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Bryce Walker

Bryce Walker is a fellow for the New Jersey section of the PGA of America. His role in the PGA WORKS Fellowship involves several professional development sessions and networking opportunities. He engages with community outreach projects, assists in organizing golf tournaments, and liaises with industry professionals, positioning him to make significant strides in his sports industry career.

Ximena Davila

Ximena Davila is the Foundation Coordinator at the Southern Texas PGA Section. Her fellowship role involves developing professional skills, expanding her network, and gaining first-hand experience in the sports industry. In addition to coordinating events, she works on strategic planning, partnership development, and member relations, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of the industry.

Destany Hall is a TGA Foundation and Outreach Manager at the Texas Golf Association and a Tournament Manager at the Women in Golf Foundation. Her role emphasizes skill development and networking, preparing her for long-term career success in the sports field. She is deeply involved in communications, golf program operations, and membership engagement, giving her a broad base of experience and expertise.

Karena Ballard

Karena Ballard is a fellow at the PGA REACH Gateway Foundation. Her role involves a variety of professional development experiences and plentiful networking opportunities within the sports industry. She spearheads marketing initiatives, assists with event planning, and engages in strategic planning sessions, equipping her with a strong foundation for a career in sports.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Bryce Walker, Ximena Davila, Destany Hall, and Karena Ballard share their locations and roles at PGA WORKS
  • What made Bryce, Ximena, Destany, and Karena apply to the WORKS Fellowship?
  • The interview process at PGA WORKS
  • How to be a fellow in PGA without a background in golf
  • What is DCP?
  • The experience and skills needed to join the PGA WORKS Fellowship
  • What does a day on the course actually look like?
  • The pros and cons of the fellowship
  • Applying to the fellowship in different states
  • How PGA WORKS prepares you for a career beyond the fellowship
  • Bryce, Ximena, Destany, and Karena‘s advice to anyone considering applying for the fellowship role

In this episode…

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of sports and expand your professional horizons. Whether you’re a recent graduate or seeking to transition into a career in sports, the world of fellowships offers an avenue to gain valuable industry experience and develop crucial skills.

The PGA WORKS Fellowship is a program designed to foster diversity within the golf industry. Led by the PGA of America, this program provides the fellows with opportunities to work in various aspects of the golf industry including tournament operations, marketing, and communication.

In this episode of WRK and WIN, host Corinne Milien sits down with four current PGA WORKS Fellows: Bryce Walker, Destany Hall, Karena Ballard, and Ximena Davila. They delve into their personal experiences with the fellowship, providing valuable insights into the program’s benefits and its vast array of opportunities. Tune in to learn about their networking opportunities, the importance of a support system when relocating, and advice for aspiring fellows considering the application process.

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