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An intern’s (second) farewell

January 2, 2019

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How do you sum up one of the most memorable nine-month stretches of your life? I’m going to try to do so right here.

The reason I came back to the Golf Association of Philadelphia for a second stint was because I wanted to have a job in some capacity after college. There’s always pressure associated with the end of schooling because the next logical step in your life’s process is to secure full-time work. I knew going back to GAP would be a great way for me to continue to better my skills as well as provide more leeway to find a full-time job.

My biggest takeaway from year two was how much more I grew during my Periscope broadcasts of our Majors and how our audience grew. I remember our broadcast of the quarterfinals of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship hosted 9,000+ viewers including nearly 700 at its trending peak. That’s the one I am most proud of.

I also wrote a lot more copy this year also. More Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine stories, more coverage from our events and more photos. I gained so much experience from working at GAP that I couldn’t imagine getting at any other employer.

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My experiences at GAP will absolutely help me going forward. I want to have a long and sustainable career in golf, and working for GAP has given me the skills and confidence to put me on that path.

My most memorable experiences from the past two seasons were being able to go to the best courses our region has to offer and cover events. On my list of favorites in no particular order were Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon), Hershey Country Club (West), Country Club of Scranton, Wilmington Country Club (South), LedgeRock Golf Club, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Rolling Green Golf Club, Stonewall, Llanerch Country Club and Gulph Mills Golf Club.

It’s amazing to me how many quality golf courses lie in this area. Which is why it is a hotbed for tremendous golf.

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One specific instance I’ll always remember is Saucon Valley Country Club’s Matt Mattare holing out for eagle on the first playoff hole at Cedarbrook Country Club to secure a spot in this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

What I’ll miss the most is the Communications team here. Marty, Tony and Dan were such great people to work for and they cared about my development. I owe them a lot for my time here.

I’ll also miss the great interactions I had with players, volunteers, golf club staff, superintendents, Executive Committee members and much more. All of these people are the lifeblood of GAP. Without them we don’t have an organization.

So with this, I am moving on from GAP. After a total of nine months, my time is up. It was one of the best nine-month stretches of my life. It is one I will never forget. I will always hold my memories here in the highest regard.

Thank you to everyone who made it so special.

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