People: Preparing Next-Generation Golf Leaders October 23, 2017

The USGA's P.J. Boatwright interns  get a total immersion in the golf industry to help them prepare to lead golf forward. (Courtesy/USGA)


The USGA is dedicated to identifying and developing new generations of professional and volunteer leaders. We are committed to increasing awareness and improving capability of established leadership in matters of diversity and inclusion.

The USGA will expand priority programs like the P.J. Boatwright Jr. Internship Program, which provides workplace training and meaningful pathways to employment for new leaders in the golf industry, and the USGA Learning Science through Golf Academy that engages young people in thematic learning and career exploration activities focused on the science of golf. By 2022, we will work to the goal of having each Boatwright intern class be composed of 50 percent women and 30 percent men and women of multicultural heritage, to reflect the game’s inclusivity and the changing landscape of the golf community.


The USGA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the United States Golf Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in 2017, the USGA Foundation secures resources to fulfill the USGA’s commitment to invest in programs and initiatives that best serve golf for all who love and play it. The Foundation, which also oversees the USGA Members Program, is focused on four impact areas that are essential to the health and future of the game: Investing in Golf Innovation, Ensuring Inclusion and Accessibility, Preparing Next-Generation Golf Leaders and Celebrating Golf's Greatest Stories.

The Foundation will support the USGA’s efforts to celebrate golf’s history and traditions while driving the game forward by:

  • Building a vibrant golf community that is welcoming and accessible to all.
  • Creating opportunities for new golfers to engage with the game.
  • Investing in cutting-edge innovation that will enhance the golf experience and reduce facilities' reliance on critical natural resources by 20 percent by the year 2025.
  • Identifying and developing new generations of golf's professional and volunteer leaders.

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