Mackenzie Culhane Joins the Western NY PGA as Third PGA WORKS Fellow

Opening Doors for Diverse Individuals in the Golf Industry

East Amherst, NY (March 4th, 2021)  –  The Western New York PGA Section (WNYPGA) is pleased to announce the hiring of its third PGA WORKS Fellow, Mackenzie Culhane of Avon, NY. Culhane will join the Western NY PGA Staff in Mid-March of 2021 for a 9-month internship.

PGA REACH WNY, the 501(c)(3) foundation of the Western New York Section, PGA of America, includes the three pillars: military, youth and diversity/inclusion. PGA WORKS is the flagship program for diversity and inclusion within the PGA REACH foundation. The PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain experience in all facets of the golf industry.

The primary responsibilities of Ms. Culhane will be to support and execute philanthropic activities for the Western New York PGA and PGA REACH WNY, including PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), junior golf programming, such as the Junior Tour,  PGA Jr. League and Drive, Chip & Putt. Additionally, Ms. Culhane will play an integral role assisting with marketing and communications efforts to promote WNYPGA Professionals.

Mackenzie (Mac) Culhane graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Major in Sport Management and Minor in Communications. While attending Brockport, she competed as a Student-Athlete on the Women’s Soccer team.  Prior to joining the WNYPGA she interned for both OnCore Golf and Brian Jacobs Golf Academy. “Both of these positions helped prepare me for the PGA Works Fellow position by showing me the inner workings of the golf world including; sponsorships, marketing, social media, event planning and most importantly the love for golf and how it brings people of all backgrounds together,” said Culhane.

“Growing up, I was always around golf and that created a lifelong love of the game that further made me want to turn it into a career,” Culhane’s grandparents are members at Pinehurst Resort, Oak Hill Country Club and Cobblestone Creek Country Club, “so I remember seeing Michelle Wie practicing on the hole in my grandparents backyard and just idolizing her.”

While with the WNYPGA, Culhane strives to give youth in the Western NY region a similar experience and love for golf that she has since it is a lifetime sport that can be played by anyone and everyone. “I am truly honored to be an addition to the WNYPGA team and to get the opportunity to share the love of golf with people of all backgrounds in an effort to change the face of the golf industry,” said Culhane.

“The Western New York Section is excited to hire its third PGA Works Fellow. We look forward to working with Mac and providing opportunities for her that will eventually open doors to a career in the golf industry,” said WNYPGA Executive Director Steven Bartkowski.

The Western New York PGA and PGA REACH WNY are fortunate to once again have the support of PGA REACH National to hire on a PGA Works Fellow in 2021. Mac is the third fellow for the Section since 2019.  The first ever PGA Works Fellow for the WNYPGA is now working in a full-time position as Operations Coordinator for the Section and Foundation.

To learn more about the PGA WORKS Fellowship Program, visit pgareach.org/pgaworks.

To learn more about PGA REACH WNY, visit westernnewyork.pga.com

 

Media Contact:

Jacob Coles, Operations Coordinator at (716) 247-6283 or jcoles@pgahq.com

About PGA REACH Western NY

PGA REACH WNY is the 501 (c)(3) charitable arm of the Western New York Section, PGA of America. The foundation was started by local Western NY PGA Professionals with the focus of impacting lives throughout the Section (Buffalo, Rochester, & Erie) through the game of golf. Our programs align with the founding pillars: Military, Youth, and Diversity/Inclusion.

About the Western New York PGA Section

The Western New York Section, PGA of America (WNYPGA) is a group of approximately 300 PGA Members and Associates serving the needs of golfers across Buffalo, Rochester and Northwest Pennsylvania.  The Section was founded in 1925 and is one of the 41 Sections that make up the PGA of America. The PGA of America, founded in 1916, has grown into the world’s largest working sports organization with more than 27,000 Members and Associates. Geographically, the Western New York Section is bordered to the west and north by lakes Erie and Ontario respectively.  The southern border dips about 2 miles into Pennsylvania and includes the cities of Erie, Warren and Bradford. The eastern border is a line that extends along and beyond NYS Route 14. There are approximately 200 golf facilities in the section.

The Western New York PGA also operates a non-profit and charitable foundation called PGA REACH Western NY that focuses on its three founding pillars: youth, military, and diversity/inclusion.