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PGA Tournament Director Inspires UNH Students

Billy Sakmann

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The University of New Haven’s Sports Management Department hosted another prominent speaker earlier this month. Nathan Groube, Tournament Director of the Traveler’s Championship, visited and talked to students about the twists and turns of his life, as well as how to succeed in not only the sports industries, but all industries.

Groube’s key message was to never be afraid to fail, because the regret of not trying something would always be more painful than giving something all you have and failing. Graduating college with a political science degree, Groube had no idea what the next step in his life was. But, he loved to play golf, and decided to take a huge leap and try to play professionally. He took jobs waiting tables and helping out at a golf course in order to help him pursue his dream. Ultimately, he failed, but tried the best he could towards something he wanted, so he had nothing to regret.

Continuing to work at the golf course and willing to do anything to help, his hard work did not go unnoticed. His ambition and willingness to do whatever his job demanded him ultimately landed him a position as Tournament Director for the Buick Championship. Buick dropped their sponsorship the following year, with the media questioning Groube as if it could be his fault. However, Groube bounced back from the setback, and the newly named Traveler’s Championship has been flourishing ever since.

The Traveler’s Championship is held each year in Connecticut, and the proceeds go to charity as Groube heads a non-profit tournament. Groube says writing checks to charities every year with his daughter is the best part of his job, and seeing his hard work translate to great donations to charity especially rewarding.

Groube did not come to the University of New Haven to just tell the story of his career, he urged students to take to heart the lessons he has learned. He stressed that hard work can seem fruitless, but it really does not go unnoticed. It distinguishes the good workers from the great ones, and can result in career advancement in unimaginable ways. Groube says when managing his staff, he values hard workers over flashy resumes. Often times, he said, he would hire a diligent worker for an office job before figuring out their exact position. He just sees the qualities that he desires for his staff, and finds a position that suits their strengths.  

Groube implored students to be open to anything, and recommended not following a five year plan, as career paths can change instantly. In all careers, but especially the sports industry, hard work and networking will lead to success. He added to try as many internships as possible, to learn about what you like and do not like in a potential job.

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