Patrick C. Lynch
Professional Golf Management
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Celebration Program (.pdf)
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Recipient Showcase Poster (.pdf)
Beginning his undergraduate coursework on the Marion Campus of The Ohio State University, Patrick Lynch shared that his most valuable learning experience in college were the internships he completed at Scioto Reserve Country Club. The head golf professional there was also a graduate of the Professional Golf Management program at OSU. Learning from someone who had gone through the same program was beneficial, because Patrick could ask for his advice on a career in the golf industry, internships, and schoolwork.
Patrick’s most enjoyable and rewarding experiences throughout his undergraduate studies were the Professional Golf Management tournaments. Every spring and autumn semester, the PGM program holds five to six tournaments that the PGM students may compete in. Patrick found these to always be enjoyable because it allowed him to make friends and play golf with other students in his major. It also gave Patrick activities to look forward to during the long semesters. He enjoyed that they were both competitive and unique; every tournament was different and utilized different formats, including some as team events, which he particularly enjoyed.
The single experience that gave Patrick a great sense of accomplishment was the Professional Golf Management Club’s five-week junior golf clinic with The First Tee of Central Ohio. He enjoyed teaching the junior golfers who showed interest while at Ohio State and considers his time spent there impactful. Through introducing the game of golf and teaching life lessons to a younger generation, this involvement delivered on one of Patrick’s lifelong goals, which he hopes to do more of in the future. As a member of the club, Patrick has helped with this program each year since 2017.
Patrick’s work experience involved both working and interning at Scioto Reserve Country Club. In the summer he worked in the golf department as a player service employee and pro shop attendant/assistant golf professional, and for the events department in the winter. This arrangement allowed him to have a job outside of the golf season, and he also gained valuable experience in the hospitality and food & beverage areas of the Country Club. The most challenging aspect of this experience was making sure to manage time between work and classes.
Patrick is proud that his academic accomplishments include recognition on the Dean’s List for several semesters.
After graduation, Patrick plans to continue working at Scioto Reserve Country Club as an assistant golf professional. While working there, he aims to become a certified PGA Professional through the PGA of America and to continue to advocate for the game of golf.
Patrick’s mentor during his time at The Ohio State University has been Mr. Tim Kerr. Patrick selected Mr. Kerr because he was able to help Patrick find and secure internships at Scioto Reserve Country Club, which have been a significant part of Patrick’s life for the past few years. Mr. Kerr has also always been there to answer his questions and help Patrick navigate the process of completing the internships.