2013Sep 13

@LU_SPAD Internship Profile: Brennan Doyle– PGA TOUR Tournament Operations Intern

Fourth Year SPAD Student, Brennan Doyle, is currently completing his internship with the PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR has been around since 1929, and is North America’s premier golf organization. Working with such a prestigious organization truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Brennan was gracious enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to share some of his summer experiences with us.

Awarding Tiger the Trophy on the 18th Green (Brennan Doyle second from left)

Awarding Tiger the Trophy on the 18th Green (Brennan Doyle second from left)

Q: Working with the PGA TOUR is a very unique opportunity, what influenced you to pursue an internship with this particular organization? Were you a golfer growing up?

BD: I have been around the game of golf my entire life, competing at the national level as a junior and on the Laurentian Golf team throughout university. When I was applying for internships I was looking for a golf specific position that would allow me to apply my extensive knowledge and background of the sport.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit more about what your internship duties were?

BD: I was the Operations Intern for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and reported to the Operations Manager. Together we managed the entire build out of the golf tournament, coordinating a variety of operational aspects including all deliveries for the PGA TOUR and Bridgestone. After the tournament I was responsible for managing the entire take down of the event, which included coordinating schedules with several vendors to ensure a timely exit while working to accommodate the host club.

 A culminating project I had throughout the internship was to create an operation manual for this year’s event, with the purpose of transferring best practices. This operations manual was a 100 page document that included credential board templates, course structure drawings, overhead pictures for specific setup locations and contact information for all vendors and suppliers.

Q: As you just mentioned, you had the opportunity to work at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament won by Tiger Woods. For those who are unaware, can you explain the difference between a WGC Tournament and a traditional PGA TOUR Tournament?

BD: The WGC Bridgestone Invitational is one of four World Golf Championship events that have a limited field consisting of the top 75 players in the world. These events amongst several others are organized by Championship Management which is PGA TOUR headquarters. The tournaments that are not run by Championship Management are co-sanctioned events that are a part of the PGA TOUR schedule and are usually run by the title sponsor.

Q: What was it like to be in attendance for a Tiger victory? The atmosphere on the course must have been electric!

BD: Whenever Tiger is in a tournament the atmosphere is always elevated, and even more so when he is in contention. The combination of great weather and Tiger leading the tournament set up for record crowds and an electric atmosphere. On Friday, Tiger was on track to potentially shoot 59. For a Friday, the atmosphere felt like Sunday as fans ran from hole to hole cheering him on in the late afternoon.

One of my most memorable experiences was being on the 18th green with the trophy as Tiger approached the green to win the golf tournament. Standing just off the green as Tiger made his victory clinching putt was something incredible and exciting.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in the classroom benefited you with your everyday duties at the PGA TOUR?

BD:  The entire four years at Laurentian has prepared me for this internship. The fourth year field trip consulting project might have prepared me the most as we were forced to go outside of the norm with our projects which translated into exceptional quality work. The continuous research, PowerPoint formatting, and countless practise presentations were all transferable skills that allowed me to excel.

Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your time with the PGA?

BD: Everyone has a degree and knowledge to perform well, however, it is the people who are able to interact and relate with others who will succeed. My boss told me that when he hires his interns he is not just looking for a candidate with the most experience but instead looking for someone he will enjoy working with throughout the internship period.

Q: What are your plans once your internship with the PGA TOUR is over? Do you plan on pursuing a career in golf?

BD:  I really enjoyed my experience with the PGA TOUR, between its standard of excellence and exceptional staff it is definitely an organization I would like to continue working for. Moving forward I am exploring my options with the TOUR and have plans to begin the New Year in Tucson, Arizona for a few months with the WGC Accenture Match Play.  Long term I could see myself becoming a Tournament Director with Tour.

 

The SPAD Blog would like to thank Brennan for taking the time to speak with us, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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