Golf History and Careers in the Industry highlight the day
Sixteen junior golfers from the SCGA Foundation G.A.M.E. Club spent the day at the historic Los Angeles CC Monday, June 27. The event was organized by SCGA Board Member, Bob Fischer, who invited fellow members to join him as mentors for a day. General Manager Kirk Reese began the day with a guided tour of the clubhouse while speaking about the history of the club and its recent renovation of the famed North Course, which the participants then played alongside their mentors. The juniors were in agreement that the course was “challenging, but really fun” and the day was highlighted by 13 year old Dario Hamada’s eagle on the 504 yard Par 5 8th hole and the performance of Aaron Grimes shooting a 74 from the back tees.
Following the round, participants learned about career opportunities in the golf industry, both on and off the course. First Assistant Professional Chris Murphy, House Manager Ivee Yu, and Director of Golf Courses and Grounds Russ Meyers all gave presentations about their chosen professions and provided information about how to get started in such careers. Trey Woods, a participant from The First Tee of South Los Angeles, took particular interest in learning about the PGA Golf Management University Program, as discussed by Chris, and will now be widening his college search.
G.A.M.E. Club is a pilot program for 11-18 year olds that provides golf opportunities, develops awareness of career options, introduces mentoring and creates educational outings and opportunities. Youth are empowered to create their own options by “earning” points through volunteering, academics, University field trips, leadership and tutoring (the VAULT).