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Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3
Class Notes: Alumni Profile

Golf Enthusiast at Work and Play

Julie Williams
Julie Williams

Golf has always been a large part of Julie Williams’ life. Growing up in Brookfield, Mo., she remembers how during the summers, she and her sister would wait for their dad to come home from work and take them to play golf. As she got older, Williams started working at the golf pro shop during the summer months. She would often play 18 holes of golf early in the morning, work in the shop during the day, and go back out to the range or the putting green in the evening. Later on, William’s passion for golf influenced her career path which led to her current position working as a sports writer for Golfweek magazine.

When it came time to start looking at colleges, Williams’ golf skills led her to Truman State University when she was recruited by Sam Lesseig, the head women’s golf coach. Midway through her freshman year, Williams became involved with the Index, the student-produced newspaper, where she served in various capacities including news reporter, assistant news editor, news editor and editor in chief. Covering hard news, Williams spent a majority of her time on the crime beat.

“Putting the paper to bed each Wednesday night was one of the best feelings I’ve experienced, whether it was at midnight, two or three in the morning,” says Williams. “I learned so much from the Indexers who came before me, and looking back, I continue to be impressed by the quality of that newspaper.”

Juggling classes, golf practice and work at the Index meant her days were tightly scheduled. “Golf practice was always my favorite part of the day, so the Country Club sticks in my mind as one of the best things about Kirksville,” says Williams. “The men’s and women’s teams played together a lot when I was there, and I loved catching up with everybody on the range and the putting green, grabbing a few teammates for a quick nine, and then walking up the 18th fairway to see Coach sitting on the clubhouse veranda waiting for us.”

After graduating from Truman in 2009, Williams headed south to Florida for an internship with Golfweek magazine. About two months into her internship, a full-time job became available, and now she’s approaching her two-year anniversary with the magazine. A majority of her time is spent working on, the magazine’s website, where she handles the day-to-day maintenance of scores, short gamers and photo galleries posted on the website. She also covers women’s golf on the junior, amateur and college scenes for both the magazine and the website. “I’ve covered a few LPGA events, and I hope to cover more the longer I’m with Golfweek,” says Williams.

One of the best parts of her job is the opportunity to travel to different areas of the country. “I feel very fortunate to have found a job that puts me on a golf course or thinking about golf almost every day, says Williams, who enjoys living near the coast in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and working in Orlando, Fla. “I covered my first LPGA major–the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.–and I’m looking forward to my first U.S. Women’s Open in July.”

She also enjoys meeting people on the road and telling them she’s a Truman graduate. “It’s funny, I have this old, sweat-stained Truman hat I played all my competitive rounds in the final two years I was in college, and I still wear it to cover a lot of events,” says Williams. “People always comment on it, and it’s been a great conversation starter.”

Even though she kept extremely busy in college, Williams says the return on those commitments was priceless. “I had a lot going on with the paper and golf, but I still had plenty of time with my friends, too,” says Williams. “No regrets looking back.”

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