Country Club and USGA Create Lee Elder Internship to Help Under-Represented Youth Build Golf Careers

The Brookline Country Club and the United States Golf Association announced this week the creation of Lee Elder Internship, to provide under-represented youth with various career options in the golf industry.

The weeklong internship will provide hands-on experience for 25 people at the 2022 US Open, which will be held at the club from June 13-19. Named after Elder, who in 1975 became the first black man to play in The Masters, the internship will include tournament operations, media, course maintenance and design, sales and marketing, operations and facility management, and more, to help bring more diversity to the golf industry.

“I have always worked hard to help disadvantaged children have better opportunities in life,” Elder said in a statement. “I am honored to be associated with this important new program, a program that will provide several exceptional opportunities for minority representation in golf.

The Country Club and USGA will cover the costs of the program and provide accommodation for the interns. Applicants can apply to

“Diversity remains one of the main challenges facing the golf industry, a challenge that can only be met with continued attention and initiatives to reach underrepresented people,” said Will Fulton, Member of TCC, General President of the US Open 2022.

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