francis Ouimet and the American team’s comeback victory at the Ryder. Cup 1999. The fourth US Open at the Country Club will be played from June 13 to 19, 2022.