P.J. Boatwright – USGA Handicap Research Intern - Dallas

About the USGA: 

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

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Dallas, TX – Texas Golf Association

Reports to: 

USGA Handicap Research Department

Duration of Internship: 

12-14 Weeks

Position Summary: 

Both the USGA Handicap System and USGA Course Rating System were developed using years of data and research to determine the formulas and standards within each system. There have been numerous updates to each system over the past 25+ years. In addition, the game of golf has also evolved over this same timeframe in regards to equipment and course maintenance practices. Each update implemented was supported with significant research work and studies; however, with the increased amount of data available today, a comprehensive analysis to both further validate current systems or indicate the need for further refinement is a primary goal of the USGA going forward.


The USGA, in partnership with the Chevron STEM program, has created a handicap research internship program to employ qualified individuals to meet our desired goal as listed above. 


The USGA Handicap Research Intern will focus on collecting and analyzing data relative to the USGA Handicap System, USGA Course Rating System and USGA Pace Rating System. The majority of this data will be collected personally by the intern from local courses. Office duties include analyzing scoring data relative to dynamic conditions of the golf courses, and generating reports to provide to the USGA Handicap Department and USGA Handicap Research Team.  Additionally, the Intern will support the State and Regional Golf Association with various duties as assigned 

What You Can Expect 

  • Collect daily course conditions and player information from local courses
  • Analyze scoring data and other data collected from courses and players
  • Generate reports on results of data analysis to provide to USGA Handicap Department
  • Develop long term recommendations for future data collection/analysis
  • Assist State/Regional Golf Association with various duties as needed



Working Relationships 

  • USGA Handicap Department
  • USGA Handicap Research Team
  • State/Regional Golf Association Staff
  • Golf Club Officials

What You Bring to the USGA 

  • Must be pursuing and/or have a College or University Major in Mathematics and/or Statistics strongly preferred
  • General working knowledge of golf, the USGA Course Rating System and USGA Handicap System is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Proven mathematical/statistical skills

Additional Comments: 

  • A confidentiality agreement will need to be signed by the intern indicating that all data and research work is property of the USGA.
  • The program will run for approximately 12-14 weeks.
  • Intern must have a car and appropriate driver’s license.
  • The Internship is paid and mileage for business travel will be covered. 


To Apply: 

We are accepting applications for this position through May 24th.  Please click on the following link to apply P.J. Boatwright - USGA Handicap Research Internship - Dallas


The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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