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Rising senior Kelly Roy would have been right at home commuting to her summer internship in a golf cart. That’s because the home of the PGA Tour, her summer employer, is little more than a driver and a pitching wedge from her backyard.
Marketing major Kelly Roy is interning at PGA Tour headquarters.Image Credit: Submitted
The 20-year-old marketing major lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., headquarters for the PGA Tour, the organizer of men’s professional golf events in the U.S. and North America. Kelly was one of the 24 interns from around the world that the PGA Tour hired for its internship program this summer.
The PGA Tour employs about 1,000 people with approximately 750 of them in Ponte Vedra Beach at Sawgrass, the golf course which annually hosts one the Tour’s biggest events, The PLAYERS Championship. The interns are dispersed in a variety of departments, including finance, marketing and human resources.
“Growing up with the PGA Tour in my backyard, I always knew about their internship program. It’s a coveted program that is very hands-on where you work with top management on projects,” Kelly said. “Given that I’m interested in a sports marketing or communications career, I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, and it’s so close to home.”
Kelly credits her involvement with business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi as having enhanced her interview skills. But she points out that it was a family connection that helped get her foot in the PGA Tour headquarters door.
Her father, Tommy Roy, is lead golf producer for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel, and produces 25 events that include network and cable coverage. He’s won 31 Emmy Awards for his behind-the-scenes work as a television sports producer.
“It’s hard to be a member of my family and not be involved with golf. In addition to …