Tavistock Cup Helps Golf Academy of America Students Sharpen Tournament Operations Chops

Mar 21, 2011

Third-semester Golf Academy of America students Donnie Allis and Dan Courtney not only got some big-time golf tournament operations experience at the recent Tavistock Cup in Orlando, they also were able to rub shoulders with the likes of Tiger Woods and his caddy, Steve Williams (pictured).

Allis and Courtney joined about 50 of their fellow Orlando campus students who volunteered at the annual event in the areas of scoring, security, crowd control, player assistance and special events such as the Long Drive and Closest to the Pin contests during the two-day event. Golf Academy of America students have participated in tournament operations for all eight years of the Tavistock Cup, one of the most exclusive private golf events in the nation.

The Tavistock Cup event featured a four-club competition for the first time in its history between the golf professional members of Albany, Isleworth, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and Queenwood Golf Club.

''This is always a great experience for our students,'' said Brad Turner, campus director of the Orlando Golf Academy of America. ''They will learn a great deal about tournament operations at events like these, supporting what they learn at Golf Academy of America. This experience will come in handy when they start managing major golf events of their own in the real world.''