PGA WORKS: Creating a fairway to the golf industry for everyone
Hall has created a lasting legacy all her own in the last eight months as the Georgia PGA Section’s Paul Millsap PGA WORKS Fellow, sharing a passion and drive for golf and the people it connects that hardly goes unnoticed.
Named in honor of the four-time NBA All-Star Paul Millsap, the PGA WORKS Fellowship is a year-long immersion into the golf industry and gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to work for the PGA of America’s Georgia Section in Atlanta. PGA WORKS leverages scholarships, fellowships and career exploration events across America, as well the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to engage diverse talent and help them pursue key employment opportunities in the golf industry.
Hall grew up in the Dallas suburbs and was an avid junior golfer. She spent her childhood playing golf or attending tournaments, and she was a member of the Northern Texas PGA Junior Tour, the Texas Junior Golf Tour, and the Hurricane Tour.
“I actually grew up on hole No. 7 at my home club and was lucky enough to be introduced to the game at a very young age by my grandfather,” Hall remembers.
“I know the reason I’m where I am today is because of other PGA Professionals,” she says.
After starting her Fellowship last summer in Georgia, Hall quickly came to this revelation of how she could instill the same values she’s learned through the game in young professionals and students, all by leveraging the same tool she used growing up: her local PGA Professionals.
“I want other young players and students who aren’t familiar with what a Section is or other careers in the golf industry to see there is something for them, too,” notes Hall.
“It’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to pursue a PGA WORKS Fellowship,” says Hall. “I’ve always loved the game and what it’s given to me, but growing up I have also noticed the lack of diversity as a black woman in golf.”
“At that point, I really wanted to start exploring other careers in golf – there are just so many paths you can take,” Hall adds.
The Georgia Womens Open featured a Career Opportunity Reception where players were able to learn about the opportunities available in the golf industry.
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She led the creation of the Georgia PGA WORKS Mentorship Program. This program provides students from underrepresented backgrounds with the opportunity to form meaningful professional and personal connections with PGA Professionals, executives, and other professionals in the golf business.
“I certainly would not have the same opportunities if it weren’t for the PGA Professionals who have nudged me along the path I’m on now,” says Hall. “I wanted to build the mentorship program in Georgia with the same focus so other students can have that steady person in their life. PGA Professionals have paved the way for me and sparked the whole idea behind the mentorship program.”
“It’s allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and help build something that future Paul Millsap PGA WORKS Fellows can take charge of and call their own during the Fellowship,” says Hall. “I really hope this program can be picked up by other Sections. Its becoming harder to transition from high-school to college and college into young adulthood. I just hope more leaders, especially in the golf industry, can see this as a valuable tool for young adults.”
PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative, designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce funded by PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. Visit pgareach.org for more information about PGA WORKS.