For Some, Boatwright
Internship A Stepping Stone To Career In Golf
January 21, 2008
By Donna Mummert
I was fortunate to serve as a P.J. Boatwright Intern for
the Carolinas Golf Association during the summer of 1997.
At the time, I was a senior at Winthrop University in Rock
Hill S.C., majoring in finance and playing for the golf
team - and altogether unsure of my next step in the real
world. On one of my first days on the job at CGA's offices
near Pinehurst, N.C., Executive Director Jack Nance told me
that I had been invited to Far Hills, N.J., to attend the
USGA Orientation for Boatwright Interns, with all expenses
paid by the United States Golf Association.
"Of course I'll go!" I quickly replied. Not
only could I not pass up this great opportunity to learn
more about the USGA - and what was in store for me at the
CGA over the next few months - but it would give me a
chance to visit my family back home, only 20 miles from
USGA headquarters in north central New Jersey.
I soon received materials from the USGA indicating that
we would have a full week of seminars, covering all aspects
of the USGA. While the focus would be on the Rules of Golf
and Handicapping and Course Rating, we also had sessions on
Championship Administration, Media and Communications, and
Equipment, as well as tours of the Research and Test Center
and the USGA's Museum. I also knew this would be a chance
to make many new, like-minded friends and meet some of the
staff working at Golf House, as USGA HQ is known.
As the week progressed I realized that there are many
career paths within golf administration, and this would be
something that I would pursue once I returned to Winthrop
for my final semester. The interns, based at state and
regional golf associations from around the country, became
a close group. It was tough to say good-bye at the
conclusion of the week.
Jack Nance kindly let me spend a few extra days in N.J.
visiting family. The day after the USGA Orientation
concluded, we headed to our local golf club to determine
who would earn family bragging rights for the summer.
Walking through the clubhouse, I looked up and saw a newly
familiar face: Larry Adamson, then USGA director of
Championship Administration. He had spoken to the
Boatwright interns at the seminar, and here we were playing
at the same course - members of the same club, no less.
After we chatted a bit, I was pleased to realize I had made
not only a new friend but also perhaps a good contact for
Throughout my six months as an intern for the CGA, I was
able to apply many of the tricks of the trade that were
taught to us during the Orientation. I took a special
interest in the Course Rating process and, as a numbers
person, enjoyed crunching them to determine the final
result. Two other areas that I took a liking to were the
Rules of Golf and course marking for competitive play -
both involved being out on the course during the
During my final semester at Winthrop the next spring, I
forwarded my resume to Adamson. Although he did not have
any positions available in Championship Administration, I
did learn that the Handicapping Department had just created
a new Coordinator position.
On June 8, 1998, I started my life in the real world,
working for the USGA and the game I love. Throughout my 10
years at the USGA, I have kept my friendships with my
fellow Boatwright Intern alumni, and I continue to work on
Amateur Status matters with Jack Nance and his staff at the
CGA (as well as with many state and regional golf
associations whose executive directors are former
Boatwright interns). And each spring, I also look forward
to the Boatwright Intern Orientation Seminar. Only now,
it's me who speaks to the group - and to no small number of
interns individually asking for some "real world"
guidance. It's my way of giving back to a program that most
definitely helped launch my career in golf.
Donna Mummert is the USGA's Assistant Director,
Amateur Status & Rules of Golf, and also directs the
U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. She played collegiately
at Winthrop University and qualified for the 2004 U.S.
Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.