The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Colorado PGA has named Elizabeth Whan the Foundation’s First PGA WORKS Fellow.
The PGA WORKS Program provides a 12-month paid Fellowship at the Colorado Section headquarters in Larkspur, Colorado. Whan will be a support to Colorado PGA REACH charitable golf programs in the Youth, Military, and Inclusion Pillars. These programs include PGA Jr. League and Junior Golf programming such as Drive, Chip & Putt, Colorado PGA Golf in Schools and Youth on Course, as well as PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).
Leading up to her fellowship role, Whan has gained intern experience working for several sports organizations, including the Dallas Stars, Dallas Cowboys, Learfield IMG College, Chicago Blackhawks, and most recently, the Green Bay Packers. She graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, departmental distinction, and minors in Advertising and Sport Performance Leadership.
“Colorado PGA REACH is being very intentional in diversifying the golf industry’s workforce, so it becomes more reflective of the consumers the golf industry collectively aspires to attract,” comments the Colorado PGA CEO and Executive Director Eddie Ainsworth, PGA. “We are extremely excited to have Elizabeth join our team as we continue to make strides in golf becoming a more inclusive sport and career.”
The PGA WORKS Program aspires to be the most valuable entry-level opportunity for individuals to gain experience in all facets of the golf industry. As part of the mission of PGA WORKS, fellows are encouraged to continue their journey into a career of golf following their fellowship and the program has an 85% placement rating post fellowship. The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is fully funding the fellowship for Whan – the first of its kind in Colorado.
About The Colorado PGA
The Colorado Section of the PGA was founded in 1957 as the 31st Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Today, more than 830 PGA Members and Associates work at over 250 golf courses and facilities in the Section. For more information, visit coloradopga.org.
About Colorado PGA REACH
Colorado PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Colorado PGA. PGA REACH programming ensures that regardless of age or background, cost will not inhibit one’s involvement and enjoyment of golf. 92 cents of every dollar raised for the Foundation goes back to the programming.
About PGA WORKS
PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. Funded as one of the pillars of PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS leverages fellowships, scholarships, career exploration events, and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from all backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org.