He looks like one of the many interns from courses across long Island. But something about his greeting led me to believe there might be an interesting story about this young man.
“How ya doing mate?” Oh yes, something’s definitely different.
Taylor is taking part in a trade apprenticeship where he resides in Sydney, Australia. The program incorporates four to five days working with the greens staff at Killara Golf Club, under the tutelage of Ground Manager Ryan Fury.
“He’s the best boss I’ll ever have without a doubt,” Taylor says referring to Fury, quick to point out the many opportunities that have been extended to him as an eager student. Taylor also attends classroom studies one day each week, a requirement of the program. He is using the U.S. Women’s Open volunteering stint to bolster his education. Having volunteered at events in Australia as well, he describes his experience here as “helping to make history here. It’s a really nice feeling.”
While the educational part of his trip has been good, his experiences here as an avid golfer are mind blowing. Taylor is in the midst of a 23-day golf holiday in the U.S. courses he has played so far are a venerable list of a who’s-who of golf.
Olympic Club, Pebble Beach, Spyglass are a few on our left coast. Here in New York, The Bridge Club and Maidstone so far, with Sebonack, Paramount, and National Golf Links still yet to be played.
This isn’t the first time he has done this. Last year, just after turning 18, Taylor took a golf holiday here in the States and played 21 courses in 21 days in five different states. How does he get onto some of the most exclusive courses in the country?
“I’m fortunate enough to have a chance to host many members of these courses at New South Wales (where Taylor is a member), and I have a lot of friends over here. I just say, if you have a friend who’s coming to Sydney, I’ll host them. That’s opened a lot of doors for me,” he says.
This self-proclaimed “pretty easy going” young man who admittedly likes to “stir up a bit of trouble” in a light-mannered sort of way has a passion for many aspects of the game. He hopes to complete his program in Sydney, and come back to the States to enter the Penn State turf program and earn his degree before joining the industry here. He is motivated and clearly not afraid for anything. So don’t be surprised if Michael Taylor rings you up someday mates!
Editor's note: This information was provided by GCSAA Northeast Region field staff representative Kevin Doyle.