Staff Spotlight: Caila Roberts

Staff Spotlight is a weekly feature that helps showcase some of the incredible members of the AJGA staff.
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Fast Facts

  • Name: Caila Roberts
  • Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Internship Year(s): 2016/17
  • Began Full-Time: 2018
  • Role(s) during time with the AJGA: Operations Intern; Tournament Assistant Intern; Tournament Director; Regional Manager, Northeast
  • College/Graduation Date: Elon University, 2017
  • Major/Minor: Sports Management and Business Administration
  • Favorite TV shows: Insecure, Schitt's Creek, Guy's Grocery Games, Law & Order SVU, Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy
  • Favorite movies: The Hate U Give, Walk to Remember, Pursuit of Happyness... and of course, any good sports movies (Remember the Titans, Radio, etc.)
  • Favorite artist: TSwift
  • Favorite teams: Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets & Tar Heels
  • Number of states traveled to: I think it's around 35

Get to know Caila

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Caila at a 1998 Dance Recital.

  • What's one thing people don't know about you? I grew up competitively dancing for 16 years - ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz. I was also on my high school and college dance teams.
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Caila and her fellow seniors from their high school Senior Night.

  • Were you involved in golf before the AJGA? How were you introduced? I had very little experience in golf prior to the internship. Growing up golf was always on TV on Sundays and I loved going to the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow every year, but that’s about it. I met Lauren Shelly at an Elon job fair my sophomore year, but was too young to apply. When I turned 21 my junior year I applied for the internship and, as they say, the rest is history.
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Caila and her fellow AJGA staff members at the 2018 ANA Junior Inspiration.

  • What's your favorite AJGA experience/memory? My 2016 summer internship (S/O to team 1) – we were mainly in the Northeast and spent time in NYC, hiked in Vermont, went to Canada and got to witness Bills Mafia in action in Buffalo. Since then some of the highlights have been Masters 2019, JAX Beach 2019, Rules of Golf Exam 2020, the Junior PLAYERS Championship, ANA Junior Inspiration, and the HV3 Junior All-Star.
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Caila and her 2016 summer intern team in Times Square.

  • What's your favorite thing to do outside of the AJGA and golf? I love to travel, especially when I can tack on a trip after running an event. Since we haven’t been able to do much of that lately I love a good game night, reading, listening to podcasts, and binge watching the latest TV show or docu-series.
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Caila and the rest of the students from the Semester at Sea.

  • What's the best day or moment of your life to this point? In 2015 I went abroad with Semester at Sea. In four months we sailed around 16,000 nautical miles and visited 4 continents, 11 countries and 41 cities.
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Caila in Senegal.

  • What's your favorite interaction with a junior/sponsor/alumni/etc? This is a tough one because I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with so many amazing stakeholders – golf courses, committees, volunteers & sponsors. Overall, I believe the most meaningful is having the opportunity to work in the Diversity & Inclusion space with others in the golf industry such as Dr. Michael Cooper, the HV3 Foundation and Cameron Champ Foundation who are all dedicated to growing the game and making it more accessible to minorities and under-served communities.
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Caila with Harold Varner III from the 2020 HV3 Foundation Junior All-Star Championship. She was the Tournament Director for the event.

  • Who's been your biggest influence in life? I’m gonna have to go with my parents for this – I’m the youngest of four kids and of course wouldn’t be where I am without them. I should also probably give some credit to my dad for my career choice. He’s obsessed with golf and always wants to talk golf and the rules.
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Caila and her parents at her Elon University graduation ceremony.

  • Would you rather win an Olympic Medal, an Academy Award or the Nobel Peace Prize? Nobel Peace Prize
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Caila and her fellow students riding camels in the Sahara Desert.

  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? Teleportation