Six Selected For USGA Fellowship
July 19, 2004
Colorado Springs, Colo. - Six recent college graduates,
representing a wide variety of interests and academic
backgrounds, joined the United States Golf Association's
Fellowship in Leadership and Service program this June.
The six new Fellows are: Kimberly Brown (Yale University) of
Montclair, N.J.; Kate Coakley (Boston College) of Denver, Colo.;
Andrew Heiman (Vanderbilt University) of Brentwood, Tenn.; Sara
Iams (University of Virginia) of Columbus, Ohio; Ryan Morgan
(Rice University) Lawrence, Kansas; and Michael Naughton
(University of Notre Dame) of Colorado Springs, Colo.
From interning with a sports-management company, a public
relations firm, and a state and regional golf association, to
tutoring and mentoring children and competing in collegiate
athletics, these new Fellows have participated in a variety of
leadership and growth activities to augment their education.
"The diversity of the Fellowship experience is what
attracts a group like this year's class: quality people with
a multitude of interests and experiences," said Steve
Czarnecki, manager of Grants Initiative and Fellowship Program.
"It is this very diversity that makes us better able to
serve programs in local communities through the Grants Program
and learn from each other through the Fellowship's
Based at the USGA Grants Office in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
the Fellowship in Leadership and Service program is a two-year,
post-graduate commitment with the possibility of an option for a
specialized project during the third year. It is aimed at
developing professional skills, such as leadership and
organizational efficiency, education in the role of foundations
and the not-for-profit sector, and experience in the golf world,
specifically, with the governing body of golf in this
country. There are currently 13 Fellows employed in the
program, which is entering its eighth year.
"We are excited to usher in a new class of Fellows -
dynamic, young college graduates looking to impact the lives of
others," said Judy Bell, USGA Grants Committee member and
past USGA president. "During the next two years, each Fellow
will have hands-on opportunities to improve professional and
personal skills for a successful future."
USGA Grants Initiative: A Capsule History
The USGA works to make the game of golf affordable and
accessible. Since 1997, it has awarded more than $42 million as
part of its ongoing $5-million annual grants initiative to
provide financial support and assistance to deserving golf
programs. The USGA Executive Committee has extended its
grants initiative to the end of the decade, bringing total
anticipated USGA support to $65 million. The grants initiative
traditionally focuses on programming for economically
disadvantaged youth and individuals with disabilities. Beyond its
Grants Initiative, the USGA partners with national organizations
to promote affordable and accessible facility development, course
access, girls' golf, and initiatives for individuals with
For more information on the USGA Grants Initiative, contact
the Grants office at (719) 471-4810 or visit the Grants Section
of the USGA Web site at
A profile of the six individuals selected for the Fellowship
American Studies, Yale University
Hometown: Montclair, N.J.
Kimberly Brown earned a degree in American studies with a
focus in urban policy from Yale University this spring.
Brown competed for two years as a member of the Yale women's
golf team. Also during her tenure at school, Brown sang
with the Yale Gospel Choir. She has held summer marketing
internships with Black Enterprise and Dun & Bradstreet.
Brown has served as a mentor to inner-city youth with Visions of
Virtue and the Newark Housing Authority. At the age of ten,
she began participation in the Renaissance Junior Golf Program (a
English, Boston College
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Kate Coakley graduated this spring from Boston College with a
degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. Her interest
in non-profits was sparked through a high school Dominican
Republic Service Learning program in which she and other student
leaders founded the Los Conucos Scholarship Fund. While at
Boston College, Coakley participated in alternative spring break
trips with Habitat for Humanity, mentored youth at the Boys and
Girls Club and served as a buddy and notetaker for students with
disabilities. She devoted twelve years of her youth as an
Irish Step Dancer.
Andrew "Andy" Heiman
Economics & Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn.
Andy Heiman completed a double major in economics and
political science from Vanderbilt University this spring.
For three summers, Heiman worked to coordinate junior tournaments
as a Golf House of Tennessee intern and tournament
director. At Vanderbilt, he has earned multiple academic
recognitions and serves as a mentor and tutor in the
Vanderbuddies after-school program for local youth. In
addition to being a skilled golfer, Heiman also played and
refereed a variety of intramural sports through the Vanderbilt
Economics, University of Virginia
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Sara Iams graduated among the top of her class from the
University of Virginia this spring with a degree in
economics. Iams played club field hockey and was the
membership selection chairman of Pi Beta Phi at UVA. She is
a reading and writing tutor for local kindergarteners at
Hollymead Elementary School and volunteers with Charlottesville
Area Riding Therapy, an equine program for children with
disabilities. Last summer, Iams was one of 17 merchandise
interns with the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields.
Sports Management and Managerial Studies, Rice University
Hometown: Lawrence, Kan.
Ryan Morgan received his degree in sports management and
managerial studies from Rice University this spring. As a
student-athlete at Rice, Morgan competed on the Rice men's
golf team and captained the team as a junior and senior. In
addition he served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
and chaired the Conference Student-Athlete Advisory
Committee. While at Rice, Morgan also coordinated the Rice
University Orientation Week and lead student leadership
retreats. Last summer he interned in the public relations
department of Rives Carlberg L. P. in Houston,
Business Administration (concentration: Finance), University of
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Michael Naughton received his degree in business
administration with a concentration in finance from the
University of Notre Dame this spring. While at Notre Dame,
Naughton worked as a student assistant in the Office of Sports
Information, assisting with stats, media guides and press
releases. In the summer of 2003, he interned with the golf
division of the International Management Group ( ) in Cleveland,
Ohio. Additionally, Naughton has spent summers spotting for
CBS Sports and the Tour at the Quest International and bartending
at the Broadmoor Hotel. He also spent a summer as a
counselor in leadership training at Cheley Colorado