Part of my responsibilities in the media center was to craft the daily Volunteer e-Newsletter which features a different volunteer every day. The tournament is fortunate to have nearly 1,800 volunteers, but I was asked to interview a select seven. In each e-newsletter, I also reported weather, shared the lunch menu and wrote about different venues on course. The e-newsletters were a great learning experience for writing in AP format, which I will need to utilize if I enter the media world. My other main responsibility was to assist in posts for social media. As the tournament is attempting to rebrand golf to reach a millennial demographic, my content was youthful and energetic to increase engagement. During my content capture, I was able to meet Henrik Stenson, the tournament’s champion from the previous year and film him at the driving range teaching viewers how to use a 3-iron. The amount of fun I had that week made it feel like anything but work.
As Championship Sunday rolled around, I was given an “inside-the-ropes” photography pass which allowed me to film Brandt Snedeker’s winning put on the 18th green. Later, I attended his press conference, and even took a picture with him and his trophy! (See the main photo for this blog)
I would recommend this internship for anyone looking to get involved with the event-management side of sports. Before this internship began, I did not know a single thing about golf. Now, I find myself watching the golf channel more than anything else. It is hard work, but the reward is like nothing else I have ever experienced. You are able to network and build serious connections with sponsors and staff. I am so grateful for the experiences I have endured this summer and I am eager to see where my future leads me next.