Memphis Teen Lands Gig of a Lifetime
(Memphis) The FedEx St. Jude Classic is one of the biggest sporting events in Memphis. National and international media converge on Southwind to cover the tournament.
This year, one of the reporters is 17-year-old Glenn Hill, a Memphian who’ll be working exclusively for the PGA.
“I have complete access to pretty much everything except the Michelob tent,” he said.
He’s joking about the beer, but he’s serious about his job for the week.
“Every afternoon I have to report back with my story,” Hill said.
He knows this is a rare opportunity to meet some of his favorite golfers.
“These are people I see everyday on Golf Channel on TV,” he said. “It’s an unreal experience to be able to go out and talk to someone that you look up to.”
Hill got involved with The First Tee, a junior golf program, when he was 10 years old. The program uses golf to teach youngsters life skills like integrity, honesty and problem solving.
Once this basketball and football player got on the golf course, he was hooked.
“So I quit the other sports and became completely focused on golf,” he said.
Nyrone Hawkins, executive director of The First Tee of Memphis, says recommending Glenn for this job with the PGA was a no-brainer.
“There are over 200 – almost 300,000 – kids in First Tee across the nation and Glenn was in the top 100 academically,” Hawkins said.
In May, Glenn graduated fifth in his senior class at Harding Academy and will attend Lispcomb University this fall. He’s also a talented trombone player.
“Hopefully, other kids will start saying, ‘If do good, good things will happen to me,’” Hill said.
He added, “I’m just excited about being out here. I’m so blessed to have this opportunity.”