Internships can change the goal on where one wants their working career to head.
Dover’s Jack Jones found that out during his internships from the Eastern Kentucky PGA Golf Management Program.
The Eastern Kentucky University PGA Golf Management Program prepares students to become the next leaders in the golf industry.
Upon graduation, students are eligible for election to PGA membership while receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing and the PGA Golf Management concentration.
Jones, a 2017 Dover High School graduate, is heading into his senior year at EKU, located in Richmond, Ky.
Right now, Jones is serving his third internship at Westhampton Country Club on Westhampton Beach, N.Y. which is on Long Island.
“At first, I definitely wanted to use my Marketing degree in golf marketing whether it was with a club manufacturer, an apparel company or something like that,” said the former Tornado golfing standout. “After doing these internships, I’m now more interested and think I want to be at an actual green grass facility like at a country club and work as a golf professional.”
“It’s been a fun summer,” added Jones, a son of Thom and Debbie Jones. “I was a little worried it wouldn’t happen with what was happening in New York in April and May, but things got locked down pretty tight and its gotten a lot better.”
Jones works in golf shop whether it is selling merchandise or changing up displays among other duties.
He did note he does not sell the hats that get you a free bowl of soup like those in “Caddyshack.”
Earlier this month, junior golf lessons began on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and he helps instruct.
“That’s been a lot of fun,” said Jones. “That’s a good way to get into the teaching aspect of golf — to start with juniors.”
After graduating from Dover, Jones headed to Richmond, Ky.
“I chose EKU PGM because of the incredible staff and facilities,” said Jones. “At EKU, PGM students graduate with a Marketing Degree along with PGA Membership. I have also had great summer internship experiences at The Golf Club at Black Rock in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, (his freshman year) and Essex County Club In Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass (his sophomore year). I would highly recommend EKU to anyone seeking a career in the golf industry.”
Gabe Miller, a 2020 Dover grad and former Tornado golfing standout, is following his advice and heading to EKU.
Jones gets to rub shoulders with famous people from time to time. His first brush with greatness came right out of the gate his freshman year at The Golf Club at Black Rock in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.
“I met (Hall of Famer quatrerback) John Elway who was a member there,” said Jones. “I told him my dad and uncles (Tim and Ted) hated him and were in the Dawg Pound for The Drive. He thought that was funny, and was actually pretty nice to me. It was a pretty cool experience, especially being my first taste of being in the golf industry.”
After the three three-month internships, Jones will finish his senior year at EKU and graduate with a Marketing degree. He will go on one last seven-month internship and once completed will have PGA membership.
“I wanted to experience Long Island and the Hamptons,” said Jones. “This is kind of where I see myself…in the Northeast.”
Jones is expected to complete his internship in the Hamptons Aug. 13 and start school back in person at Richmond, Ky. Aug. 17.
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