Staff Spotlight: Solomon Hughes

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Fast Facts

  • Name: Solomon Hughes
  • Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
  • Internship Year(s): 2016
  • Began Full-Time: 2017
  • Role(s) during time with the AJGA: Communications Intern; Tournament Coordinator; Tournament Manager; Tournament Director; Regional Manager, South Central; Regional Director, South Central
    • In addition, I've had brief stints on various Entertainment Committees (IRW + Staff Retreat), the Interview Selection Team, and the D&I Task Force
  • College/Graduation Date: University of Cincinnati, 2016
  • Major/Minor: Marketing
  • Married: Maybe one day
  • Kids: No chance
  • Favorite TV shows: Narcos, Ballers, House of Cards, Last Chance U, The Challenge, Amazing Race, Survivor, Ozark, Law & Order SVU, The Hills
  • Favorite movies: Not a huge movie guy, but these were the first few I thought of: Star Wars, the Bourne Trilogy, and Wolf of Wall Street
  • Favorite artist: Kanye West
  • Favorite teams: Cincinnati Bearcats, Philadelphia Eagles, whatever team Lebron James is on

Get to know Solomon

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Solomon competed in the US Chess Federation from 2004-08. US Chess is the official governing body and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for chess players and supporters. This photo is from the 2004 US Chess Federation National Championships at Disney World.

  • Were you involved in golf before the AJGA? How were you introduced? I was probably the least involved with golf that you could possibly be prior to day one at 1980 Sports Club Drive. Outside of knowing who Tiger Woods was and knowing the Masters was a tournament, I had zero involvement. I found the AJGA on a job board and had a friend at school who did the internship the year prior.
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Solomon and his girlfriend Hailey Estes at the iconic 16th hole at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

  • What’s your favorite AJGA experience/memory? Waste Management 2020, Ryder Cup 2018, every Killington Cup, Carlton Woods 2018, Innisbrook 2017, Rules Exam 2019, Aspen, Thunderbirds, and many, many, many more...
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Solomon and his friend at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

  • What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the AJGA and golf? First thing that comes to mind is travel. Pre-coco I was on a three-year streak of making at least three international trips a year. I also love to wine + dine and consider myself to have an expert knowledge of the local scene in Atlanta. Very big into any and all outdoor activities. Right now snowboarding is the first thing that jumps out, though I also enjoy skateboarding, hoops, football, everything else.
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Solomon took a snowboarding trip to Aspen, Colorado, last year.

  • Where do you want to go next in your career? I’d love to go back in time and purchase as much $GME as possible, sell for a profit and then fast forward to retirement, but I'm also enjoying riding my current wave and excited to see where it takes me next.
  • What’s the best day or moment of your life to this point? Everyday is a blessing!
  • What’s your favorite interaction with a junior/sponsor/alumni/etc? At the Masters in 2019 our Tulsa Tournament Chair and I met an Augusta National Golf Club member on the grounds during Wednesday’s practice round. After chatting we were invited to an after party hosted by a few members of ANGC at an off-site location. It was at this after party where I met our friends at Westrock Coffee, which later turned into an AJGA event and my first sponsorship deal.
  • Who’s been your biggest influence in life? Probably my mom
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? I think I would choose flying. It sounds fun and would let me hang up my car keys permanently.
  • Would you rather be the best player on a horrible team or the worst player on a great team? Who wouldn’t want to be the star of the team, belle of the ball?