Lafayette, LA - May 15, 2018

Last week, the United States Golf Association welcomed 47 P.J. Boatwright Interns to their headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey for a two-day orientation to the Boatwright Program and the world of golf administration. Interns traveled from all over the United States to attend, including Louisiana Golf Association’s Boatwright Intern, Brandon Monrose.

The USGA established the P.J. Boatwright Jr. Internship Program in 1991, in memory of its long-time Director of Championships. The program is designed to give experience to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in golf administration, while assisting state and regional golf associations in the promotion of amateur golf on a short-term, entry level basis.

During the orientation, interns heard presentations from various departments of the USGA. The presentations covered topics such as Rules of Golf, Community Outreach, Course Rating, Agronomy, Partnerships, Marketing, Handicapping and more. They also had the opportunity to get into groups and solve a number of different case studies that the USGA provided and then gave feedback.

Interns also had the opportunity to visit the USGA Museum and Research & Test Center. The Museum is the nation’s oldest sports memorabilia museum and is home to the world’s premier collection of golf artifacts and documents. The Museum tells the story of the game’s development in the U.S., highlighting the greatest moments in the game’s history, with a particular focus on USGA championships and champions. Entire rooms are dedicated to some of the game’s greatest players, including Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus.

Behind the USGA Museum lies the Pynes Putting Course, a 16,000-square-foot putting green where interns were allowed to test their skills using replicas of antique putters and balls from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Pynes Putting Course was inspired by the Himalayas putting green in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The museum is also home to the USGA Research and Test Center, where the association ensures all clubs and balls used in its events meet its rigorous standards. Interns were able to see how the USGA tests the more than 2,000 non-ball equipment items they receive every year, along with the 1,300 golf ball submissions.

“The Boatwright Orientation was a great experience for me,” said LGA Boatwright Intern Brandon Monrose. “I am very grateful to the United States Golf Association and the Louisiana Golf Association for giving me the opportunity to attend this orientation at Liberty Corner Campus in New Jersey. I learned a lot about golf administration and made connections with some very influential people from all over the United States. I look forward to continuing the year with the LGA and hopefully a career in golf administration.”

The Louisiana Golf Association is the governing body for amateur golf in the state and has served in that capacity since 1920. It serves approximately 100 member clubs and 18,000 individual members. Its office is located in Lafayette.