The four days of the Presidents' Cup may have been rainy and wet, but, in the end, the American team was victorious. If you watched any part of the competition, either in person or on tv, you witnessed exciting matches and incredible golf. You also may have seen OSU PGM students in action. Actually, OSU PGM students were involved in the event from Tuesday through Sunday. In addition, one of the students, Jeff Quinn, is a PGM intern at Muirfield Village, under the supervision of Head Golf Professional, Larry Dornisch; so, he got a lot of valuable big-time tournament experience during the week and beyond.
On Tuesday, five students who were awarded Morton-Zoller OSU PGM scholarships were invited to the inaugural First Tee of Central Ohio luncheon, where they were recognized for their accomplishments. Anthony Barbo, Evan Hartnett, Alex Kaufman, Elizabeth Kifer and Jeff Quinn, along with OSU Vice-President for Agriculture, Bruce McPheron, listened to presentations from Jack Nicklaus, Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA Tour, and Joe Barrow, Executive Director of First Tee and had the chance to meet other dignitaries. In addition, Elizabeth was asked to speak at the luncheon to describe how First Tee-Morty's Kids has helped her achieve her goals in life.
Wednesday brought more excitement. It started with a fundraising breakfast for ForeHope at the Country Club of Muirfield. OSU PGM students Evan Hartnett and Alex Kaufman were treated to more than a delicious breakfast. They experienced an inspiring presentation by Major Dan Rooney (PGA of America member, Air National Guard fighter pilot and founder of Folds of Honor). Evan is also a PGM intern for ForeHope, which uses golf as therapy for the physically- and psychologically-disabled. Later that day, Elizabeth Kifer participated in the opening ceremonies for the Presidents’ Cup, where she was the bearer of the actual Presidents’ Cup trophy.
Thursday through Sunday, OSU PGM students put their muscles to work at the actual tournament. Seven students (Anthony Barbo, Brit Gerber, Evan Hartnett, Elizabeth Kifer, Ryan McMillen, Jacob McPheters, John Merrill) were standard bearers, carrying scoreboards for the individual groups of competitors. Said Ryan McMillen, who was with the two-some of Adam Scott and Bill Haas during the Sunday individual match-play competition, “I learned alot that day about how to conduct myself as a professional. Mr. Scott and Mr. Haas were ultimate gentlemen, throughout the day, even though they were locked in fierce competition. It was a great experience being that close to the action.” Ryan was also a part of the Block-O group, representing Ohio State, on the first tee. Another student, Matt Roesch had a very unique experience during the tournament. Matt worked for NBC Sports, helping to move the on-course commentators and camera operators around the course to their designated announcing locations.
In all, the opportunity for OSU PGM students to be involved in a high-profile, once-in-a-lifetime event like the Presidents' Cup is something they will carry with them for the rest of the golf careers. Ohio State PGM is fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with outstanding organizations like Muirfield Village Golf Club, the PGA Tour, First Tee-Morty's Kids, ForeHope and NBC Sports who are to be thanked for thinking of OSU PGM and for asking our students to be a part of the event.