Matt Byers’ journey from Dublin, Ireland to the Monterey Peninsula is not an erotic journey from Milan to Minsk. It’s a story about hard work and creating opportunities for oneself in an effort to have a career doing what one is passionate for.
There are 500,000 people that call the golf course their office, but the journey to get a job in the golf industry isn’t always an easy one. Matt Byers, born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, is one of those 500,000 that is honored to call the golf course his office, and boy is it a nice one. Byers is an Operations Manager for the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, a leading charity in the Monterey, California area whose primary means of raising money comes from running the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Nature Valley First Tee Open. Once building for the event begins at Pebble Beach, Byers gets to experience the legendary views every day. But how did he come to call this legendary course his office? The answer: Hard work, dedication, drive, a tremendous amount of schooling and numerous internships.
Growing up in Dublin, Byers started playing the game of golf when he was 7-years-old. While he always played the game for enjoyment, he realized at the age of 15 that he wanted to ultimately work as a professional in the golf industry. Even though he was unsure what specific part of the industry he wanted to end up in, he knew that he needed to learn the basics such as the physical limitations of a golf course and what went into their maintenance. He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in England with a Foundation degree of Science in Sports turf along with a Bachelors of Science degree in Golf Course Management. Byers then continued with his education by attending Lea Roches in Marbella for his post grad in Golf Management. During pauses in his ongoing education, he was a greens keeper at the Dukes Course in St. Andrews and the K Club in Ireland.
It wasn’t until Byers took an internship with IMG in the summer of 2011 that he found his calling. It was at this time that all of Byers’ experiences culminated; his love of golf, building, management, and working in operations for the Deutsche Bank Championship. During this internship Byers established relationships with key players in the industry. His hard work and lasting impression with IMG then led him to another operations internship this past summer with The Barclays Tournament at Bethpage Black. Even though it was his hope to land a full-time job, Byers knew the experience he would gain could only help him. “I was willing to grind it out and do internships, says Byers. “You have to pay your dues and you’ll get there in the end.”
As it turns out he was right. The countless late nights and early mornings Byers put in both on and off the golf course gave him the experience required to succeed. All of his hard work and dedication has paid off and he could not be happier at his new position with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. A position that allows him to take in the breathtaking views of Pebble Beach every morning.