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Alumni represent Fisher at 2013 PGA Championship


This past August, Fisher found itself squarely in the hotbed of the professional sporting world with the Buffalo Bills taking up residence on campus, and the PGA Championship Tournament taking place just a mile away at Oak Hill Country Club.

Right in the middle of the action at Oak Hill were two 2010 graduates, Erin Cameron, a PGA of American employee, and Cheol Kessler, an Oak Hill employee.

Erin serves as a Championship Manager of Administration, working to coordinate the massive network of volunteers for the week-long 2013 PGA Championship. Her work for this week began two years ago, coordinating 3,830 volunteers, ranging in age from 16-91, from seven countries and 38 states. She managed 45 volunteers committees, with 65 committee chairs, and 16 executive committee members.

Erin feels that her time at Fisher led her to this point in her career. As a student, Erin was involved in many activities including basketball, Sport Management club, and she completed six internships as a part of her course work. “I learned many lessons,” said Erin. “Some were hard and some were easy, some in the classroom, many outside.” She’s enjoyed her role with the PGA and looks forward to more challenges in the wake of the 2013 Championship. While Erin was busy managing the 2013 PGA Championship from the volunteer side, Cheol was working to ensure that Oak Hill Country Club was prepared to give the PGA golfers, club members, and the Rochester community an exciting, comfortable, and fun experience.

Also a Sport Management major, Cheol participated in many internships, with one leading directly to a job after his graduation. “I interned for the club’s general manager my senior year,” says Cheol. “I applied because I wanted to better understand how host clubs operated and prepared for major championships. This became the perfect opportunity for me.”

As Service Manager for Oak Hill, Cheol’s work was greatly impacted by the 2013 PGA Championship. “There was a lot of pressure to represent the club, the membership, and Rochester community in front of the golfing world,” said Cheol. And it was a success.

Cheol and Erin weren’t the only members of the Fisher family working at the PGA Championship. Nate Waldron ’03 is the Championship Manager of Operations, PGA of America, and 26 students served as interns and volunteers for the PGA. The tournament took place in Rochester, August 5-11.

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