Meet the NGA's 2020 Interns
USGA Boatrwright Jr. Interns Began June 1
OMAHA (June 5, 2020) – The NGA’s USGA P.J. Boatwright Interns started on Monday and the 2020 class includes Ryan Goertzen, Will Morris, Alek Timm, and Gavin Wheeler.
The Boatwright program began in 1991, and the USGA has invested nearly $30 million to provide college students and other qualified applicants with hands-on experience as staff members at the USGA’s network of Allied Golf Associations (AGAs). The value of the internship funding in 2020 totals $1.7 million.
The program honors the contributions of P.J. Boatwright, the USGA’s third executive director, who played a pivotal role in both the USGA and golf in the United States. An accomplished amateur player, he served as executive director of the Carolinas Golf Association for five years before joining the USGA in 1959. He served the association until his death in 1991, leaving a legacy of sportsmanship and service.
Goertzen and Wheeler are general golf interns, while Morris and Timm will focus on communications for the NGA.
Ryan Goertzen is from Aurora, where he played golf for the Huskies during his high school years. He’s currently a business administration major at UNL. He says his favorite part about golf is the competitive aspect to it, as well as the fact that it’s an individual sport.
Gavin Wheeler is from Pleasant Hill, Missouri. He studies marketing and management at UNL. He says he’s excited for this summer to learn more about tournament operations, as well as making relationships throughout different parts of the world of Nebraska golf.
Will Morris is returning for his second year with the NGA. He’s from Omaha, and just finished up his third year studying broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri. He says he’s most excited to continue telling stories of Nebraska golfers this summer, and that he’s missed being on Nebraska’s courses.
Alek Timm hails from Arlington, and studies sports media and communication at UNL. He says he’s most excited to highlight the talent that Nebraska golf has. He says a lot of good golfers come from the state, and he’s excited to be able to cover them.
For more on the USGA P.J. Boatwright Internship Program, visit the link below.
About the NGA
The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, is comprised of all members of public and private clubs and/or municipal or regional golf associations which utilize an approved handicap service recognized by the USGA and provided by the NGA. Our mission is to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values to all golfers in Nebraska. Among the duties of the Association include governance of member clubs and service as their handicapping and course rating authority, conduct of state golf championships, local USGA qualifying & other notable competitions, promotion of junior golf, presentation of worthwhile educational programs and support of allied golf organizations in Nebraska. The Nebraska Golf Association is an Allied Golf Association of the USGA and carries out core services including Handicap Administration and Oversight, Course Rating, Rules of Golf and Rules of Amateur Status, Tournaments and USGA Championship Qualifiers and USGA Initiatives and Community Programs.