TGA Foundation

Bill Penn Internship Program

One of life’s great accomplishments may be finding employment that is fun, exciting and fulfilling. The Bill Penn Internship Program provides high school golfers an introduction to the vast network of jobs, mentors and interests that the golf community provides. The TGA Foundation works with community groups like First Tee programs, and the Texas Junior Golf Alliance to carefully select motivated high school age students. Prospective interns complete a thorough application process detailing their interests and goals and are interviewed by both the TGA representative and their prospective club. Once hired, interns work on a rotating schedule providing them with opportunities to work in multiple areas of club operations. As part of the club commitment, interns are also given opportunities to learn and play the game of golf. The clubs gain access to young people with a golf background to fill seasonal employment needs and up to $3,000 in grant funding from the TGA Foundation to offset the personnel costs.

Bill Penn was a previous Executive Director for the Texas Golf Association and a true ambassador of the game. His commitment to growing the game was demonstrated by a lifetime of giving to the game as a volunteer and professional golf administrator.

*Due to COVID-19 the TGA has made the difficult decision to cancel the Bill Penn Internship program for 2020.*

Any questions can be directed to Kelly Kilgo at [email protected].

Program Goals

  • Introduce motivated youth to the many highly respected jobs and careers available in the golf industry.
  • Help TGA clubs invest in their local communities.
  • Help grow the game with golf instruction and course access for high school golfers.

Benefits of the Bill Penn Internships

For ClubsFor Interns
Invest in the youth of your local communityReal, paid summer employment
Find motivated summer staffIntroduction to careers in golf
Up to $3,000 in grant funding to offset intern wagesDevelop social and professional skills
Train potential long-term employeesBuild self-esteem
Grow the game and enrich the lives of junior golfersProfessional golf instruction and course access

Host Clubs and Interns

2019Christian Cargile: Quail Valley, Missouri City
Anola Chanthalangsy: Fort Worth, Mira Vista Country Club
Cade Cook: Carrollton, Indian Creek Golf Club
2018Natalyah Guerrero: Austin, Great Hills Country Club
Claire Kirby: Lubbock, Lubbock Country Club
Andy Cortez: Harlingen, Harlingen Country Club
Jackson Newsum: Dallas / Fort Worth West, Vaquero Club
Jack McKay: Houston, River Oaks Country Club
2017Annaliesia Salazar: Dallas, Dallas Athletic Club
Alyssa Trevino: Houston, River Oaks Country Club
2016Stephen McNierny: San Antonio, Golf Club of Texas

Program Documents

Overview of Bill Penn Internship

Intern Guidelines

Club Guidelines