Momentum 2022: Our Year in Review

Quaker Ridge Fellows

quaker ridge fellows summer 2022 photos
quaker ridge fellows summer 2022 photos

This summer we completed another successful Quaker Ridge Fellows Program with eight students from New Rochelle High School. The highlight of each week was “Momentum Wednesday,” when students learned about STEM, financial literacy, writing, and public speaking and attended “career lunches” with club members from a variety of industries.

On their other days at the club, the students interned with the general manager, golf course maintenance, golf operations, tennis operations, the kitchen, and food and beverage. You can read about their summers here, and watch Nyah Rosado’s video report below.

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Stay Tuned

We have several other projects in the works, including:

  • Eagle Academy Harlem: Restarting the middle school and high school golf program in the 2023-24 academic year.
  • LifeScience Cares: Potential partnership with this nonprofit that would benefit hundreds of students from two NYC-based public high schools.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Programming at Golf Clubs: We are in discussions with a private golf club in New Jersey and a public 9-hole course in upstate New York.
  • The National Science Foundation, America’s Water Education Program: Our work with the NSF is progressing, and the Water Exhibition is scheduled for May 2023!

View From the General Manager’s Office

By Samantha Benjamin

Samantha Benjamin working in office

I spent my fellowship working with General Manager Bob Musich. This was a new role in the Momentum program, and I was lucky to have it.

I had the pleasure of exploring all aspects of the club and met a multitude of people who took the time to get to know me.

My day began around 10am. Each day was different, some relatively calm and others quite hectic. For example, it started to rain one day during lunch service. When members hurried in from the golf course, we had a big rush in the clubhouse. I helped out any way I could, asking the members if they needed anything.

Our Experience Working in the Tennis Department

By Lydia Dawit and Luis Gonzalez

Lydia Dawit portrait

Being a part of the Quaker Ridge tennis shop was a great way to spend our summer.

Everyone’s friendly attitude contributed to our experience, and we learned a lot while working with the members and the staff. In addition to our work, we got to learn how to play tennis and pickleball, and watching the matches at the club was almost as much fun as playing.

Luis Gonzalez

On July 10th, the club hosted a ”Breakfast at Wimbledon” event in which members were served a beautiful spread from Chef Joe and watched the Wimbledon finals while playing their own matches. We had a great turnout and everyone was excited to watch and play. This event, like all of the special events at the club, required a lot of behind-the-scenes work. We spent quite a while getting the TV connected to the cable box, and the cleanup was significant, with lots of leftovers and tables that needed to be moved back into the clubhouse. Despite the work involved, we really enjoyed interacting with the members on these special occasions.

A Day in the Life of a Quaker Ridge Fellow

By Darrin Greaves II

  • simulators at Quaker Ridge
  • golf shop
  • view of fairway
  • view of range

As a returning fellow, I expected my experience this summer to be similar to last year, but it was even better.

This year we played a more pivotal role in the golf shop and became familiar with the advanced technology around the course.

My days usually started around 8 o’clock. We prepared bags for the early tee times and greeted the members as they arrived. After meeting and having conversations with so many members, I started to feel welcome in the Quaker Ridge community. Many remembered me from last year, and it was nice to catch up with the people who first welcomed me last summer.

Feeling Grateful After an Amazing Summer

By Amitra Brown

Amitra Brown

My experience as a Quaker Ridge fellow was amazing.

I worked for Mario Guerra, the head golf pro. He and his staff were very welcoming, as were the members. I learned a lot on the job and had fun doing it.

Momentum Wednesdays, our weekly sessions run by Nancy Degnan, the program supervisor, and Brittney Benjamin, the program coordinator, were the highlight of every week. The guest speakers we had on these Wednesdays were amazing, and their advice was life-changing.

Gaining Confidence and Trying New Things at Quaker Ridge

By Alexander Ciriaco

Alex Ciriaco

My days at Quaker Ridge started early in the morning. I would arrive at the maintenance building by 6:30am ready to work on the course.

My job was to help keep the course looking good. I enjoyed the still mornings because of the occasional wildlife sighting. I saw deer, hawks and rabbits and in general enjoyed the scenery while I worked. I filled divots, watered, raked bunkers and even learned how to use a leaf blower to keep tees and greens clear of debris.

Sometimes a maintenance emergency would require the attention of the supervisors. On the Saturday of my first week, for example, I helped fix a water leak on the fifth hole. We dug up the pipe and I learned a lot about PVC and plumbing. 

This was my second year in the program, and it was extremely exciting. I met club members, employees and managers, and I reconnected with returning fellows and met the new ones. 

What I Learned at the Golf Shop This Summer

By Nia Gooden

Being a Quaker Ridge Golf Club Fellow was a deeply rewarding and truly educational experience.

I learned so much about the way a golf club and golf shop operate. The members – who are kind, respectful, and welcoming – are a big reason it was such a pleasant and motivating experience.

Working in outside operations and in the golf shop taught me how to adjust to unique situations, a skill that can be applied in many other workplaces.

Reflections on My (Second) First Day

Brittney Benjamin

By Brittney Benjamin

First days always have a surreal feeling to them, don’t they?

Whether it’s the first day of school or the first day at a new job, they always seem to bring a familiar, stomach-twisting mix of excitement and nerves. That’s how I felt driving through the gates at Quaker Ridge and taking in the beautiful green landscape.

It was not my first day at the club, but it was my first day there as the Program Coordinator and a Momentum alumnus. (I worked with Chef Joe last summer as part of the inaugural class.) As nervous as the new Fellows might have been, I think I was about five times as nervous. I wanted everything to flow as smoothly as the plan that I put together with Nancy Degnan, my supervisor and mentor.

Meet the 2022 Quaker Ridge Fellows

We are excited to introduce the young women and men from New Rochelle High School who have been admitted to the second class of Quaker Ridge Golf Club Fellows for the summer of 2022.

In their applications, these students said they were eager to work with mentors and learn more about educational and career opportunities. All of the students have an academic interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as in the arts – music, theater, photography and communication.

The fellows also shared their perspectives on making the world a better place, exploring and honing leadership skills, and developing personal strength and resilience. They are excited to meet the members of the Quaker Ridge Golf Club while working on their golf and tennis skills and making new friends.

The 2022 Quaker Ridge Golf Club Fellows are: