W&J golfer Bagiatis gaining on-job training

| Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

After a stellar season as a freshman on the Washington & Jefferson men's golf team, Hunter Bagiatis of Hempfield is happy to have a summer job in which he can share his experiences with young players.

Bagiatis plans activities and markets golf to children as a paid intern with Keystone's Premier Golf Association in Delmont. The nonprofit provides services to golf courses and players across the state.

“It's nice to work in golf and really nice to work in junior golf,” said Bagiatis, 19.

Bagiatis finished just one shot behind the Presidents' Athletic Conference medalist with a 36-hole total of 151 (73-78) this spring. A first-team all-conference selection, he placed first or second in his last three events for a Washington & Jefferson squad that was conference runner-up.

Bagiatis learned about the internship after entering Keystone's tournaments in middle school and high school.

Nick Brucker, the association's tournament director, said Bagiatis has been good at registering players and directing them on and off courses in orderly fashion.

“He has a good head on his shoulders for being so young,” said Brucker, 27, a former Clarion golfer.

Bagiatis is undecided about a major. He expects the internship to help regardless of what he studies.

“I'm developing really good organizational skills,” he said.

Bagiatis has been invited to the inaugural Pittsburgh Public Links Championship at the Pittsburgh National Golf Course in Gibsonia Aug. 11. Sponsored by Keystone's, the tournament is for adult players 16 and older who have handicaps of 9 or less.

About 40 golfers are expected, Brucker said.

Washington & Jefferson coach Sean Dove said Bagiatis has plenty of potential.

“Hunter always has a positive attitude,” Dove said. “He's just a great kid. He grinds his rounds out well and always is so competitive. As much as he's a great player, he's a better person. It will be a joy having him another three years.”

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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