by Shelby Jacobson Hunt

This month we are checking in with three more of our FREDDY Interns across the Pacific Northwest Section to see how their journey in the golf industry is going. For those unfamiliar with this initiative, visit – FREDDY stands for Forming Relationships to Expand Diversity and Develop Youth, an initiative created by the Pacific Northwest Section PGA of America in honor of our late president, Sean Fredrickson.

Bryan Tunstill from Columbia Edgewater Country Club has selected Lucas Post, a junior at Grant High School, to be the club’s FREDDY Intern. Lucas is focusing upon studies in AP Calculus and Japanese.  His 6’ 4” frame comes in handy on the basketball court, where he plays basketball for the Generals.  In his spare time, he enjoys swimming with friends at High Rocks Park on the Clackamas River and visiting with friends and family in Japan.  He also volunteers through Leisure Hour Golf Club, a non-profit group that supports African American Golfers playing in the Pacific Northwest, by assisting with golf lessons for elementary school aged children at Colwood Golf Course. At CECC, Lucas has been gaining experience in outside services, pro ahop operations, turf team, pool and lifeguard, clubhouse maintenance, and membership and marketing. We are excited for Lucas to experience our industry as he continues to learn more about it.

At Eugene Country Club, Bill Morach has found Tannica Porter, a collegiate golfer at Dixie State University to join our FREDDY Intern program. Tannica studies undergrad communications at Dixie State and plans to achieve her master’s degree in communication with a focus in non-profit and corporate communication. Her journey in golf began when she was only three years old, taking trips to the driving range with her dad. Tannica’s golf career jump started as she began competing in junior events and eventually making her way to collegiate golf. We hope this internship will help continue her passion for golf and offer new networking opportunities for her.

From Bellingham Golf and Country Club, Matt Fredrickson and Cameron Fife chose intern Grady Burkett from Lynden, Washington for our FREDDY Initiative. Grady just graduated from Meridian High School earlier this year and will be headed to Whitworth University this fall and join the golf team. His plan is to study education and pursue a future in golf. His interest in the game grew over quarantine, playing golf with his dad and brother. Grady says he has been “addicted ever since then.” We hope Grady continues his passion for golf and has a great experience at Bellingham Golf and Country Club.