Taylor Hollander joins the Golf Association of Philadelphia staff as Player Development Director.
In this newly-created position, Hollander will focus on strengthening the Golf in Schools program, developing golf clinics, spearheading the Association’s involvement with the USGA Play9 initiative, expanding the Junior Players Club and fostering relationships with local youth organizations.
“I’m really excited to be working with the school aspect because growing up, I noticed a lot of my friends drifted more toward the team sports and away from golf. I never really understood why because now they’re all playing again,” Hollander, 23, of Kennett Square, Pa. “I’m excited to try and find a way to keep Junior golfers engaged all the way through and not take that gap in between the age of 10 and 24. When I played as a Junior, I was always by myself. I think if we can get more kids involved, they won’t feel as though they’re by themselves. If we can create more of a team aspect, it will keep them more involved.”
“We are excited to welcome Taylor into the GAP family,” Mark Peterson, the organization’s executive director, added. “Her enthusiasm for the game and dedication to a life filled with development via athletics makes her a wonderful fit for our interest in finding and developing golfers across all spectrums.”
Hollander graduated from the University of South Carolina in May 2016, where she majored in broadcast journalism and marketing. During her time there, Hollander worked on a daily news television program and shadowed at sports radio station 94.1. She also handled social media efforts during the 2013 RBC Heritage.
Hollander, a Kennett Square Golf & Country Club member, played on the golf team at Unionville High School, serving as captain during her senior year. Golf is a family affair; her parents, Jeff and Leigh, and sister Chelsea, a junior at Saint Joseph’s University, all traverse the course regularly.
“Talking to my dad and growing up in the area, I’ve seen what the Golf Association of Philadelphia can do for the sport. Everyone here cares and wants to help golf expand and become something people tend to focus on more,” Taylor said.
Golf Association of Philadelphia
Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 153 Full Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.