Gaining firsthand knowledge of the world of golf journalism, seven UA students attended the 2010 Memorial Tournament Journalism Seminar.

The seminar included an information session with two professional sports journalists, a tour of the Memorial Tournament’s press facilities, a press conference with a PGA Tour Professional Golfer, and the opportunity to view pro golfers on the June 1 practice day of the tournament.

Though Tiger was nowhere to be seen, students enjoyed the opportunity to see firsthand the world of sports journalism at the professional level.

The photos show a progression of the field trip.

Media access to the Memorial Tournament is at the media center, which is located at the 18th hole of the course.

Media access to the Memorial Tournament is at the media center, which is located near the 18th hole of the course.

Journalists Jerod Smalley and Bob Baptist held an informational session about their role as sports journalists covering the 35th Memorial Tournament. Students listened and asked questions about their work.

Journalists Jerod Smalley and Bob Baptist held an informational session about their role as sports journalists covering the 35th Memorial Tournament. Students listened and asked questions about their work.

Jack Nicklaus checks out the day's progress on a laptop in the media center before going out to his 11 a.m. press conference to begin the tournament. Nicklaus's nickname, the "Golden Bear," is due to his graduation from Upper Arlington High School.

Jack Nicklaus checks out the day's progress on a laptop in the media center before going out to his 11 a.m. June 1 press conference to begin the tournament. Nicklaus's nickname, the "Golden Bear," is due to his graduation from Upper Arlington High School.

Columbus Dispatch journalist Bob Baptist gives students a tour of the media room. He explained the setup of the room, from writers and photographers to radio broadcasters and PGA tour press areas.

Columbus Dispatch journalist Bob Baptist gives students a tour of the media room. He explained the setup of the room, from writers and photographers to radio broadcaster "boxes" and PGA tour press areas.

PGA Tour Pro James Nitties practices his swing in the driving range area at the tournament.

PGA Tour Pro James Nitties practices his swing in the driving range area at the Memorial tournament June 1.

Jim Furyk and his caddy, Mike "Fluff" Cowan, discuss the 13th green during the June 1 practice day at the Memorial Tournament.

2002 Memorial champion Jim Furyk and his caddy, Mike "Fluff" Cowan, discuss the 13th hole during the June 1 practice day at the Memorial Tournament.

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2002 Memorial champion Jim Furyk finishes his swing on the 13th hole June 1. His caddy, Mike "Fluff" Cowan, and PGA Pro Tour Golfer John Sender watch the ball on its way to the green.

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2002 Memorial champion Jim Furyk signs autographs for several UA students at the 2010 Memorial Journalism Seminar field trip.

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PGA Tour Pro Golfer Ángel Cabrera strides down the 14th fairway to make a putt.

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Students attended a press conference with PGA Pro Tour Golfer Mark Calcavecchia (right) in the afternoon. Calcavecchia, who joined the tour in 1981 and has won 13 PGA tournaments, discussed his years playing professional golf.

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The seven students who attended the 2010 Memorial Tournament Journalism Seminar, juniors Alison Gilbert, Kristy Helscel, George Kankia, Parijat Jha, Corey McMahon, Bo Fisher and Evan Smith, pose in front of the leader board with Arlingtonian adviser Carol Hemmerly.

Photos: courtesy JR Kunkle