USGA Boatwright Intern
Mike was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but growing up in Colorado Springs since age eight, considers himself a native of Colorado. Mike has family ties to Arizona including his grandparents residing in Scottsdale. This is where he found his love for the game.
His first trip to the driving range at Coronado Golf Course, with cut down clubs, came at the age of three. While the passion for the game remained, a desire to participate in other sports took a strong hold and led to practice time being filled with competitive baseball and soccer. After one year at CU Boulder, that desire to compete arose again and Mike transferred home to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he walked on to the NCAA Division II soccer team. While the school offered a degree in Professional Golf Management, time conflicts and team commitments interfered and ultimately he graduated with a BA in Communications in 2010.
Through most of high school and college, Mike worked part time at a local art gallery in Colorado Springs. After graduating in 2010, he increased his role at the gallery to full time. Out of school and unsure of his future, he turned his focus back to the first game he knew, golf. With increased time to dedicate to practice and following the game a new passion to work in and help nurture the game became apparent.
Colorado is where he will always call home, but looking for a fresh start and a warmer climate he moved to Phoenix in July 2015. A few months of enjoying the golf and the weather he was hired as the P.J. Boatwright Intern for the Arizona Golf Association. His internship will last from April 1, 2016 until the turn of the year.
As a Boatwright Intern the goal is for Mike to be exposed to as many aspects of the golf industry as possible during his time, but the focus will be on the tournament side of the association. He will also be involved in the event planning and coordinating throughout the year. Welcome, Mike, to the Arizona Golf Association. We are excited to have you be a part of the evolution and experience of the AGA.