A letter from our founder…

Ari Flaisher

To my fellow golf enthusiasts,

I am so pleased to introduce WE ARE THE FIFTY or as our team likes to call it, WAT50!

The WAT50 is a new tournament experience for America’s 50 state champions and their families to come together at an amazing golf venue and destination. For the first time ever these amazing players will have an opportunity to meet their 49 peer champions at a single event. In 2020 we launch with the WAT50 Junior Girls and Boys Championship where we are planning to stage a fun weekend long celebration filled with experiences, entertainment, and of course a major competition.

The mission simply stated: WAT50 will promote golf from the ground up and help grow this wonderful game by driving participation at the state level. Last year over 6,600 junior golfers played in America’s 50 state junior boys and girls championships. That 6,600 number is our bar for the next few years and we are confident that WAT50 can make a positive and successful impact. We are energized by the mission and the work that is going in to building something truly unique and special. Through that impact the ultimate goal is to inspire future generations of golfers to come who will fill American’s vast golf community.

There are few if any playing opportunities out there like the WAT50, one that will broaden and deepen relationships through shared competitive golf experiences with all states and their player representatives in attendance. State champions who for decades have never before had the chance to meet and share their love of the game can now do so on another national stage.

“WE ARE THE FIFTY” is a shout out to the 2019 state junior champions listed on our website to come and join us!

Sincerely,

Ari Flaisher
info@wearethefifty.com
WAT50 Founder

WAT50 Team

Sara Gilbertson

A dynamic and seasoned marketing professional with expertise building relationships with various constituents, managing critical problem areas, and delivering on commitments. With an MBA from the University of Chicago, Sara has worked at the NBA, the NFL’s Denver Broncos, National Geographic and World Wildlife Fund.

Nick Green

A sports marketing veteran working with major corporations including MasterCard, Canon, and Volvo and professional golfers on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, and LPGA. Nick has been the commercial director at events on all the major tours around the world and negotiated sponsorships on both the buy and sell sides

Andrew Szunyog

An experienced golf industry professional with a 15-year career focused on golf tournament administration and business operations. With an MBA from George Washington University, Andrew has worked as a collegiate golf coach at George Washington University, the tournament director at a private club in Maryland and several tournament operations positions with the Sun Country PGA, the Mid-Atlantic PGA, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the 2007 US Senior Open.

Rachel Boyle

A recent college graduate with design and social media marketing experience, Rachel earned her Bachelors Degree in Communications and Fine Art from Florida State University.  She has a keen eye for design and a passion for creativity. 
Rachel is working for WAT50 in a social media and content creation capacity.

Alfredo Bonilla Scarpetta

An experienced sports journalist who is currently enrolled in the Masters in Sports Management program at George Washington University, Alfredo has covered the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games among many other events in his native Colombia. With vast editorial knowledge and social media coverage, Alfredo has led social teams to promote and implement better communication strategies.

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