First Ever Careers in Golf Internship Program Launches at Westfield Country Club
WESTFIELD CENTER, OH – June 03, 2021 – With commitment and passion to offer opportunities to underrepresented communities, Westfield Country Club, together with industry leaders from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf.MyFuture.MyGame, is proud to announce the first “Careers in Golf Development” program.
Four college students are participating in a three-month internship experience at Westfield Country Club in the Golf Operations and Golf Course Management departments. The students are all rising sophomores and include students from Albion College, located in Albion, MI and Howard University which is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) located in Washington DC.
“’Golf. My Future. My Game.’ works to engage, open doors, expose opportunities and create a platform for a greater comfort level with the game and industry of golf,” said Craig Kirby, CEO of Golf. My Future. My Game. “The selected students are from various backgrounds and regions represent diverse interests and will have the opportunity of a lifetime. At the end of the internship, my hope is the students realize that golf is more than a game; golf is a lifetime experience with unparalleled possibilities.”
Learn more about the Careers in Golf Development program and each of the interns by watching this short video:
The primary outcome of the program is to create a diverse pool of future talent for the Westfield Country Club and the golf industry. The first year is anticipated to be a “year of learning” to iterate and make future decisions on program direction. Along with learning operational elements, the program includes exposure to how golf is used to conduct business, create awareness of golf industry careers as well as learning golf and business etiquette. The internship runs from May through August.
“The Westfield Country Club is honored to be the first club to host this program and offer well-rounded exposure to golf and golf course management learning experiences,” said Mark Jordan, Natural Resources Leader at Westfield Country Club and current GCSAA President. “Together with our golf industry and educational partners, we are working to foster greater diversity in both the business and sport of golf.”
Westfield was founded in 1848 by a small group of hard-working farmers who believed in the promise of the future and the power of the individual. Today, as one of the nation’s leading property and casualty (P&C) companies, we remain true to their vision and are dedicated to your protection and prosperity and to the progress of our community. Learn more about Westfield at www.westfieldinsurance.com